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Vasquez's triple-double leads Hornets past Hawks

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Posted: Feb 8, 2013 10:39 PM by PAUL NEWBERRY
Source: associated press

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ATLANTA (AP) - Greivis Vasquez had his first career triple-double and Eric Gordon scored 27 points, leading New Orleans to a 111-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night and a rare winning streak for the last-place Hornets.

Vasquez scored 21 points, dished out 12 assists and grabbed 11 rebounds for New Orleans, which rallied from a 14-point deficit in the first half and withstood a late charge by the stumbling Hawks.

Al Horford drove for a slam that cut the Hornets' lead to 98-94 with 3½ minutes remaining. But Ryan Anderson sank a 3-pointer that caught the front of the rim, bounced high off the backboard and fell through. Anderson pumped his right fist; the Hawks never got closer than five the rest of the way.

Josh Smith led Atlanta with 23 points.

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