Davis shines as Hornets down Bobcats, 97-82

Davis shines as Hornets down Bobcats, 97-82
October 9, 2012, 11:16 pm
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Charlotte Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions (7) drives to the basket in front of New Orleans Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez (21) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis had 22 points, nine rebounds and blocked a shot, and the New Orleans Hornets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 97-82 in a preseason game Tuesday night.

Robin Lopez added 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks for New Orleans, while Ryan Anderson was 5 of 6 from 3-point range, finishing with 15 points.

Rookie Austin Rivers scored 13 points and Al-Farouq Aminu 12, while Greivis Vasquez had 11 assists.

Ben Gordon had 15 points for Charlotte, while Byron Mullens hit four 3s and finished with 14, but left with a hyperextended left knee in the fourth quarter. Team officials said they expected his injury to be re-evaluated Wednesday. Kemba Walker and rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each scored 10 points.

Down 57-46 at halftime, the Hornets surged in front for good by opening the third quarter with a 12-0 run during which Davis and Rivers combining for seven points.