Chris Paul ended his shooting slump and that helped the Hornets end their three-game losing streak.
Paul, who had made just 7-of-29 shots during the losing streak, made 7-of-15 as he finished with 23 points and 14 assists in the Hornets' 98-91 victory at Memphis on Friday. Paul had shot just 34.7 percent in the previous 11 games and made just four of his last 24 three-pointers.
"I think with the tempo we played at a nice pace, and I didn't have to play against a set defense all night," Paul said. "It was nice. I was able to get into the lane and create a little bit. We picked up the tempo. When we play at that type of tempo, that's the kind of game we need to play, and the kind of game we all can thrive in."
They were coming off a lackluster 107-88 loss at New York on Wednesday, which was essentially over by the time the Knicks took a 20-point lead after three quarters.
"We were very disappointed in ourselves after the New York game," guard Willie Green said. "We had a team meeting, a coaches' meeting, every kind of meeting you can have. We just wanted to come out (Friday) and play with a much better effort, and we did that."
The Hornets, 36-28, won for just the fifth time in 17 games. They won for the first time in three tries on their longest road trip of the season, which continues at Cleveland on Sunday before concluding at Chicago on Monday.
"It was the same thing we've been doing all season -- fighting through adversity," Paul said. "We have ups and downs. It's a good win for us."
HORNETS 98, GRIZZLIES 91: The Hornets broke from a 72-all tie after three quarters by outscoring the Grizzlies, 26-19, in the fourth quarter Friday night in Memphis. Willie Green led the way by scoring 13 of his 15 points in the final period. The Grizzlies missed an opportunity to tie the score when Marc Gasol missed two free throws with 34.1 seconds left, leaving the Hornets with a 93-91 lead. Jarrett Jack made two free throws two seconds later and the Grizzlies didn't score again.
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