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11/03/2012 1:21 AM EDT
Hornets beat Jazz 88-86, Davis hurt

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Hornets' first win of the
season was overshadowed by an injury to rookie center Anthony

The No. 1 overall pick in the draft was inadvertently elbowed in
the head by fellow rookie teammate Austin Rivers and left the
game in the first half and didn't return to the Hornets' 88-86
victory over Utah on Friday night.

The team said after the game that Davis had a mild concussion
and would not accompany the team to Chicago for Saturday night's
game and listed him as day to day.

Davis had eight points - all on dunks - six rebounds and two
blocked shots before being injured with 4:51 to play in the
first half.

The last-second win was even more impressive for the Hornets
since they were also missing guard Eric Gordon who is out
indefinitely with a right knee injury that limited him to nine
games last season.

Talking before the game, coach Monty Williams would not confirm
a report by Yahoo! Sports that Gordon would miss 4-to-6 weeks.
Said Williams: `'We're still processing information. We haven't
talked to any doctors. We certainly haven't talked to our
doctors on a day we're getting ready for a game."

Greivis Vasquez hit a driving layup with 1.3 seconds left to
give New Orleans the win.

Vasquez, who had 13 points and 10 assists, drove past Gordon
Hayward, who fell to the floor, and banked in a short shot over
Al Jefferson. Utah had a chance to win after calling a 20-second
timeout, but Mo Williams' fallaway 3-pointer at the buzzer
bounced off the rim.

"I was just focused and it was a huge shot," Vasquez said. "It
was my first huge shot of my NBA career."

Vasquez started 26 games last season - his second in the NBA -
as the Hornets struggled after dealing All-Star guard Chris Paul
to the Los Angeles Clippers in a trade he forced. The experience
has paid off through two games this season, with Vasquez
following a 13-assist effort against San Antonio on Wednesday by
hitting his game-winner against Utah.

"The angle he had, I can't figure out how that ball went in,"
Monty Williams said. "I just thanked the Lord and moved on. The
play was created for him to go with his right hand. He just made
a heck of a play."

Robin Lopez and Ryan Anderson both had 19 points for the
Hornets. Anderson's fifth 3-pointer with 32.7 seconds left gave
them an 84-83 lead. After two free throws extended the lead to
86-83, Utah's Paul Millsap drained a 3-pointer to tie it,
setting up Vasquez' finish.

"We were trying to switch everything," Hayward said. `He just
turned around and hit a tough shot."

Reserve Randy Foye had 20 points for Utah while Williams added

Anderson, who made an NBA-best 166 3-pointers for the Orlando
Magic last season, got open on the baseline to hit what appeared
like it might be the game-winner when Utah missed two shots on
its next possession.

Instead, Millsap responded with a 3-pointer on a second-chance
opportunity from the wing with 7.1 seconds left. He was 18 of 74
from 3-point range in his first six seasons in the NBA.

"I was like, `No way! No way,' when he let it go," Vasquez said.
"You've got to give him credit."

The Hornets closed it out without Davis, who scored 21 points in
his debut on Wednesday in the Hornets' 99-95 loss to San
Antonio. At least for one half, they did not miss him, scoring
34 of their 48 second-half points in the paint.

New Orleans relied on the combination of Vasquez and Lopez in
the fourth quarter. Vasquez scored and had two consecutive
assists as the Hornets turned a 70-67 deficit into a 73-70 lead.
Lopez had a point-blank putback, a hook shot and a follow tip of
his own missed putback to give New Orleans an 81-77 lead with
4:01 left.

"He is playing tremendous and he has got his confidence back and
we'll keep going back to him," Hornets forward Jason Smith said.
"We kept it close and came up with a big win down the stretch.
The drive by Greivis to win the game, he makes that shot on a
consistent basis and that's why we go to him."

Foye hit a 3-pointer - his fourth of the game - to make it
81-80. Millsap drove for a dunk to give the Jazz an 82-81 lead,
and seconds later, Vasquez was called for a charge.

After a replay reversal gave Utah the ball with 1:10 left,
Hayward hit one of two free throws with 52.4 seconds left.

Foye blocked Roger Mason's outside shot out of bounds, leading
to a New Orleans timeout and setting up Anderson's shot from the

Before leaving, Davis made two spectacular plays, following a
missed floater by Vasquez with a one-handed jam and driving
through the lane for an emphatic dunk when no one picked him up.

"We learned a lesson," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin. "We have to be
more aggressive at the start of the game and play all 48
minutes. We didn't play our best basketball."

Notes: The Jazz began a stretch with eight of 10 games on the
road after going 11-22 away from home last season. ... Neither
team shot a free throw until Vasquez hit one with 3:32 left in
the first half. Utah's first foul shot came with 1:26 left in
the half.

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