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Fast Start Powers Cleveland Past Hornets

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers jumped out to a 21-0 lead over New Orleans and pulled away in the third as the Cavaliers (14-9) defeated the Hornets (6-18) 97-88 on Monday night.

It was the third straight loss for New Orleans and the sixth straight home win for Cleveland.

"We had a lull in the second quarter and in the third quarter, which really allowed them to get back in the game, but we sustained the effort for close to 48 minutes," Cavaliers forward LeBron James said.

The 21-0 lead to open the game is the largest since a 22-0 lead for Portland against Boston in 2004.

"Being 21 down against an elite team on their floor is tough to overcome," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. "We played a good enough offensive game to win against a terrific team, but our first-quarter defense was obviously poor."

Despite trailing 21-0, the Hornets did fight back and closed the gap to within two points. However, after cutting the deficit to 59-57, New Orleans watched as the Cavs went on a 21-9 run to end the third.

James finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds while Kevin Love added 22 points and 28 rebounds for Cleveland. Meanwhile, Kemba Walker led the way for the Hornets, pouring in 24 points while Al Jefferson added 14.

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Pelicans' Guard Eric Gordon Says He Can Be Doing More

NBA via New Orleans Hornets(NEW ORLEANS) -- Despite a decline in production and trade rumors swirling, New Orleans Pelicans' guard Eric Gordon says he can be doing more out on the court.

"Individually, I think I can give more, do more," Gordon said. "People here think I should be this big-time 20-point (per game) scorer. This is more of a team game here, this system here. It's a different adjustment."

"For me, now it's all about playing as many games as possible and getting my body back to being used to playing an 82-game season, because I haven't had that in almost two to three years now," he added.

Despite his immense talent, Gordon has battled injuries for a majority of his career. This season, he's been healthy for the Pelicans, but he's averaging a career-low of 15.9 points per game.

Back in July 2012, Gordon agreed on a four-year, $58 million contract.

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Clippers' Chris Paul Hopes to Return for All-Star Game

NBA via Los Angeles Clippers(NEW YORK) -- Even though he's spent most of 2014 recovering from injury, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is expecting to suit up and play in the All-Star Game on Feb. 16.

"If I can play, I'm going to play, I love to play that much," Paul said Wednesday. "The All-Star game is in New Orleans and that's part of me. That's where I played my very first All-Star Game. Anytime you have that opportunity, I'm not going to pass that up because it's not guaranteed to happen next year."

Paul suffered a separated shoulder last month and he hasn't been able to play since. He was originally expected to miss six weeks of action, which would put him in line to be able to play in the annual event.

Before his injury, Paul was the leading vote-getter to start at point guard in the Western Conference, but has since been surpassed by Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry.

In 34 games this season, Paul is averaging 19.6 points and 11.2 assists per game.

Paul spent the first six years of his career with the then New Orleans Hornets.

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Pelicans' Eric Gordon Hopes to Be Healthy at Start of Camp

NBA via New Orleans Hornets(NEW YORK) --  Despite his talent, New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has had a hard time staying on the court due to health. Still, he hopes to be healthy by the time camp opens up


"Health-wise, I've been doing pretty good, been taking it slow moving around really well," Gordon told the Boston Globe. "As long as I get to the 100 percent point before training camp, that's what I'm looking forward to."

Over the past four seasons, Gordon has missed 40 games, 57 games, 26 games, and 20 games. Still just 24, Gordon hopes to emerge as one of the premier two-guards in the NBA again. Despite the missed time, Gordon has averaged 18.0 points during his career with the Los Angeles Clippers and the former New Orleans Hornets.

During the offseason, the New Orleans Pelicans have put together an impressive offseason by bringing in players who could take them back to the postseason. They acquired All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday as well as Tyreke Evans. Those two, along with Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson, and Gordon, have assembled a roster that could challenge for a postseason berth.

Gordon was the main piece the Hornets acquired in the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers.

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Report: Charlotte Bobcats Out to Become 'Hornets' Once More 

Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Charlotte Bobcats have started the process of changing their name back to the Charlotte Hornets, according to a report by

Sources told CBS Sports that the Bobcats are looking to acquire the assets that will allow them to be called the Hornets once more.

The Charlotte NBA franchise was known as the Hornets from 1988-2002, before the team relocated to New Orleans.

There is no timetable for the switch, but NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver told season ticket holders in April that any name change would take 18 months.  It became a possibility when the New Orleans franchise recently changed their name to the Pelicans.

The Bobcats became the NBA's 30th team in 2004, making the playoffs once in their nine-year history. 

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New Orleans Hornets Officially Become the Pelicans 

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) --  The New Orleans Hornets have begun a brand new chapter in their NBA history.

After a 27-55 season, the team announced that it will be called the Pelicans from now on, beginning with the NBA draft lottery on May 21.

"We have been looking forward to this day since we announced the Pelicans as the new name," owner Tom Benson said in a statement. "The Pelican is a symbol for our city and region, and we're excited to start a new era in Louisiana basketball history. This offseason is going to be a special time for the Pelicans."

The name change is considered to be a clean slate for a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs in the past two seasons.

The Pelicans' new colors will be blue, gold, and red, which is a long way off from the gold, teal, purple, and white used by the Hornets.

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Dirk Nowitzki Scores 25,000th Career Point

Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) --  The Dallas Mavericks may not be going to the playoffs this year, but their superstar achieved a major career milestone on Sunday.

Dirk Nowitzki became the 17th player in NBA history to reach 25,000 career points in a 107-89 win over the New Orleans Hornets, joining Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett as the only active players to reach that plateau.

The 34-year-old accomplished the feat on a midrange jumper in the second quarter.

"I was just happy to get it over with and see the whole bench get up and salute me," Nowitzki said. "That was a special feeling. Yeah, it was a great milestone, and like I said, once I look back on my career, this is going to be special."

Nowitzki finished the afternoon with 19 points to help the Mavericks improve their record to 40-40 this season with two games remaining.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 3/20/13

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Miami Heat (53-14) came back from 27 points down to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-46), 98-95. The Heat have now won 24 games in a row.

The Brooklyn Nets (40-28) bounced the Dallas Mavericks (32-36), 113-96.

The Charlotte Bobcats (16-52) tamed the Toronto Raptors (26-42), 107-101.

The Atlanta Hawks (38-30) took care of the Milwaukee Bucks (34-33), 98-90.

The New York Knicks (40-26) vanquished the Orlando Magic (18-51), 106-94.

The Houston Rockets (37-31) silenced the Utah Jazz (34-34), 100-93.

The New Orleans Hornets (23-46) edged past the Boston Celtics (36-31), 87-86.

The Memphis Grizzlies (46-21) nipped the Oklahoma City Thunder (50-19), in overtime 90-89.

The San Antonio Spurs (52-16) handled the Golden State Warriors (39-31), 104-93.

The Washington Wizards (24-43) set the Phoenix Suns (23-46), 88-79.

The Los Angeles Clippers (47-22) trounced the Philadelphia 76ers (26-41), 101-72.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament – First Round – East Region:  (16) James Madison (21-14) over (16) L-I-U Brooklyn (20-14), 68-55.

West Region: (13) La Salle (22-9) bumped (13) Boise State (21-11), 80-71.

NHL: The Toronto Maple Leafs (16-12-2; 34pts) doubled up the Tampa Bay Lightning (13-16-1; 27pts), 4-2.

The Minnesota Wild (17-10-2; 36pts) stopped the Detroit Red Wings (14-11-5; 33pts), 4-2.

The Colorado Avalanche (11-14-4, 26pts) one upped the Dallas Stars (13-13-3, 29pts), 4-3.

The San Jose Sharks (13-10-6, 32pts) defeated the Edmonton Oilers (11-11-7, 29pts) in a shootout, 4-3.

The Anaheim Ducks (22-3-4, 48pts) dumped the Chicago Blackhawks (24-3-3, 51pts), 4-2.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 2/11/13

Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Los Angeles Clippers (37-17) clipped the Philadelphia 76ers (22-28), 107-90.

The Brooklyn Nets (30-22) outlasted the Indiana Pacers (31-21) in overtime, 89-84.

The San Antonio Spurs (41-12) defeated the Chicago Bulls (30-21), 103-89.

The Charlotte Bobcats (12-39) bounced the Boston Celtics (27-24), 94-91.

The Washington Wizards (15-35) zapped the Milwaukee Bucks (25-25), 102-90.

The New Orleans Hornets (18-34) stopped the Detroit Pistons (20-33), 105-86.

The Minnesota Timberwolves (19-30) took care of the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-36), 100-92.

The Atlanta Hawks (28-22) edged the Dallas Mavericks (22-29), 105-101.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (15) Georgetown (18-4) topped (18) Marquette (17-6), 63-55.

(14) Kansas (20-4) thumped (10) Kansas State (19-5), 83-62.

NHL: The Carolina Hurricanes (6-4-1, 13pts) stranded the New York Islanders (4-7-1, 9pts), 6-4.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (4-7-2, 10pts) tamed the San Jose Sharks (7-3-2, 16pts), 6-2.

The Toronto Maple Leafs (8-5-0, 16pts) downed the Philadelphia Flyers (5-7-1, 11pts), 5-2.

The L.A. Kings (4-5-2, 10pts) silenced the St. Louis Blues (6-5-1, 13pts), 4-1.

The Phoenix Coyotes (6-5-2, 14pts) nipped the Colorado Avalanche (4-6-1, 9pts), 3-2 in overtime.

The Minnesota Wild (6-5-1, 13pts) doused the Calgary Flames (3-4-3, 9pts), 2-1 in a shootout.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 2/6/13

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Atlanta Hawks (27-21) flew past the Memphis Grizzlies (30-18), 103-92.

The Miami Heat (32-14) defeated the Houston Rockets (27-24), 114-108.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (37-12) stormed past the Golden State Warriors (30-19), 119-98.

The Boston Celtics (25-23) tamed the Toronto Raptors (17-32), 99-95.

The Indiana Pacers (31-19) outpaced the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers (21-27), 88-69.

The Los Angeles Clippers (35-16) clipped the Orlando Magic (14-35), 86-76.

The Brooklyn Nets (29-20) bounced the Detroit Pistons (18-32), 93-90.

The Washington Wizards (13-35) vanquished the New York Knicks (31-16), 106-96.

The New Orleans Hornets (16-33) cooled down the Phoenix Suns (17-33), 93-84.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (15-34) pounded the Charlotte Bobcats (11-37), 122-95.

The Dallas Mavericks (21-28) out ran the Portland Trail Blazers (25-24), 105,99.

The Utah Jazz (28-22) quieted the Milwaukee Bucks (25-23), 100-86.

The San Antonio Spurs (39-11) lassoed the Minnesota Timberwolves (18-28), 104-94.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: TCU (10-12) upsets (5) Kansas (19-3), 62-55.

(7) Arizona (20-2) held off Stanford (14-9), 73-66.

(11) Louisville (19-4) dunked Rutgers (12-9), 68-48.

(12) Michigan State (19-4) took care of (18) Minnesota (17-6), 61-50.

(14) Butler (19-4) beat St. Bonaventure (10-11), 77-58.

(15) New Mexico (20-3) grounded the Air Force (14-7), 81-58.

Indiana St. (15-8) upended (16) Creighton (20-4), 76-57.

Providence (12-11) topped (17) Cincinnati (18-5), 54-50.

(22) Oklahoma St. (16-5) outlasted Baylor in overtime (14-8), 69-67.

(24) Marquette (16-5) stopped South Florida (10-12), 70-47.

The Boston Bruins (7-1-1, 15pts) one upped the Montreal Canadiens (6-3-0, 12pts), 2-1.

The Anaheim Ducks (7-1-1, 15pts) blanked the Colorado Avalanche (4-6-0, 8pts), 3-0.

The Dallas Stars (5-5-1, 11pts) outshined the Edmonton Oilers (4-3-3, 11pts) in overtime, 3-2.

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