The high-riding Hornets suffered their second straight loss yesterday against a hard-hitting Kings team that got 24 points from Ron Artest and 22 each from Brad Miller and Kevin Martin, the Times-Picayune reports. The 112-103 loss soured a great night for New Orleans' Chris Paul, who had 15 points and a staggering 19 assists. On other NBA courts:
- Jason Richardson's return to Golden State—this time as a Bobcat—was less than auspicious, as he shot 2-9 for 10 points in Charlotte's landslide 127-96 loss to the Warriors.
- Zach Randolph added 13 rebounds to a game-high 25 points, but his Knicks couldn't overcome Brandon Roy's 20 points, 10 boards, and 11 assists in Portland's 94-88 overtime win.