The first name you think of when you hear New Orleans Hornets is Chris Paul. You may have to change that to three names after tonight. The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New Orleans Hornets 105-95 and while the Cavaliers played lackadaisical at times on defense, you can’t ignore the fact that the Hornets have two young stars in the making in Marcus Thornton and Darren Collison.
Thornton scorched the Cavaliers for 37 points on 15-for-22 shooting from the field. He seemed to make everything and he took advantage of the Cavaliers being late on transition defense. Thornton, who hadn’t scored more than 24 points so far this season, scored 23 points in the second quarter alone. This coming from a player who is only averaging about 10 points a game.
Collison, who took over the point guard duties after Paul went down with injury, scored 22 points and had 10 assists in the loss. Collison may not be the biggest guy on the court (he is only 6’), but he can penetrate and make things happen for other teammates. In his last five games before tonight, he is averaging 24 points, 9.6 assists, and 3.4 steals. Like always, he will take some time learning to take care of the ball, as he is averaging 5.8 turnovers in those last five games.
While the Hornets will struggle for the rest of the season with these young rookies, the future of the Hornets is very bright.