This just in: The Hornets are still an NBA Team

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Photograph by Jonathan Bachman

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You may not have guessed it with the way they collapsed against the New York Knicks at home last Friday or how they trailed Dallas by as much as 24 on Monday, but this Hornets team still has some fight in them. Sure, the first half was tepid moments of bored punctuated at times by incompetence, but the Hornets, despite being down by as much as 16 points, came back and beat the Detroit Pistons 95-87.

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"This is a group that will compete, they will battle," head coach Jeff Bower said. "We have to play better."

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Yes, the Hornets outscored Detroit 53-32 in the second half and, yes, they earned their seventh win at home in eight opportunities, but they're still digging holes for themselves for large stretches of games and they are woefully inconsistent. How can one explain New Orleans' 14 first-half turnovers (they finished with 18) and 17 second-quarter points in a game they ultimately won by eight?

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"We weren't taking care of the ball," David West said. "It's just a matter of us coming out and being a little bit more confident in what we're trying to do on offense."

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West seemed confident all game long and was probably the single driving force for the Hornets' win. His season high 32 points along with 12 rebounds proved to be a steadying influence on a team struggling to find points. Though Chris Paul finished with a double-double, he finished the first half with just two points. Paul, who was diving after loose balls left and right to make up for his lack of scoring, found West for two huge baskets in the second half.

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"D-West got us going," he said. "We just picked up the intensity. We got after [the Pistons] a little bit."

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The Hornets, at times listless and at other times electrifying, still haven't found what it takes to be a winning team day in and day out. Lucky for them, the season is just a quarter of the way done and there's plenty of basketball left to play.

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