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It seems like Hornets fans (not to mention coach Byron Scott) have been waiting for a performance like tonight's from the bench all season. Make no mistake and with all due respect to Peja Stojakovic's 26 points it was the Hornets backups that delivered tonight's 9481 win over the visiting Denver Nuggets.
And as unlikely as the quality of the bench play was, Devin Brown might have been the unlikeliest of success stories tonight. Brown had registered three-straight "Did Not PlayCoach's Decision" before Morris Peterson went down with a foot injury and got his shot tonight. The result was 18 points including 3for3 from three-point range.
"That's what veteran players have to do," Brown said if his performance. "When you get an opportunity to play you have to take advantage of it."
Overall, the Hornets bench committed just one turnover the whole game while outscoring the Nuggets' reserves 4213. Does this mean that the Hornets no longer have a problem with their bench play? Hardly. But with David West and Tyson Chandler out with injuries, they've certainly stepped up their game and been a crucial factor in the Hornets going 41 in their last five games. Not to mention they're racking up crucial minutes and experience.
"Our bench is getting stronger," Scott said. "It's going to be someone different every night. We're getting contributions from a little bit of everybody and that's what we're going to need in the next couple of games."
Other news and notes from tonight's win:
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