Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Eric Gordon provided the Hornets with the spark they needed, pouring in 24 points in 25 minutes in his return to the court as New Orleans rallied for a 98-95 victory over the reeling Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Gordon, who had sat out this season's first 29 games while recovering from right knee surgery, added seven assists and helped the Hornets overcome a deficit that was as much as 21 points late in the first half. Twelve of his points came in the fourth quarter, during which New Orleans used a 22-7 run to take the lead for good.
Ryan Anderson contributed 19 points off the bench for New Orleans, which has now won two of its last three outings following an 11-game losing streak, while Greivis Vasquez finished with 16 points and eight assists in the win.
The Hornets outscored Charlotte by a 58-38 margin in the second half to deal the lowly Bobcats their 18th consecutive defeat.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist paced the Bobcats with 22 points, but only four came after halftime. Charlotte made just 14-of-39 field goal attempts over the final two quarters after shooting a scorching 62.5 percent in the first half.
Charlotte also received 19 points from Gerald Henderson and a 12-point, 10- rebound effort from Hakim Warrick in a losing cause.