Anthony Davis shows skills in Hornets loss

In last night’s exhibition loss at Atlanta, the New Orleans Hornets showed signs they will have a hard time putting the ball in the basket this season, but that’s not because of rookie center Anthony Davis.

The former Kentucky star hit his first six shots, scored 15 points by halftime and finished with a game-high 19 in New Orleans’ 97-68 loss to the host Atlanta Hawks.

Davis made eight of 11 shots from the floor.

“He (Davis) played OK and hit some shots and was active,” New Orleans coach Monty Williams said afterward. “Anthony needs help getting into his sets, we’re not getting a lot of execution offensively. This is a man’s game and our young guys are starting to realize that men are playing it.”

John Reid of the Times-Picayune wrote, “Davis, 6 feet 10, 220 pounds, who led Kentucky to a national championship last season, didn’t appear rattled by the Hawks’ more experienced front line that included fifth-year veteran center Al Horford and eight-year veteran power forward Josh Smith. Most of Davis’ first-half scoring came against Smith and Horford. Smith started the game defending Davis before Horford switched on him.”

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