Sunday, 07 October 2012 21:45
In July, Brian Roberts' stellar play on the New Orleans Hornets' summer league team earned him a roster spot for training camp. In Sunday's preseason opener in Mexico City against the Orlando Magic, Roberts showed why he might be worth keeping around for the entire season.
Roberts, a backup point guard, sparked the Hornets by scoring 12 of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Hornets to an 85-80 come-from-behind victory against the Magic.
Except for No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis forcefully blocking former Hornets forward Gustavo Ayon's shot off the backboard and grabbing five rebounds in the first quarter, the Hornets struggled to execute until the fourth quarter when they made their comeback.
The Magic opened the game on a 10-0 run and led by 16 at halftime.
In his debut game, Davis started at power forward and scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds in 23 minutes. Fellow Hornets rookie Austin Rivers started at shooting guard and scored 10 points and had one assist in 26 minutes. As expected, shooting guard Eric Gordon did not play because of a sore right knee.
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