NEW ORLEANS—The Hornets played their trademark defense and made Monty WIlliams' return to Portland a winning one.
New Orleans held Portland to 13 points in the fourth quarter, and 30 in the second half as the Hornets beat the Blazers, 97-78 Friday night. The game was the first in Portland for Monty Williams since the former Blazers assistant was named Hornets head coach.
Willie Green led the Hornets with 19 points off the bench. Trevor Ariza scored 18 points. Chris Paul scored 16 points and handed out 13 assists.
Brandon Roy led Portland with 27 points.
The Hornets shot 51.5 percent from the field and made 8 of 14 three point field goal attempts.
The win was the Hornets 12th in 15 games this season. The Hornets host San Antonio, 13-2, Sunday at New Orleans Arena. Tip off is 2 pm.