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NEW ORLEANS -- The Charlotte Hornets and the New Orleans Pelicans will be on the back end of games on consecutive nights when they meet Saturday in the Smoothie King Center.And both are feeling pretty good after the way the front ends went Friday night. The Hornets (8-3) overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to end the Atlanta Hawks six-game win streak with a 100-96 home victory.At the same time the Pelicans (3-10) were welcoming back Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday in a 113-101 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in the Smoothie King Center.The back to backs tell a lot about how much you want to win, Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. Thats what the good teams do. You cant run from it.Charlotte didnt back down when Atlantas Dwight Howard threw an elbow at the head of Hornets center Cody Zeller and was ejected with 5:38 left in Fridays game. The Hawks led by three when Howard was called for the Flagrant-2 foul.The Hornets scored the next nine points, including seven by Kemba Walker, to take control.Zeller, a fourth-year forward, finished with 23 points, making 9 of 10 shots from the field.He gets better every year. He gets better every day, Walker said of Zeller. Skill-wise he gets better and he gets better with his confidence. He works hard each and every day to improve his game. It shows every night.Fridays game started a stretch in which the Hornets play 18 games in 32 days. They wont have consecutive days off until Dec. 17-18.This is a good way to start this stretch, Clifford said. If were a good team, the kind of team that we need to be, then weve got to find a way to play a good game on the road and get a win.Getting wins against the Pelicans has been easy for most teams this season, but the Hornets havent won in New Orleans in their previous three seasons under Clifford.New Orleans entered Fridays game with the worst record in the NBA, but Davis had 38 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Holiday had 21 points and seven assists off the bench as the Pelicans won their second consecutive home game.Their record is misleading, Clifford said. When you look at them play they have had a lot of injuries and theyve lost a lot of close games.Davis returned from a one-game absence with a bruised quad and Holiday made his season debut after being away from the team to be with his wife Lauren as she gave birth to the couples first child and underwent brain surgery.I think I did pretty well, Holiday said of his debut in which he had 10 points and four assists in the fourth quarter. It was really just the initial hit of being out there and in the first four minutes or whatever when I need to get a feel for the game. From there, I just felt more comfortable toward the end of the game.Holiday played 21 minutes and coach Alvin Gentry said he plans to gradually increase Holidays minutes but doesnt have a timetable for when his point guard will return to the starting lineup.Its tough for anyone to sit out all of training camp and all of the preseason and also the first 12 games of the season, Gentry said. 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MINNEAPOLIS -- For all Candace Parker had accomplished on the court, that glowing resume had one glaring omission -- a WNBA title.The championship shed been chasing with Los Angeles since the Sparks made her the first pick in the 2008 draft was all the more special at the end of a trying season.Nneka Ogwumikes short jumper with 3.1 seconds left, off the rebound of her blocked shot, gave the Sparks a 77-76 victory over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx in the deciding Game 5 of the WNBA Finals on Thursday night for the franchises first title in 14 years.Parker had 28 points and 12 rebounds to earn MVP honors of the finals and her first professional championship after winning two NCAA titles at Tennessee under coach Pat Summitt, who died this summer.I wasnt upholding my end of the bargain in this series for my teammates, Parker said. I think in years past maybe I was doing a lot and maybe I couldve used a little help, but this year it was on me. My teammates were doing their part. I had to step up and do mine.Parker was left off the U.S. Olympic team this year after helping them win a gold medal in the previous two Summer Games. The two-time league MVP was also conspicuously missing from the All-WNBA teams announced during the playoffs. Shed previously been picked for the first team four times and the second team twice.Shes been through so much, Ogwumike said. Shes probably the most misunderstood person in the league. I told her I wanted her to get one.Sparks coach Brian Agler started his postgame news conference by playing a recording of the Tennessee fight song, Rocky Top, from a phone in front of him at the podium in an ode to Summitt. Parker cried as she leaned over to hug her coach.Ive never been around somebody that has been critiqued so hard, and Ive never been around anyone Im happy for more than Candace, said Agler, adding: She stayed on the high road, fought through everything, stayed with it, was persistent.Parker said she heard Summitts voice in her head, recalling the time-worn advice to focus on defense and rebounding.You cant control if shots go in or shots dont, but what you can control is defense and rebounding, Parker said.Beaten on the boards in their Game 4 loss in Los Angeles, the Sparks controlled that area this time. They had a 33-27 rebounding edge and a 44-30 advantage in points in the paint, playing interior defense tough enough to make the Lynx miss many of their putbacks and layups.Rebekkah Brunson made one of two free throws with 23.4 seconds left to give the Lynx a 74-73 lead. Parker answered with a layup on the other end that Maya Moore countered with a jumper. 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Whalen stole the ball from Kristi Toliver and finished the fast break with a layup to tie the game at 71, setting up the final flurry.On the next play, Ogwumike sank a jumper that appeared to come after the shot clock expired. The officials signaled for a review but never looked at a replay. Los Angeles led 73-71 with just over a minute left. Seimone Augustus answered with a jumper, but those points proved to be critical.Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, while making sure to credit the Sparks for their performance, was livid about the non-call afterward .Its not enough just to apologize and send out a memo that they got something wrong, OK? These players are so invested, and something must be done about the officiating in this league. Because it is not fair to these great players that we have, Reeve said.The WNBAs new postseason seeding format based on overall record regardless of conference sure worked well. It produced this classic matchup between two teams that fought all summer for the top seed and featured several of the leagues biggest stars. The game was remarkably close, with 24 lead changes, 11 ties and no team ever leading by double digits.I hope that we gained a lot of fans from around the world and around this country, Augustus said.Maybe Minnesotas core four of Augustus, Brunson, Moore and Whalen, together for all five trips to the finals, has another run left.I tell these guys how proud I am of them for more than just their skills and just kind of what were doing to change minds, if you will, move forward in society, Reeve said, adding: They just said stick a fork in it last year, and all we did was get back to the finals and have the best record in the league.---This story corrects spelling to Fowles in 13th paragraph. 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