On March 12, the NBA regular season resumed. The Hornets led their opponents by 21 points in three quarters and established the victory in one fell swoop, and finally ended their two-game losing streak with a 142-120 victory over the Pelicans. Seven Hornets scored in double figures in this campaign, Bridges 26 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, Rozier 25 points, 8 assists, 7 three-pointers, 3 goals, 17 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists; the Pelicans suffered a four-game losing streak. Ham had 19 points and 7 assists, Trey Murphy scored a career-high 32 points off the bench, and McCollum triggered the health and safety protocol to miss.
The first quarter started, and the two sides made a three-pointer in the opening match. Rozier and Bridges made three-pointers successively, and Hayes also responded with a three-pointer. Varan made two free throws for fouls, and Plumlee dunked consecutively to help the team take the initiative. After the adjustment, the Pelicans took turns hitting the basket and contributed dunks, completing the 8-2 offensive and quickly narrowing the points difference. After Martin hit a ball, the Pelicans overtook the score 6-0. After that, the two teams started a tug-of-war, and the score took the lead alternately. McDaniels made two free throws, Murphy hit a three-pointer and the Hornets scored 5 points in a row. At the end of the first quarter, the Hornets led 25-24 by 1 point.
In the second quarter, the two sides fought against each other, and the score was still tight. Martin and Murphy scored three-pointers against each other, Ball scored 4 points in a row with penalties, and the Pelicans continued to attack the inside line and stubbornly bite. Rozier scored two three-pointers in a row, and the Pelicans scored 5 points in a row to tie the game. Bauerley scored 5 points in a row and led his team to a 10-0 attack wave to take a double-digit lead. Hayes stepped forward and scored 6 points in a row to stop the decline. Bridges made two free throws for fouls, and the Hornets led by 6 points 61-55 at halftime.
In the second half, Varan scored the first goal, and the Hornets took a double-digit lead again. The Pelicans’ hit rate plummeted, and Ball and Washington hit three-pointers successively to help the team complete an 8-0 offensive wave to expand its advantage. Marshall broke free throws, and Bridges responded with a strong three-pointer. Graham succeeded in stealing and counterattacking, and the Pelicans scored 7 points in a row to narrow the difference. The two sides fought three-pointers again, and Oubre made consecutive three-pointers to widen the difference to more than 20 points. The Pelicans scored 5 points in a row to stop the bleeding inside and out. Martin and Ball each scored a goal. After three quarters, the Hornets led 103-82 by 11 points.
In the last quarter of the game, the two sides continued to attack each other. Harrell succeeded on the inside in a row. After Murphy hit a three-pointer, Graham responded with a score of 2+1. Thomas scored two three-pointers in a row, and the Pelicans blossomed inside and out and scored 5 points in a row. After the timeout, the Pelicans continued to narrow the difference with two consecutive goals, and Bridges made a layup to stabilize the situation. The Pelicans scored two three-pointers in a row, and Bridges responded with 5 points in a row. Thomas kills the game with a three-pointer. In the end, the Hornets took the Pelicans lightly, ending their 2-game losing streak and giving their opponents a 4-game losing streak.