The New Orleans Hornets backcourt had a distinctly different look Monday night against the Denver Nuggets, with a pair of rookies, Brian Roberts and Darius Miller in the starting linup instead of Greivis Vasquez and Eric Gordon.

Gordon was scratched because of a sore left ankle, an injury Gordon said he has been fighting recently that worsened after a misstep Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.

"It got hurt a little bit worse," Gordon said after sitting out New Orleans stuning 110-86 victory which halted the Nuggets' 15-game winning streak. "It's something I've been dealing with for a while and that last game I played, I had a good amount of swelling. The team is well-aware. It was just tough to play tonight."

Gordon said he's trying to look forward to perhaps a Wednesday night return against the points.

For Vasquez, it was the first time in 136 games with the Hornets he'd been sidelined with injury and he watched his backup Roberts hand out a team-season-high 18 assists (also a career-high), four more than the entire Denver team. It was Roberts' second career start.

"My ankle feels a lot better," Vasquez said afterward, smiling. "I've got to recover a lot quicker now."

Not that Vasquez didn't try to convince Hornets Coach Monty Williams of his availability for the Nuggets game.