Twice down the stretch on Wednesday night, New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon waved off point guard Greivis Vasquez from handling the ball.

Trailing the Boston Celtics by three with 2:34 remaining, Gordon wanted to be the team’s closer, a job the Hornets have had big problems fulfilling this season.

But it was Gordon’s missed layup that rookie forward Anthony Davis followed with a tip-in shot with three-tenths of a second remaining that lifted the Hornets to a 87-86 victory against the Celtics that ended a four-game losing streak.

Unlike several of the Hornets’ previous games, Gordon didn’t struggle after halftime. He was assertive, drove hard to the basket several times and demanded the ball. Gordon says he plans to do the same thing on Friday night when the Hornets play the Memphis Grizzlies at the New Orleans Arena.

``I just love having it in my hands,’’ said Gordon, who scored 18 points against the Celtics, which included nine in the second half.

``It’s all about having team chemistry to make sure everyone knows who is likely to have the ball and I definitely like it in my hands.’’

Gordon made one of the biggest defensive stops of the game when he forced Celtics forward Paul Pierce to miss a 16-foot jumper with 17 seconds remaining when the Hornets trailed 86-85.

Although Gordon celebrated Wednesday night's victory, it was a much different situation this past Sunday night when the Hornets lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 97-95. Gordon tried to fill the closer role, but he missed a open 3-pointer with 48 seconds remaining and had his layup attempt blocked by forward Andrei Kirilenko with 14.5 seconds when the Timberwolves led 96-95.