On their longest winning streak of the season, New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams has been surprisingly cautious to not overemphasize their current success. Yet, for the first time since opening night, the Hornets (11-25) are running their pick-and-roll plays to perfection, getting substantial contributions from their bench and instead of folding after halftime they have delivered knockout blows that have led to four consecutive victories.

It's the first time the Hornets have won that many games in a row since last season when they won four straight in April.

"As best we can, as coaches we have to keep everybody as close to normal as possible,'' said Williams, whose team remains at the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

"You get a few hours to enjoy a win. The coaches have until 12 o'clock (midnight). The players have until the next morning. Then you move on. That's how we get past it. Because if you relish in it too long, you'll get wacked. There are too many games."