After a seven-week wait since the regular season began, New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon made his much anticipated home debut Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks at the New Orleans Arena.

But unlike his regular season debut last Saturday on the road against the Charlotte Bobcats, Gordon could not help the Hornets avoid a 95-86 loss to the Hawks, despite coming off the bench to score 11 points in 23 minutes.

It was the Hornets' seventh consecutive home defeat and curtailed their momentum gained from winning two of their three previous games, which included a 98-95 road victory against the Bobcats in which Gordon scored a game-high 24 points. The Hornets were attempting to achieve their first two-game winning streak since Nov. 2-3 when they defeated the Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls.

But the playoff contending Hawks (20-10) were a more difficult opponent than the Bobcats. They forced Gordon to make only five-of-17 shots, and he missed all three attempts from 3-point range. Gordon also turned the ball over four times.