It was New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis' first game back in nearly a month, but he didn't have much to enjoy with his team sputtering to a deflating 77-70 loss to Washington Wizards on Tuesday night at the New Orleans Arena.

Although Davis made some spectacular plays like his alley-oop dunk in the fourth quarter after catching an Austin Rivers' high-sailing pass, it wasn't enough. The Hornets scored only 28 points in the second half, including just 10 in the fourth quarter. Davis scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite having five fouls, he played 24 minutes in his first game of the season coming off the bench.

"If you give a team a little bit of confidence, they are going to make shots,'' Davis said. "You have to keep playing hard. Any loss is disappointing; you always want to win the game. We had a 12- or 13-point lead and all we had to do was just keep rolling. But I thought we took a fair amount of possessions off and they came down and executed."

Believing it would give his struggling team an emotional lift, Hornets Coach Monty Williams announced after the team's shootaround Tuesday morning that Davis would play for the first time since a Nov. 17 game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Davis, the No. 1 pick in the June NBA draft, missed 11 consecutive games with a stress reaction in his left ankle.