It was the first preseason exhibition of the NBA's strike-shortened 2011-12 season, and in the grand scheme of things didn't mean much. Except to New Orleans Hornets point guard Jarrett Jack, who played like a man with a lot of urgency.

Jack, stepping into the spot vacated by disgruntled All-Star Chris Paul, who finally got his wish and was traded on Wednesday to the Clippers, personally drove the Hornets to a 97-90 preseason victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night at FedExForum.

Going against a Grizzles team returning every player but one that took Oklahoma City to seven games before being eliminated in last May's Western Conference semifinals, the newlook Hornets, with just four returning players, showed plenty of spunk.

Jack had a game-high 24 points, grabbed six rebounds and dealt a team-high six assists in 31 minutes, not playing a second of the final quarter, when both coaches emptied their benches to get extensive looks at their rosters. He scored 10 points in the game's first 10 minutes in guiding the Hornets to a 10-point lead, setting the tone for his team's attack mode.