With just more than three minutes remaining in the third quarter, New Orleans Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez drove the lane and quickly whipped a pass to rookie forward Anthony Davis. It appeared like Davis had the lane to himself, soaring with both hands on the ball for a dunk that got the crowd into a frenzy.

With plays like that the Hornets had little difficulty executing their offense. But flaws in the defensive execution, especially down the stretch, is what led to a heartbreaking 116-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors Saturday night at the New Orleans Arena.

With the score tied at 110 with 34 seconds remaining, the Hornets allowed guard Jarrett Jack deep penetration in the lane that he took he advantage of to make a floating shots that gave the Warriors the lead for good.

The Hornets made another critical miscue with 55.9 seconds remaining when Jack stole an ill-advised pass by Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon.