Minutes after the Hornets' 93-91 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, Coach Monty Williams sat in the bowels of the New Orleans Arena and searched for a new way to describe yet another faulty finish from his gritty, but overmatched, team.

"We just didn't make shots," Williams said while shaking his head, a hint of exasperation and resignation in his voice. "We just didn't have what we've been talking about down the stretch — the closer."