D.J. Augustin scored 28 points for Charlotte, which played short-handed because of a trade made earlier in the day. The Bobcats sent shooting guard Jason Richardson, forward Jared Dudley and a 2010 second- round draft choice to Phoenix for shooting guard Raja Bell, forward Boris Diaw and rookie point guard Sean Singletary.
Richardson was the Bobcats' leading scorer with 18.7 points per game.
New Orleans took a 19-point halftime lead and led by 31 after three quarters.