The Hornets' Jason Smith earned a Flagrant 2 foul and an automatic ejection after this hard foul on Blake Griffin, but earned the admiration of New Orleans fans on his way out.

While Smith apologized later to Griffin, he can still expect a fine and/or suspension after giving Griffin the most vicious hit since getting judoka'd against Morgan State in the 2009 NCAA tournament. New Orleans went on to win 97-90. [CST]