Hornets Clean Up Some Bobcat

Posted: December 29, 2007 in Hornets

Hornets got past Charlotte Friday 99-85 to improve to 19-10 on the year.
Ranked third in the Western Conference.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 28 (AP) — With so many powerful teams in the Western Conference, the New Orleans Hornets get little attention.

After their fourth straight blowout win Friday night, it may be time to take notice.

David West had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Hornets’ latest dominating performance, a 99-85 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Quietly coming into the game with the third-best record in the West, the Hornets quickly put away the sleepwalking Bobcats with alley-oop dunks, energized defense and balanced scoring.

Tyson Chandler had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and Chris Paul had 17 points and 11 assists for the Hornets, who made their fourth trip to Charlotte since bolting the city for New Orleans nearly six years ago.

And their current streak of four wins by 80 points is giving the Hornets hope they can contend in the difficult West.

“We can’t worry about who’s the hottest story,” Paul said. “The (Trail) Blazers are getting a lot of attention right now. We’ve just got to keep winning.”

The fourth-year Bobcats, who came into the season thinking they could reach the playoffs for the first time, were never in the game in their third straight loss and fell seven games under .500.

Jason Richardson scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half, Nazr Mohammed added 15 points and 14 rebounds and Gerald Wallace scored 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting for the Bobcats, who again appeared off kilter under first-year coach Sam Vincent.



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