Hornets Rally To Beat Suns For a Thrilling Win

Posted: January 6, 2008 in Hornets

Despite losing 68-57 at halftime, the Hornets opened the 3rd and closed out the 4th much like they did last night at the Golden State Warriors to pull this one out 118-113 over Steve Nash and the 23-9 Phoenix Suns. The Suns were on a four game winning streak coming into tonight having just beaten the Seattle Supersonics by overcoming a large deficit themselves.

PHOENIX, Jan. 5 (AP) — Chris Paul had a simple request for coach Byron Scott.

“I said, ‘Coach, let me play the whole game,”’ Paul said after going all 48 minutes and sparking the New Orleans Hornets to a comeback 118-113 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. Paul had 28 points — including 14 in the fourth quarter — and 10 assists, helping to end the Suns’ four-game winning streak.

At first, Scott was reluctant to allow Paul to go the distance.

“He said, ‘You’ll need a break,”’ Paul said. But Paul convinced Scott that he could do it.

The win was the Hornets’ 23rd of the season, tying Phoenix for the most in the Western Conference. It also ended the Suns’ streak of 20 consecutive victories when leading entering the fourth quarter.

Paul called it the Hornets’ biggest win of the season.

“We showed a lot of poise playing against one of the best teams in the west. Different guys stepped up all around and that’s all we want,” he said.

Peja Stojakovic added 23 points for the Hornets, Morris Peterson had 22, and Tyson Chandler and Jannero Pargo had 19 apiece. Chandler also had 11 rebounds.



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