Hornets Bounce Back, Take Care of Hapless Heat

Posted: January 12, 2008 in Hornets

The 23-12 Hornets bounced back Friday night from their most lopsided loss of the season defeating the 8-27 Miami Heat 114-88. All five starters were in for New Orleans, CP3 (Chris Paul), Mo Pete (Morris Peterson), David West, Tyson Chandler, and Peja Stojakovic.

The Hornets are now 24-12 and are faced with a tough match-up with the Houston Rockets Sunday at 1:30pm CST.

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 11 (AP) — Bobby Jackson and Peja Stojakovic laughed together on the sideline, reminiscing about their days with high-scoring Sacramento Kings squads earlier this decade.

Nice memories, conjured up by the way they shot the ball for the New Orleans Hornets before a frenzied home crowd on Friday night.

Jackson hit a career-high seven 3-pointers and finished with 25 points, helping the Hornets roll to a 114-88 victory over the hapless Miami Heat.

“It felt good. It felt like those Sacramento days,” Jackson said.

Or maybe better.

Jackson, who made all nine of his shots, became the first Hornets player ever to make seven 3-pointers without missing one. That also tied Jackson for third in NBA history for most 3s in a game without a miss, two shy of Latrell Sprewell’s record.

“I felt like I was going to make every shot,” Jackson said. “The basket feels real big when you have that type of confidence and this game is all about confidence.”

New Orleans (24-12), off to the best 36-game start in team history, made 13 3-pointers and shot 61 percent overall in winning for the ninth time in 11 games. Miami (8-28) is still trying to end a losing skid that has reached 10 games.

Tyson Chandler scored 19 points for the Hornets, throwing down a handful of alley-oop lobs from guards Chris Paul and Jannero Pargo.

Paul had 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting and 16 assists for New Orleans, while David West had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Stojakovic scored 15.

Pargo was 4-of-4 shooting for nine points, meaning he and fellow guards Jackson and Paul were a combined 20-of-20 from the field.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that – ever – with the kind of shooting Paul, Pargo and Bobby Jackson had tonight,” Miami coach Pat Riley said. “They were getting good shots. They had had good rhythm and we weren’t changing the rhythm of their shots.”

Mark Blount led Miami with 27 points, while Jason Williams scored 12 and Dwyane Wade 11.

Miami outscored New Orleans 13-6 to open the second half and get as close as 61-56 on Udonis Haslem’s basket, but New Orleans responded with Chandler’s free throws and his alley-oop dunk from Paul. Soon after, Stojakovic hit a jumper and Jackson followed with back-to-back 3s for an 8-0 run that put New Orleans up 73-58.

“It was an absolute washout for us,” Riley said. “We never could get anything going. … We cut it to five in he third quarter and I thought we had a chance, but we just lost our resolve.”

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