Hornets Down Sonics At Home 123-92

Posted: January 18, 2008 in Hornets

Chris Paul and company put up points in bunches and the Hornets win their third straight. The important thing is they are keeping their win to loss ratio on the good side; they always respond to one loss with multiple wins.

The 26-12 Hornets found themselves in a three-way tie with Dallas and San Antonio for first place after the win, but with San Antonio losing Thursday night to the Cavs which dropped them a half game out of first, New Orleans is now second in the southwest in a tie with Dallas for the top spot.

Scoring:Peja Stojakovic-23, David West-19, Tyson Chandler-14, Chris Paul-12, Morris Peterson-3

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 16 (AP) — Hornets coach Byron Scott is campaigning for Chris Paul, David West and Tyson Chandler to make the NBA All-Star game next month in New Orleans.

His players can return the favor by winning enough to put Scott in the midseason extravaganza as well, and right now, they’re pretty close to pulling it off.

Paul, West and Chandler all had double-doubles, and Peja Stojakovic scored 23 points to help New Orleans roll past the Seattle SuperSonics 123-92 on Wednesday night.

The victory was New Orleans’ third straight and ninth in 11 games, leaving the Hornets (26-12) tied with Dallas and Phoenix for third-best record in the Western Conference, only a half game behind the Los Angeles Lakers and only percentage points behind San Antonio.

“This is the time to do it,” Paul said, referring to the Hornets’ current five-game home stand, which has four games left. “As long as we win games, that gives us an opportunity to put our coaches in the All-Star game.”

Paul had 12 points and 11 assists, while Chandler had 14 points and 21 rebounds. It was the 12th time they had double-doubles in the same game this season, and New Orleans has won all of those games.

West finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Hornets improved to 19-3 against teams with losing records at the time of the matchup.

“We are earning the right to look at games as games we should win,” Scott said. “No disrespect to those teams, but we just feel we are a better basketball team than a lot of other teams right now and we play a better team game. There is nothing wrong with us having a little confidence in ourselves.”

Kevin Durant led Seattle with 20 points, while Earl Watson added 17 and 11 assists for the Sonics, who’ve lost eight straight and 10 of 11 games. Seattle was simply overmatched in falling 20 games below .500 (9-29).

“We were playing a really good team on a night when they were playing really well,” Seattle coach P.J. Carlesimo said. “We didn’t come close to matching New Orleans’ intensity. They played more aggressively and they deserved to win the game.”

New Orleans hit 12 3-pointers as a team, four by Stojakovic.

“We had great intensity, focus on the defensive end and the whole team made shots,” Stojakovic said. “When we move the ball and get everybody involved, we’re a much better team. It’s much harder to guard us.”

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