Hornets Trounce Bobcats At Home 112-84

Posted: January 19, 2008 in Hornets

The Hornets got at it again Friday night reeking havoc on the Charlotte Bobcats to improve to 27-12. The Hornets are leading the Southwest division which has the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks right behind them.

Scoring: David West- 28, Peja Stojakovic- 17, Chris Paul- 14, Tyson Chandler- 13, Morris Peterson- 3.

The encouraging thing is that there is a different high scorer every game and the scoring is always spread out. The Hornets play great team basketball!

This is probably the best team the Hornets have ever had in their franchise history. They are very comparable to the ’97-’98 squad in Charlotte, the 54-win team, which proved to be the best in their history before now. This team, however, has much better talent, much better chemistry, certainly a MUCH MUCH BETTER point guard, and they are off to a much better start than that team. THIS COULD BE FUN!!!!!


Hit It: The Team

QUIT IT: The Fans (12,986 in the arena)

NEW ORLEANS (AP)David West scored 28 points in 32 minutes and the New Orleans Hornets won their fourth straight game, 112-84 over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.

Peja Stojakovic hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points for New Orleans (27-12), which shot 60 percent in winning for the 12th time in its last 14 games to keep pace with the leaders in the Western Conference.

The Hornets’ starters played only three quarters, which was plenty.

Chris Paul and Tyson Chandler both had double-doubles, marking the 13th time they’ve done so in the same game this season. The Hornets have won all of those games.

Paul finished with 14 points and 13 assists, while Chandler had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Reserve center Melvin Ely added 11 points.

Emeka Okafor led Charlotte with 13 points, while Gerald Wallace and Jason Richardson each scored 12. Richardson, who had averaged 25 points during his previous 14 games, went 5-of-17 from the field, including 0-for-4 from 3-point range.

Stojakovic hit three 3-pointers during the period, when West added 12 of his points on a combination of determined drives to the hoop and open jump shots, usually set up by Paul.

Charlotte, showing signs of improvement this month with victories over Boston, Orlando and Denver, scored on nine straight possessions in a tightly contested first quarter that finished with New Orleans holding a 26-25 lead.

The Bobcats’ shooting failed them in the second quarter, however. They were 7-of-26 (26.9 percent), including 1-of-8 from 3-point range, allowing the Hornets to pull away on 65 percent shooting during the same period.


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