Nine Is Fine, Hornets Blow Out Nuggets

Posted: January 29, 2008 in Hornets

Take a look at the top sections of the arena. Look different? Filled with people as the Hornets get 15,601 in the arena. Half the reason, of course, was a paid visit from Allen Iverson, but nevertheless, excitement is building. After their 117-93 decision with Denver, the Hornets streak is at nine, their longest since 1999 in Charlotte. Two more, and they’ll have their longest in franchise history. Top in the power rankings, their division, and their conference, the 32-12 Hornets are nothing but fantastic and are legitimate title contenders.

The Hornets are one game ahead of Dallas in the West and a half game ahead of Phoenix. Why is this important? Byron Scott will get to coach the West All-Stars this year if the Hornets have the best West record at the end of Feb. 3rd. Phoenix doesn’t matter. Mike D’Antoni coached the All-Stars last year and a coach can’t be the coach for the big event two years in a row. The Hornets must stay ahead of Dallas to give Byron Scott the nod.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C.Paul G 38:11 7-20 1-2 8-8 +23 3 6 9 17 1 2 3 1 2 23
M.Peterson G 18:22 1-3 1-3 2-2 -3 0 0 0 1 5 0 3 0 0 5
D.West F 29:47 5-10 0-0 3-4 +6 2 7 9 0 3 0 0 0 0 13
P.Stojakovic F 29:21 6-12 4-8 3-3 +15 0 2 2 1 3 2 4 0 0 19
T.Chandler C 30:40 4-5 0-0 2-2 +21 8 8 16 3 1 0 0 1 0 10
J.Pargo   29:38 6-13 1-4 0-0 +27 1 1 2 7 5 1 3 0 0 13

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 28 (AP) — Chris Paul had 23 points, 17 assists, and nine rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets ran away with their ninth straight win, 117-93 over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

A jubilant crowd broke into repeated chants of “M-V-P” in recognition of a masterful performance by the Hornets’ guard, who is New Orleans’ best shot at making the All-Star game here next month as a reserve.

Even in a game featuring recently elected All-Star starter Allen Iverson, Paul was the best player on the floor in this contest. Iverson also scored 23, but had only three assists and got little help other than from Kenyon Martin, who scored 18.
The second-best center in the game was Hornets reserve Melvin Ely, who had 16 points and nine rebounds in only 23 minutes.

Peja Stojakovic hit four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points for New Orleans, and Jannero Pargo and David West each scored 13 points.

New Orleans built a 20-point lead in the first half and maintained that margin through most of the second half.

Iverson’s driving layups on consecutive possessions gave Denver a glimmer of hope, cutting the score to 91-76 early in the fourth quarter.

But with Paul running the offense, the Hornets quickly sealed it with a 12-0 run that started when Paul set up Ely for a score inside and finished when Paul tossed an alley-oop lob on rookie Julian Wright‘s dunk.

New Orleans ended up shooting 51 percent for the game and outrebounded Denver 52-33.

A 12-0 run in the first quarter that included a pair of short floaters by Paul and back-to-back 3s by Stojakovic and Pargo gave New Orleans its first double-digit lead at 31-19, and the Hornets continued to pull away.

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Comments
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