BANG! Peja Stojakovic Sinks 22 Footer, Hornets Beat Suns In Double OT

Posted: February 7, 2008 in Hornets

It was an instant classic. A crazy game that went back and forth all night. Every shot answered by the other team at some point; the game never ending until with less than 2 seconds left in the double OT period, Peja puts up and awkward, heavily contested, 22 foot jump shot that went in giving the Hornets a 132-130 advantage with the clock showing 0.0.

Peja mentioned it was a lucky shot, said he couldn’t say he knew it was going in.

Chris Paul was absolutely ridiculous  putting up 42 pts, 5rbs, 9 ast, and 8 steals; the best game stat-wise since Michael Jordon back in 1989.

After the game, he and teammates gang-tackled Peja in excitement. CP3 was especially happy after playing 50+ minutes that night. The Hornets snap a three game losing streak and are 33-15.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C.Paul G 50:19 18-33 4-9 2-3 +11 2 3 5 9 2 8 1 0 0 42
M.Peterson G 18:54 1-5 0-1 0-0 -6 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2
P.Stojakovic F 47:54 12-19 2-3 0-0 +10 1 5 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 26
D.West F 52:57 8-24 0-1 5-5 +6 4 9 13 0 3 2 3 2 2 21
H.Armstrong C 24:23 3-6 0-0 0-0 -2 1 6 7 0 4 0 2 0 3 6
J.Pargo   31:13 8-14 0-3 6-6 +3 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 22
B.Jackson   30:49 2-5 2-4 0-0 -5 1 2 3 3 5 0 0 0 0 6
M.Ely   17:42 2-5 0-0 0-0 +6 2 1 3 0 5 0 2 0 0 4
R.Bowen   10:24 0-2 0-0 1-2 -6 2 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
R.Butler   05:26 0-1 0-0 2-2 -7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

PHOENIX, Feb. 6 (AP)Shaquille O’Neal got a look at how entertaining his new team can be.

The result was the same as its been all season, though, for his Phoenix Suns against New Orleans.

The Hornets won.

Peja Stojakovic sank a 22-footer at the buzzer to give the Hornets a 132-130 double-overtime victory Wednesday night, improving their record against the Suns to 3-0, with two of the victories in Phoenix.

“A lucky one,” Stojakovic said. “I can’t say I knew it was going in.”

Chris Paul had 42 points, one off his career high, and a career-best eight steals, but scored only two points after regulation for New Orleans. Jannero Pargo scored 12 of his 22 points in the two overtimes. Stojakovic added 26 points and David West 21 and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who were without Tyson Chandler because of the flu.

Amare Stoudemire had 26 points and a season-best 20 rebounds for Phoenix. Steve Nash had 32 points and 12 assists, but committed 10 of the Suns’ 20 turnovers. Boris Diaw, starting in place of the departed Shawn Marion, scored a season-high 22. Leandro Barbosa also scored 22, including 4-of-5 on 3-pointers. Nash was 5-of-9 on 3s.

“Obviously, it was a great game,” Phoenix coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I thought we played as hard as we could play and made some big shots and could have in certain circumstances won the game, but we didn’t.”

The Suns forced the second overtime with dramatic 3-pointers by Barbosa and Nash. They almost did it again when Barbosa made a 3 to tie it at 130 with 3.2 seconds left in the second OT.

But after a time out, the Hornets got the ball to the sharpshooting Stojakovic, whose smooth jumper ended it, snapping New Orleans’ three-game losing streak.

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