Hornets Beat Grizzles In Front of Sellout Crowd

Posted: February 10, 2008 in Hornets

The Hornets found themselves in a back and forth contest in which they would build a large lead to find the Grizzles eat away at it every time. The Bees, however, would answer back with a run of their own. They got the last spurt and outlasted the Grizzles 112-99 to win their 34th game of the season. Chris Paul didn’t score a single point until the fourth quarter and scored 2pts. all together, a mountain-sized drop off from his sick 42 pts. in Phoenix. The Hornets were working off of Hilton Armstrong and Rasual Butler in the starting line-up with Morris Peterson out with back spasms and Tyson Chandler out with the flu. They were cheered on by the second sellout crowd of the year. 17,231 fans filled the arena. This adds to a good home attendance run which is averaging about 15,000 fans over the last three home games.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C.Paul G 34:20 1-10 0-4 0-0 +9 0 4 4 16 5 1 4 0 1 2
R.Butler G 25:05 4-12 2-6 0-0 +6 0 4 4 2 0 0 1 2 0 10
D.West F 37:18 13-20 0-0 7-8 +7 5 5 10 2 5 0 3 1 2 33
P.Stojakovic F 40:23 10-19 6-12 0-0 +18 1 4 5 3 2 3 1 0 0 26
H.Armstrong C 32:05 5-8 0-0 1-2 +32 1 2 3 1 5 1 1 2 1 11
R.Bowen   22:49 3-3 0-0 3-4 +1 3 1 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 9
J.Pargo   22:38 3-8 0-1 7-7 -2 0 2 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 13
B.Jackson   17:10 2-4 0-2 2-2 +9 2 3 5 2 0 1 1 1 0 6
M.Ely   06:09 0-2 0-0 0-0 -12 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
J.Wright   02:03 1-1 0-0 0-0 +2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 9 (AP)David West had 33 points and 10 rebounds to help the undermanned New Orleans Hornets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-99 on Saturday night.

Peja Stojakovic made six 3-pointers and finished with 26 points for New Orleans, which was without starting center Tyson Chandler (flu) and starting shooting guard Morris Peterson (back).

Chris Paul scored his only two points with a fast-break layup with 4:50 to go, but finished with 16 assists as the Hornets followed up a double-overtime triumph at Phoenix on Wednesday with a second straight victory.

Rudy Gay scored 26 points for Memphis, which has lost six straight and eight in a row on the road. Mike Miller scored 18 and Mike Conley 16 for the Grizzlies, who never led but trailed only 87-84 early in the fourth quarter.

The Grizzlies survived the early slump, snapping out of it when Gay’s driving dunk ignited an 11-2 run. The Grizzlies fought back to tie it at 22 early in the second quarter on a jumper by Gay, who came in averaging a team-leading 19.7 points.Reserve guard Bobby Jackson hit a pair of free throws and a running floater to spark a 13-2 New Orleans run, which included Stojakovic’s second 3 and a pair of fast-break layups by Bowen and Butler.

West’s dunk on a feed from Paul shortly after restored New Orleans’ 14-point lead at 44-30. But Memphis refused to go quietly. Gay’s spinning layup in the lane and his pair of free throws helped Memphis close with four late in the second quarter before West’s fadeaway gave New Orleans a 48-42 halftime lead.

The Hornets finally pulled away for good when reserve Ryan Bowen‘s free throws began an 11-0 run that gave New Orleans a 98-94 lead with about 4 minutes to go. West hit four free throws during the surge, which Stojakovic capped with a 3-pointer.

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