Hornets Win Close Contest With Bucks

Posted: February 14, 2008 in Hornets

It was a scare, a serious scare. The Hornets were down by 1 with just over 28 seconds to go. With so little time left, almost down to the 24 second shot clock and neither team with fouls to give, it was score or lose. With the Bucks defense focusing on Paul, Paul lobbed to West who put on a nice juke to free up none other than clutch 3-point shooter Peja Stojakovic who showed that even last second must have points don’t rattle him. Peja did what he does best. “Peja for 3, BANG!” was the call by Sean Kelley, Hornets play-by-play announcer on Old School 102.9. The clutch 3 made the score 109-107 with about 10 seconds left. Milwaukee tried to answer with a 3 of their own, couldn’t, Paul got the rebound to all but seal it. When Paul made both free throws after getting fouled to stop the clock with about 5 seconds left, it was over. The Hornets won 111-107.

The Hornets take a 4 game winning streak into the All-Star break as they also beat the Chicago Bulls last night in another close game down the stretch, 100-86. With “Murderer’s Row” awaiting and teams picking up the pace, this momentum is much needed and with Phoenix losing today, the Hornet’s 36-15 record will take them to the break 1st place in the Western Conference.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C.Paul G 35:13 8-17 2-4 3-4 +5 1 3 4 10 1 3 3 0 2 21
R.Butler G 32:02 4-6 0-2 2-2 -4 0 2 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 10
D.West F 42:00 9-20 0-0 4-4 +5 1 7 8 3 4 0 5 1 0 22
P.Stojakovic F 35:01 7-11 3-3 2-2 +5 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 19
T.Chandler C 36:28 5-7 0-0 5-7 0 4 12 16 1 4 1 2 0 0 15
B.Jackson   19:55 4-7 3-4 0-0 +5 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 11
J.Pargo   15:41 3-7 1-1 0-0 +1 0 2 2 3 1 0 1 0 1 7
R.Bowen   12:22 1-1 0-0 0-0 +3 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
H.Armstrong   11:18 2-2 0-0 0-0 +5 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 4

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 13 (AP) — Peja Stojakovic hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left and All-Stars David West and Chris Paul combined for 43 points as New Orleans looked ready for its star-studded weekend with a 111-107 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

In a prelude to the first All-Star game in New Orleans, the Hornets and Bucks put on an offensive show with both teams shooting over 50 percent and the Hornets making it dramatic at the end.

Defense? Like the exhibition, it was optional in this one, too.

But Stojakovic and Paul, who finished with 21 points, bailed out New Orleans, which nearly choked a 105-98 lead after Paul split a pair of defenders and made a layup with 3:50 left.

The Bucks, losers of seven of their last eight, came back and took their first lead in over seven minutes when rookie Yi Jianlian, who had 13 points, hit an open 16-footer from the wing with 28 seconds to play to make it 107-106.

New Orleans, which has won four straight, answered when the Bucks’ defense focused on Paul as Tyson Chandler screened Charlie Bell to free Stojakovic, who finished with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Michael Redd, who had 30 points, tried to answer, but missed an off-balance 3 and Paul grabbed the rebound with 5.8 seconds left to seal the win.

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Comments
  1. nolachick says:

    this weekend made me fall in love with Chris Paul even more. I wish I got more Hornets games on the East Coast.

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