Hornets Pull Away From Dallas Late

Posted: February 21, 2008 in Hornets

Chris Paul went absolutely nuts on the newly acquired Jason Kidd of the Mavericks, Peja came up with some big 3’s, and David West got some monster dunks as the Hornets downed the Mavs in front of 15,941 at the Hive 104-93. This puts the Hornets at 37-15 and a full game ahead of Phoenix, with them losing last night, for the top spot in the West. The Hornets currently hold a three game lead over Dallas in the Southwest Division.

With games like Houston, San Antonio, and Phoenix coming fast, this win was important for the Bees. They got it done in front of a lively New Orleans crowd. Even though it was 1,300 short of a sellout, which the Hornets managed twice this year, it was probably the loudest the arena has been in a long time. On the radio, it almost sounded like they were broadcasting out of the Dome. The Hornets take on Houston Friday at the Hive.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C.Paul G 40:38 11-20 2-3 7-7 +20 0 5 5 11 1 9 1 0 0 31
M.Peterson G 13:26 1-4 0-2 0-0 +1 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 2
D.West F 34:47 6-14 0-0 6-9 +14 4 4 8 2 5 0 1 0 1 18
P.Stojakovic F 37:30 6-12 3-4 3-3 +16 1 4 5 1 2 0 3 0 1 18
T.Chandler C 34:00 2-3 0-0 4-6 +1 4 5 9 0 3 0 2 0 0 8
B.Jackson   27:23 6-11 5-9 0-0 +12 0 4 4 2 1 2 2 0 0 17
H.Armstrong   15:55 1-3 0-0 3-5 +9 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 5
R.Bowen   14:06 0-1 0-0 1-2 +3 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
J.Pargo   13:04 1-4 0-1 0-0 -6 0 1 1 2 1 0 4 0 0 2
R.Butler   07:42 0-2 0-0 0-0 -10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
J.Wright   01:29 1-1 0-0 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 20 (AP) — Perhaps Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets don’t need any blockbuster trades to keep pace with their Western Conference rivals.

Paul had 31 points, 11 assists and a career-high nine steals, spoiling Jason Kidd‘s debut with Dallas and lifting the New Orleans Hornets to a 104-93 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday night.

“We were excited that we would be their first game (with Kidd),” Paul said. “We knew it was going to take some time for them to get used to playing with those guys and we took full advantage of it.”

Kidd, acquired Tuesday from New Jersey, looked out of sorts at times, committing six turnovers.

“He made some great passes and some of the time guys weren’t looking for the ball,” Dallas coach Avery Johnson said. “This is kind of like a mini-training camp. We just don’t have a lot of time. But at the same time, we need every practice and every game for everybody to get on the same page and everybody to get used to playing with Kidd.”

Kidd has had one full practice and one game-day shootaround with his new team. He finished with eight points and five assists.

“I caused a couple of breakdowns,” Kidd conceded. “We can build on this. … I have some bad habits. I just have to make some adjustments and look at the game. I just need to keep getting the feel of everybody and go to practice tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Paul’s dazzling performance on both ends of the floor had the enraptured crowd on its feet, raining down chants of “M-V-P!” for their own All-Star point guard while a banner offering similar sentiments flapped from the upper deck.

“It’s fun to watch. I was getting pumped up,” said Hornets center Tyson Chandler, who at one point early in the fourth quarter was jumping along the sideline, arms raised triumphantly, while waiting to check into the game. “Tonight was unbelievable. The guy was all over the place. He took a personal challenge to go out and just, I mean, he was incredible. I haven’t seen anything like that in a while.”

While Paul dribbled surgically through Dallas’ defense, Peja Stojakovic and Bobby Jackson shot with precision from the perimeter, combining for eight of the Hornets’ 10 3-pointers as New Orleans won its fifth straight.

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