Hornets Get That Hot Hand, Sweep Series Against Suns

Posted: February 28, 2008 in Hornets

The Hornets up their intensity big time noticeably fed up with losing and dominate the Suns down the stretch and win 120-103. The Hornets largest lead of the game was 22 points. The largest Suns lead was 8. The Bees have managed to keep their losing streaks at 3 games or less and snap this one in style sweeping the Suns series 4-0. Talk about a major accomplishment.

How the hell they were able to beat the 2nd half edition Suns after showing that handling 2nd half up-tempo from teams was too much of a challenge and Shaq added into the equation, I will never know, but I guess that’s why I like the Hornets. They answer the bell no matter how difficult that may be. The Hornets shooting was sky high from their last 3 games and the reason they were able to dominate the Suns. 53.3 field goal percentage, 53.3 3 point percentage, and 88.9% on free throws. Did I mention they put on this beautiful show in front of the largest sellout crowd of the season? There were17,931 in the house tonight. Mostly because Shaq came to town, but nevertheless they were treated to an explosive Hornets show. The Hornets are back to 20 games over .500 at 38-18 and move into 3rd in the West.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C.Paul G 35:41 9-21 2-3 5-6 +19 0 6 6 15 2 3 1 0 1 25
M.Peterson G 20:40 5-5 1-1 0-0 +9 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 11
D.West F 38:39 11-22 0-0 5-6 +20 1 3 4 1 4 2 2 1 3 27
P.Stojakovic F 37:30 6-12 2-6 3-3 +24 0 4 4 3 1 1 1 0 0 17
T.Chandler C 30:35 6-7 0-0 0-0 +20 4 11 15 2 5 2 2 1 0 12
J.Pargo   30:11 9-15 3-4 1-1 +7 0 1 1 2 5 2 2 0 2 22
M.James   12:19 1-4 0-1 2-2 -2 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 4
H.Armstrong   12:13 0-0 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
R.Bowen   10:11 1-2 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
R.Butler   05:52 0-1 0-0 0-0 -5 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
M.Ely   04:34 0-1 0-0 0-0 -3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
J.Wright   01:35 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

NEW ORLEANS(AP) Chris Paul had 25 points, 15 assists and three steals to help the New Orleans Hornets end a three-game losing skid with a 120-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

David West scored 27 points and reserve guard Jannero Pargo 22 added for New Orleans, which shot 53 percent in avoiding its first four-game losing streak of the season.

The Suns continued to struggle since trading Shawn Marion for Shaquille O’Neal, but they couldn’t blame their third loss in five games solely on the veteran 7-foot-1 center, who had 15 points and seven rebounds.

Phoenix fell apart defensively in the second half in the face of the Hornets’ combination of up-tempo offense and good perimeter shooting. The Hornets were 8-of-15 from 3-point range while outscoring Phoenix 16-12 on the fastbreak and 40-36 inside.

Hornets center Tyson Chandler, who hadn’t notched a double-double in his previous four outings, awoke from that slump with 12 points and 15 rebounds. He muscled inside for follow-up dunks on teammates’ missed shots and threw down several alley-oop dunks.

Amare Stoudemire led Phoenix with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Leandro Barbosa scored 17 points, hitting five 3-pointers, Raja Bell had 14 points and Steve Nash 13 assists.

New Orleans shot nearly 70 percent in the third quarter and opened a 20-point lead. West hit a jump hook to start it off, then Paul hit a jumper and a 3 before feeding Chandler on the first of two alley-oop dunks in the period.

Morris Peterson, who finished with 11 points, hit all four of his shots in the quarter, including a 3-pointer. Stojakovic closed out the period with a leaner off the glass as he was fouled, putting New Orleans ahead 97-77 heading into the final period.

Stoudamire hit a pair of straightaway jumpers to open the fourth quarter, but Pargo responded with his third 3-pointer, and New Orleans maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way.

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Comments
  1. craig says:

    It very obvious PHX can’t play defense…… They have two players that can defend Raja their best defender and Grant is still solid but can’t stay with the quicker players anymore. Marion is missed dearly by the PHX Suns whether they admitt it or not!!!!! Good Luck Shawn you deserved better treatment and respect than the Suns gave you…

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