Hornets Stay Hot, Finally Beat Jazz

Posted: March 1, 2008 in Hornets

David West led the way with 25 points as the Hornets went on the attack against Carlos Boozer and the aggressive Utah Jazz Friday Night. Great clutch 3 pt shooting from Peja and Jannero Pargo helped the Hornets maintain a comfortable lead down the stretch. After being up by as many as 27 and as little as 4 after a Jazz run, the Hornets were able to hit some clutch perimeter shots to open the game back up. A 3-ball by Stojakovic all but officially ended it and the Bees rolled 110-98. They are now 39-18, third in the West. Attendance was 17,445, the third sellout in four games for the Hornets.

Chris Paul tallied up a good 16 assists in this game , 6 more than his season average.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C.Paul G 42:14 5-15 1-2 13-14 +10 0 4 4 16 3 5 1 0 0 24
M.Peterson G 24:12 3-6 2-4 0-0 -5 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 8
D.West F 42:06 10-18 0-0 5-6 +15 4 9 13 3 3 0 3 1 1 25
P.Stojakovic F 41:58 8-16 3-7 1-1 +11 0 4 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 20
T.Chandler C 36:59 3-6 0-0 4-6 +10 2 5 7 1 2 1 2 0 0 10
J.Pargo   23:48 6-12 3-6 0-0 +17 0 2 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 15
H.Armstrong   11:01 1-2 0-0 4-4 +2 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 6
R.Butler   06:02 0-1 0-1 0-0 +1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
R.Bowen   05:54 0-0 0-0 0-0 -3 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
M.James   05:46 1-2 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 29 (AP)Chris Paul explained his latest highlight-filled performance by complimenting his friend and fellow star point guard, Deron Williams.

“When you play against the best, it brings out the best in you,” Paul said.

Paul had 24 points, 16 assists and five steals to help the New Orleans Hornets hold off the Utah Jazz 110-98 on Friday night.

David West had 25 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans, which built a 27-point lead in the first quarter, then withstood a late surge to beat the Jazz for the first time in three meetings this season.

The game matched two of the best young point guards in the game in Paul and Williams, the runner-up and champion, respectively, in the All-Star skills challenge here a couple of weeks ago.

Neither disappointed. Paul darted through crowds of defenders on the dribble, setting up everything from open 3-pointers to alley-oop dunks.

Williams whipped passes around the perimeter or made crisp flips to teammates cutting inside for easy layups and jams. Williams, who finished with 22 points and 10 assists, also hit several big baskets as the Jazz tried to claw back, including an array of driving layups and 3-pointers at the end of the second and third quarters.

However, Williams turned the ball over four times, mostly because of the way he was hounded by Paul, and the Hornets ended up scoring 24 points off 14 Jazz turnovers.

“We have to do a better job taking care of the ball. I have to do a better job taking care of the ball,” Williams said. “Later in the game, we fought back. We just put ourselves in too big of a hole too early.”

Utah was as close as 89-85 when Andrei Kirilenko hit a leaner off the glass midway through the fourth quarter. Then the Hornets started hitting clutch shots from outside.

Peja Stojakovic started it with a 3-pointer and reserve guard Jannero Pargo hit a pair of tough jumpers before making a 3 of his own.

Then Paul, running the break, found Stojakovic open in the corner. Stojakovic faked the shot as a defender flew past, hesitated a moment, then nailed another 3 to put New Orleans up 102-91 with 3:30 left and send the sellout crowd into a frenzy.

After West scored twice more inside, Pargo, who finished with 15 points, made another 3-pointer to seal it.

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