Hornets Pull One Out Against the New York Knicks

Posted: March 4, 2008 in Hornets

The Jekyll and Hyde team that is the post All-Star break Hornets pull out a tough win against the abomination known as the New York Knicks. The Knicks closed out ice cold missing their last seven shots and the Hornets closed on a 10-0 run for a 100-88 final. Don’t let that fool you, though. The game was 90-88 in favor of the Bees for 3 minutes down to 2 minutes left in the game. Finally, when New York was still missing shots, the Hornets heated up with a couple field goals and a couple 3-balls to finish. Chris Paul led the way with David West behind him in points, who was top scorer for the Hornets a lot lately. The Hornets are 40-19, reaching the 40 win mark for the first time in Byron Scott’s tenure. With 23 games left, there should be a lot more to come.

The Hornets hold down the 3rd spot in the West.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M.Peterson G 25:51 3-5 3-4 2-2 +17 0 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 11
C.Paul G 35:40 11-17 2-3 3-4 +8 0 5 5 8 1 3 2 0 1 27
D.West F 38:15 8-21 0-0 3-6 +4 5 3 8 2 4 1 1 4 0 19
P.Stojakovic F 34:40 3-13 3-10 0-0 +10 0 3 3 3 0 0 1 0 1 9
T.Chandler C 37:18 6-9 0-0 3-4 +16 4 14 18 1 3 0 1 0 0 15
J.Pargo   20:38 3-10 1-3 0-0 -8 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 7
M.Ely   14:16 1-4 0-0 1-2 -1 2 5 7 1 4 0 1 2 0 3
M.James   13:51 3-5 1-3 0-0 +7 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
R.Bowen   12:20 0-0 0-0 0-0 +4 1 3 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
R.Butler   07:11 0-4 0-2 2-2 +3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2

NEW YORK, March 3 (AP)Chris Paul scored 27 points and had a hand in three clutch baskets in the final minutes, leading the New Orleans Hornets to a 100-88 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.

Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Hornets, who sent the Knicks (18-42) to their seventh straight losing season. They did it by controlling the final minutes behind Paul, who finished with eight assists, five rebounds and three steals.

The Hornets pulled within 1 1/2 games of Southwest Division leader San Antonio, which is percentage points ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for the best record in the Western Conference. New Orleans is third.

Jamal Crawford scored 20 points and Eddy Curry ended a month-long slump with 19 for the Knicks, who played without starting forward Zach Randolph (bruised right foot).

The Hornets fell apart in the fourth quarter of a 101-84 loss in Washington on Sunday, but handled the closing minutes much better in this one. With New Orleans up 90-88, Paul made a floater with 1:46 remaining, then found Chandler for an alley-oop dunk about 40 seconds later.

Paul closed the decisive stretch by converting a three-point play with 43 seconds left, making it 97-88.

New Orleans (40-19) surpassed its win total from last season. David West finished with 19 points.

There were 19 lead changes in the first half, which ended in a 49-49 tie after the Knicks’ Jared Jeffries just beat the buzzer with a fast-break dunk. Paul scored 14 points in the third quarter, helping New Orleans take a 75-73 lead.

Notes: Trying to shoot down reports that Stephon Marbury has been told to stay away from the Knicks while rehabbing after ankle surgery, Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said he expected his point guard at the game and available for questions. But when asked if there were any restrictions on Marbury, Thomas ended his pregame news conference after about three minutes. However, a Knicks official said Marbury wasn’t at the game. … The Hornets were without swingman Bonzi Wells, who aggravated a sore Achilles’ tendon Sunday.

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