Hornets Blow Up Spurs at the Hive

Posted: March 13, 2008 in Hornets

The Hornets, in front of a very rowdy 16,319, dominated the Spurs 24-8 in the fourth quarter and went on to take a 100-75 victory over San Antonio Wednesday night. David West was very noticeably back and led the scoring for the Hornets with 29 points including one three ball. Chris Paul pitched in 26 points and 16 assists continuing his stellar season assist average. The crowd tonight was unbelievable; loud as can be every time San Antonio touched the ball, especially after the officials called a few bad fouls on the Hornets. To some, it was like a Duke college basketball game where the crowd is deafening on every opponent possession. That doesn’t usually happen in the NBA. But the Hive was louder than ever and the Hornets only fed off of it making the game more ridiculous every minute. The Hornets are 43-20 and pull within a half game of the Spurs and Lakers, whom they play Friday.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C.Paul G 34:30 12-19 0-1 2-2 +20 0 1 1 17 1 3 3 0 0 26
M.Peterson G 24:14 2-4 1-3 0-0 +5 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 5
D.West F 35:39 14-22 1-2 0-0 +25 0 10 10 3 4 1 1 0 1 29
P.Stojakovic F 33:17 4-9 1-2 0-0 +20 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
T.Chandler C 28:35 1-2 0-0 2-2 +17 1 9 10 3 4 0 1 2 0 4
J.Wright   18:11 2-4 0-0 0-0 +4 3 4 7 1 1 1 2 0 0 4
J.Pargo   17:35 1-3 0-1 2-2 +8 0 1 1 2 2 1 2 0 0 4
B.Wells   15:26 3-4 0-0 2-2 +14 1 2 3 1 4 0 1 0 0 8
M.Ely   15:01 3-5 0-0 0-0 +5 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 0 1 6
R.Bowen   09:02 1-1 0-0 0-0 +1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
M.James   04:15 1-1 0-0 0-0 +3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
H.Armstrong   04:15 0-1 0-0 1-2 +3 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 1

NEW ORLEANS, March 12 (AP)Chris Paul had 26 points and 17 assists to help the New Orleans Hornets take a convincing 100-75 victory over the Southwest Division leading San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

David West, returning from an ankle injury that sidelined him for three games, had 29 points and 10 rebounds as New Orleans pulled within a half-game of the division lead behind the Spurs and Houston Rockets.

The Hornets shot a stunning 59 percent against the normally defensive-minded Spurs, who had held 26 of their previous 30 opponents under 100 points.

When West hit a 3-pointer with 5 minutes remaining, the Hornets led 91-71, and both teams subbed all of their starters out soon after.

San Antonio shot 43 percent, going only 2-of-18 from 3-point range and a dreadful 7-of-17 on free throws. Tony Parker had a particularly rough night at the foul line, going 2-for-8.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Parker finished with 26 points, hitting the Spurs’ only two 3-pointers. Manu Ginobili added 11 points for San Antonio.

Paul had his double-double when he set up West’s jumper with 10:44 left in the third quarter, at which point Paul had played only 20 minutes. It ended up being the eighth time this season he’s had at least 20 points and 15 assists in a game.

The Hornets began to pull away in the third quarter when Paul made consecutive jumpers, then scored inside on a feed from Tyson Chandler. West then hit a pair of jump hooks and a driving floater off the glass. Peja Stojakovic followed with a tough fadeaway and rookie Julian Wright hit a pull up after spinning into the lane, capping a 16-6 run that put New Orleans up 68-54.

Duncan’s free throws pulled the Spurs to 76-67 at the end of three quarters, but New Orleans scored the first three baskets of the fourth quarter and pulled away from there.

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