Hornets Come Back To Beat Bulls

Posted: March 19, 2008 in Hornets

The Hornets, behind MVP candidate Chris Paul, rallied after being down 9 entering the 4th in a sluggish game to beat the Chicago Bulls 108-97. The Bees were down by as much as 12 points and every time they got within reach of the Bulls, they seemed to answer and pull away again. You had to figure that with David West out with an ankle injury and Chris Paul’s ankle about 70%, the Hornets were going to drop this game too heading into a tough match-up with the Houston Rockets. Paul had different thoughs, fueling a 33-13 Hornet closing quarter. The Hornets are now 45-21 as we move closer to June and the playoffs. With L.A. losing yesterday, the Hornets move back up to 2nd in the crazy tight Western Conference. The Hornes are behind only the Rockets who have a 22 win streak going into tonights game with the Celtics.

Field Goals   Rebounds  
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C.Paul G 42:20 15-21 2-3 5-7 +12 1 3 4 13 1 3 2 0 0 37
M.Peterson G 24:17 2-5 0-2 0-2 -7 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
R.Bowen F 11:16 0-3 0-0 0-0 -12 0 2 2 0 3 1 3 0 0 0
P.Stojakovic F 44:30 6-19 3-11 6-6 +12 4 6 10 2 2 1 2 0 0 21
T.Chandler C 43:20 3-8 0-0 2-4 +5 3 8 11 0 4 0 2 1 0 8
B.Wells 26:54 6-13 0-0 7-8 +23 3 1 4 2 3 1 1 1 3 19
J.Pargo 23:56 2-5 0-1 1-1 +16 0 2 2 4 5 2 0 0 0 5
J.Wright 18:47 6-8 1-1 1-1 0 1 3 4 0 4 0 1 1 0 14
M.Ely 04:40 0-0 0-0 0-0 +6 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

NEW ORLEANS, March 17 (AP) – Hornets coach Byron Scott called point guard Chris Paul a Hall of Famer in the making Monday night.

Paul said he wasn’t ready for those credentials, but his teammate Tyson Chandler was quick to put him in the race for MVP.

Paul had game highs of 37 points and 13 assists in New Orleans’ 108-97 win over the Chicago Bulls.

He made an open 3-pointer with 2:47 left in the fourth quarter to tie it 96-all. After a steal by Jannero Pargo on the next possession, Paul found Chandler for a thundering alley-oop dunk to give the Hornets their first lead since halftime.

“It was all Chris Paul,” said Chandler, who finished with eight points. “The little man was all over the floor. It was incredible. It’s one of the best performances I’ve seen from him yet. He, at least to me, made his bid (Monday night) to consider him the MVP.”

Paul’s shooting touch kept the Hornets in the game as they trailed throughout almost the entire second half. He finished the game 15-for-21 from the floor. Paul also had three steals and only two turnovers.

Bonzi Wells, who scored 19 points, added two free throws and a dunk in the next two possessions to seal the Hornets’ victory.

New Orleans outscored Chicago 33-13 in the fourth quarter.

Peja Stojakovic added 21 points for the Hornets, but made only six of 19 3-point attempts. Rookie Julian Wright added 14 points for New Orleans.

Ben Gordon came off the bench to score 31 points for Chicago, but he knew Paul deserved the kudos.

“He took the game over single-handedly,” Gordon said. “Every basket he made, they needed it to win.”

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