Hornets Come Out Of A Huge Hole, Then Whip Rockets

Posted: March 20, 2008 in Hornets

Chris Paul and returning David West led the Hornets steady, slow, but sure comeback to beat the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night and hand them their second straight loss by at least 20 points and their second game in a row where they just lost it in the second half. After the Hornets finally completed the comeback of 14 points for good, which was at the end of the third quarter, game tied at 59, they proceeded to dominated the Rockets with the defense we have come to know and YES, LOVE. The final score was 90-69. Bonzi Wells, who I began to criticize a little came off the bench and flat out produced with 25 points, 20 of which came in the fourth. He is starting to show our trade with the Rockets was a good one. The Hornets are now 46-21, tied for first in the West until L.A. plays tonight. Attendance was 17.956, the second largest sellout of the year.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C.Paul G 34:10 9-13 2-4 1-3 +12 1 3 4 10 1 4 5 0 0 21
M.Peterson G 15:48 0-6 0-4 0-0 0 3 1 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
D.West F 40:53 6-18 0-0 11-13 +18 2 9 11 1 3 2 2 1 2 23
P.Stojakovic F 34:07 5-11 1-4 0-0 +5 1 2 3 2 1 3 0 0 0 11
T.Chandler C 38:58 1-3 0-0 0-0 +19 1 14 15 0 4 1 1 4 0 2
B.Wells   26:47 9-12 1-1 6-7 +16 0 2 2 0 1 2 1 3 0 25
J.Wright   23:31 3-5 0-0 0-2 +21 1 3 4 3 3 0 0 0 0 6
J.Pargo   13:50 0-4 0-0 0-0 +9 0 2 2 1 1 1 2 0 0 0
M.Ely   07:59 0-2 0-0 0-0 -2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
M.James   02:09 0-0 0-0 0-0 +5 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
R.Bowen   01:13 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
H.Armstrong   00:35 1-1 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

NEW ORLEANS, March 19 (AP) — The term “losing streak” suddenly applies to the Houston Rockets, thanks in large part to a player they got rid of at the trading deadline.

Bonzi Wells helped New Orleans hand the Rockets their second straight loss after a 22-game winning streak, scoring 20 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter in the Hornets’ 90-69 victory Wednesday night.

Wells denied the trade – which sent him and Mike James to New Orleans for Bobby Jackson – had anything to do with his effort to take over a game that was tied at 59 after three quarters.

“I’ve been on five different teams so it doesn’t really matter,” Wells said after helping New Orleans (46-21) pull even with the Los Angeles Lakers atop the Western Conference. “We’re really fighting for something here and if you can’t get motivated every night you shouldn’t be in this league.”

David West, returning from a right ankle sprain that sidelined him for two games, had 23 points and 11 rebounds as New Orleans also pulled a half-game ahead of the Rockets for the Southwest Division lead.

Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, who extended their home winning streak to eight while ending the Rockets 12-game winning streak on the road.

Tracy McGrady, who scored only eight points in a 94-74 loss to Boston a night earlier, scored 15 against New Orleans, still well below his nearly 22-point-per-game average.

“We’ve got to make it easier on him,” Houston coach Rick Adelman said. “They are doubling him so hard. They’re coming at him all the time. If he gives it up, we have to be able to finish it.”

But Houston, which shot 41 percent against Boston, was even worse in New Orleans, finishing at 34 percent in setting a season low for points while tying a season low with only 28 field goals.

“We’ve got to get ourselves together, but it is getting harder every game,” McGrady said.

Luis Scola had 14 points and nine rebounds before fouling out with 3 minutes left. Shane Battier also scored 14, while Dikembe Mutombo and Rafer Alston each scored 10.

Battier noted that Houston’s sudden slide may have something to do with the level of competition.

“We played the best team in the league, Boston, at home, then we played the team that has been leading the conference for the majority of the year,” Battier said. “We just did not have enough to get over the top the last two games.”

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  1. Nola Chick says:

    wow, this is a lot of basketball talk. I’ll just say “Geaux Hornets” and leave you to your own devices…

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