Hornets Beat Celtics At The Hive

Posted: March 24, 2008 in Hornets

There’s a ton of you who actually give a damn, so where are y’all? The Bees used a 4th quarter spark, backed by the capacity crowd in the arena led by David West and Chris Paul and fueled by 8 steals from Bonzi Wells to come back from a frustrating 10 point deficit that stared at the Hornets all game long and ultimately beat the 55-13 league-leading Boston Celtics at the Hive Saturday night. How ’bout that sentence? David West was an absolute monster in the 4th quarter scoring 37 points all together and Bonzi Wells, again I bring up the fact that I used to dog on him…bad, Came up huge again shutting down Boston possessions on the defensive end of the floor, something the Hornets weren’t doing the first 3 quarters of the game. The final was 113-106 and the win pushes the Hornets to 47-21 and allows them to maintain their #2 seed in very, very tough Western Conference where 10 out of 15 teams are above .500 and the margin of games from the top spot to the #6 spot is 1.5 games. Attendance was a very big wake-up call, slap in the face, guilt inflicting 18,280, again the largest sellout of the season and a standing room only.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C.Paul G 29:09 6-10 2-3 5-6 +1 1 2 3 7 5 2 2 0 0 19
M.Peterson G 16:10 1-3 1-3 2-2 -9 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 5
D.West F 43:12 15-25 0-0 7-7 +1 0 4 4 0 3 0 1 0 1 37
P.Stojakovic F 37:19 3-13 2-9 5-5 -6 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 13
T.Chandler C 43:19 4-4 0-0 1-2 +8 4 5 9 0 5 0 0 1 0 9
B.Wells   25:53 3-8 1-2 5-7 +21 0 3 3 2 2 8 2 0 0 12
J.Pargo   20:30 6-10 3-5 0-0 +5 1 2 3 6 1 0 2 0 1 15
J.Wright   17:25 1-3 1-1 0-0 +10 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 1 0 3
M.Ely   07:04 0-1 0-0 0-0 +4 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0

NEW ORLEANS, March 22 (AP) — The Boston Celtics’ recent dominance of the powerful Western Conference ended at the hands of an All-Star fittingly named West.

David West scored 37 points and the New Orleans Hornets overcame an early 15-point deficit to beat Boston 113-106 on Saturday night.

“We’re confident in what we can do and we make sure, regardless if we’re up, if we’re down, that we play the same way and hopefully that consistency can carry us through to wins,” West said. “Guys had to make shots. We’re playing from behind just about the whole game, dealing with a team like Boston that we know is so good.”

“Regardless of who we’re playing, if we buckle down on defense at that crucial point, we’ll be able to pull it out.”

Chris Paul, despite playing only 29 minutes because of foul trouble, had 19 points and hit a pair of clutch jumpers in the waning minutes as New Orleans added a win over the mighty Celtics to recent triumphs over San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston.

The Celtics came in riding a four-game winning streak that included a three-game swing through Texas, with wins over San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.

Paul Pierce had 16 of his 28 points in the first quarter and the Celtics shot better than 60 percent and led by double digits until well into the third.

But Boston seemed to tire in the fourth as New Orleans surged to its ninth straight victory at home while stopping Boston’s road winning streak at eight.

“We definitely had our opportunities, had our big early lead, but we couldn’t get stops tonight for some reason,” Pierce said. “We just played lackadaisical (in the fourth quarter). You’ve got to give them some credit. … Their bench did a great job coming in and giving them a spark, with Jannero Pargo and Bonzi Wells.”

Wells had 12 points and eight steals, six in the fourth quarter to set a franchise record and help New Orleans hold Boston to 17 points.

Boston committed 21 turnovers, leading to 32 Hornets points.

“Guys were really helping each other,” Wells said. “We played really no defense for most of three quarters and in the fourth quarter we made a conscious effort to understand what their sets are. We don’t see teams like this often, so we kind of calmed down in the fourth quarter and got stops.”

Pargo had 15 points and six assists in 21 minutes, helping New Orleans surge into the lead while Paul was on the bench early in the fourth quarter.

“David West single-handedly destroyed us, but Pargo was the most important player on their team,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “They had their leader off the floor, and they actually cut the lead, got the lead, with him off the floor, and that’s the time we should have stretched the lead and we didn’t.”

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