Hornets Able To Get By Losing, But Streaking Pacers

Posted: March 26, 2008 in Hornets

David West led the Hornets in scoring once again with 35 points and the Hornets held off the Indiana Pacers in Indiana Tuesday night. The big story toward the end of the game was the NBA re-debut of the “bird man” Chris Anderson. Anderson contributed pretty well on the defensive side of the ball getting some big blocks in the paint helping the Hornets stop some Indiana possessions. He was, however, a bit too anxious to get on the floor as he was guilty of a couple of untimely fouls on offense and defense. He should settle down eventually and it is not expected to be a problem. The Hornets also went on a little bit of a drought while Anderson was in the game, giving up a couple of 9-2 runs to Indiana and shrinking the Hornets 14 point lead, which they once had, down to a 100-98 contest. The Hornets got stops when they needed to though and won this one 114-106.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C.Paul G 39:58 9-19 2-5 11-14 +18 0 3 3 14 3 3 1 0 2 31
M.Peterson G 12:29 0-2 0-1 0-2 +2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D.West F 41:42 14-24 0-0 7-7 +23 4 12 16 1 2 3 2 2 2 35
P.Stojakovic F 41:37 6-13 4-7 0-0 +11 0 4 4 1 3 1 0 0 1 16
T.Chandler C 34:31 5-7 0-0 5-7 +12 4 3 7 1 5 1 1 0 0 15
J.Wright   25:11 1-5 0-2 3-4 -2 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 1 0 5
B.Wells   22:57 3-6 0-0 3-4 -10 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 9
J.Pargo   08:02 1-3 0-0 1-1 -10 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 3
M.Ely   07:47 0-0 0-0 0-0 +4 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0
C.Andersen   05:46 0-0 0-0 0-0 -8 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0

INDIANAPOLIS, March 25 (AP)David West had 35 points and 16 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets beat Indiana 114-106 on Tuesday night in the Pacers’ first game since CEO Donnie Walsh announced he was leaving the team at the end of the season.

Chris Paul had 31 points and 14 assists as the Hornets won their fourth straight to maintain the best record (48-21) in the Western Conference.

Danny Granger led Indiana with 26 points and nine rebounds against his hometown team. The Pacers had been on a four-game winning streak, but the loss gave the Pacers back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1987-88 and 1988-89.

The Pacers lost amid reports that Walsh would take over the New York Knicks. A Pacers spokesman said Tuesday that Walsh hasn’t made a decision on his future and hasn’t agreed to anything with any team.

The Hornets led 59-56 at halftime, then went on a 13-2 run at the start of the third quarter to take a 72-58 lead. The Pacers ended the period on a 9-2 run that included two 3-pointers by Granger and another by Shawne Williams to cut New Orleans’ lead to 86-79 at the end of the quarter.

With Paul on the bench to start the fourth quarter, the Pacers chopped into New Orleans’ lead. A three-point play by Williams made it 88-82, and a pair of free throws by Granger two minutes later made it 90-86 before Paul returned.

Tyson Chandler‘s dunk off a pass from Paul extended the lead to 98-89, but the Pacers quickly rallied. A 3-pointer by Granger, a short jumper by David Harrison and a baby hook in the lane from Mike Dunleavy trimmed New Orleans’ lead to 100-98 and forced the Hornets to call timeout with five minutes left.

The Pacers made just two field goals in the final 4:30.

Notes: Indiana F Jermaine O’Neal has missed 31 straight games, but he has been practicing and said he expects to be back soon. Indiana coach Jim O’Brien says it’s a matter of O’Neal deciding his cardiovascular conditioning is good enough to play. … Former Purdue basketball coach Gene Keady attended the game.

~~~From NBA.com~~~ 

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