Hornets Beat Raptors North of the Border

Posted: March 31, 2008 in Hornets

The Hornets, led by David West and his 32 points, held off the Toronto Raptors for another road win and got their 50th win of the season. Chris Paul had another dynamite game scoring 20 points and racking up 16 assists. The Bees were dominating the Raptors through 3 quarters, but found themselves in a closer battle toward the end thanks to a 32-17 Raptor 4th quarter. The final was 118-111 after the Hornets started the quarter up 101-79. Byron Scott made note of the sub-par defensive play after the game saying that if the Hornets didn’t improve on the defensive end of the floor, they would get knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. New Orleans’s defense has been slipping a little the last couple of games. Nevertheless, this win is #50, making the best basketball season ever in New Orleans more impressive. The Bees are 50-22 and tied with the Spurs atop the Western Conference.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C.Paul G 35:18 8-15 1-3 3-3 +16 1 5 6 16 1 2 2 0 1 20
M.Peterson G 24:02 3-8 2-4 0-0 +21 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 8
D.West F 42:22 13-21 0-1 6-8 +14 0 7 7 3 4 1 0 2 0 32
P.Stojakovic F 42:49 9-13 5-7 2-3 +13 1 3 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 25
T.Chandler C 41:48 8-9 0-0 1-1 +5 4 6 10 1 3 1 1 1 0 17
B.Wells   17:29 6-11 0-0 0-0 -10 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 12
J.Pargo   16:13 1-2 0-0 2-2 -10 0 2 2 3 1 1 1 0 0 4
J.Wright   10:20 0-1 0-0 0-0 -6 0 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
M.James   04:57 0-0 0-0 0-0 -10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C.Andersen   04:42 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TORONTO, March 30 (AP) — After watching his team win its 50th game, New Orleans coach Byron Scott was willing to forgive a fourth-quarter lapse on defense.

David West scored 32 points and Chris Paul had 20 points and 16 assists to lead New Orleans to a 118-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, giving the Hornets 50 wins in a season for the first time since 1997-98.

Peja Stojakovic scored 25 and Tyson Chandler had 17 points and 10 rebounds as New Orleans bounced back from a 20-point loss in Boston on Friday night to win for the sixth time in seven games.

“It’s huge for us,” West said of reaching 50. “I don’t know if many people expected us to be where we are. We feel good about it but we’re not settling for just 50. We’re trying to win the West, trying to seal up the Southwest division. We’re going to have to continue to play at a high level.”

The Hornets shot 48-for-80 (60 percent) from the field, their third-highest mark of the season.

In a game that looked like a laugher, West and Paul had to be summoned from the bench after Toronto rallied from a 22-point deficit to cut the gap to 114-108 with 90 seconds remaining.

“Basically, their bench just ate our lunch,” Scott said.

Scott felt better after West made a hook shot and Chandler threw down a dunk to push the Hornets’ lead back to 10. But the coach made sure his team got the message about maintaining defensive intensity.

“I have to keep it in perspective,” Scott said. “It’s still a win, it’s our 50th win of the season, we’re still in number one position in the Western Conference so I have to keep all those things in perspective. I also have to keep reminding these guys that if we don’t get better on the defensive end, we could be put out of the playoffs in the first round. It’s that simple.”

Chris Bosh scored 21 points and Carlos Delfino added 18 as Toronto’s modest two-game winning streak was ended.

“They showed why they’re one of the better teams in the Western Conference,” Bosh said. “You really have to give it to them. We switched up our schemes, we tried to do different things but they were still able to have success. There wasn’t anything we could throw at them to throw their offense off.”

“West, Paul lead Hornets to 50th Win With Victory Over Raptors”. NBA.com. March 30, 2008. “http://www.nba.com/games/20080330/NOHTOR/recap.html”.

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