Hornets Take Care Of Heat, Finish Road Trip 5-1

Posted: April 4, 2008 in Hornets

It was a game that actually got really close at one point, which was an unpleasant surprise. A serious 3rd quarter lapse on defense was responsible. No need to go into those details. The Hornets had a better 4th quarter when they beat Miami 32-11 and finished with the final score of 106-77. Tyson Chandler came up big in this game finishing second in scoring behind David West. Chris Paul had a below average and recent low 10 assists, but finished with a double-double with 14 points and those 10 assists. The Bees return to the Hive after a successful 5-1 road trip to take on the struggling New York Knicks. The top seed Hornets will be looking to stay that way and also finally clinch a playoff spot with Golden State losing their game against Dallas. They are 52-22, three wins away from their best season in franchise history.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
P.Stojakovic F 35:11 4-13 4-9 0-0 +20 0 3 3 0 4 1 0 0 0 12
D.West F 33:57 8-17 0-0 6-6 +12 3 3 6 0 2 0 1 0 0 22
T.Chandler C 33:49 10-10 0-0 0-3 +18 1 9 10 2 0 1 1 1 0 20
M.Peterson G 21:56 2-8 1-4 0-0 +10 2 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 5
C.Paul G 30:10 6-12 1-2 1-2 +9 0 5 5 10 0 1 1 0 1 14
B.Wells   19:24 3-6 0-0 0-0 +10 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 6
H.Armstrong   09:44 1-2 0-0 1-1 +2 0 2 2 0 4 1 0 0 1 3
J.Pargo   17:50 1-4 0-0 2-2 +20 0 3 3 6 5 0 2 0 0 4
J.Wright   19:25 3-6 0-2 5-8 +21 4 5 9 2 0 3 0 0 0 11
R.Bowen   08:47 0-0 0-0 1-2 +6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
M.James   05:20 2-4 1-1 0-0 +8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5
C.Andersen   04:27 1-3 0-0 1-1 +9 2 4 6 0 1 0 0 1 0 3
Total 240 41-85 7-18 17-25 12 38 50 22 20 7 6 2 5 106
48.2% 38.9% 68.0% Team Rebs: 9 Total TO: 7

MIAMI, April 2 (AP)Tyson Chandler was perfect, and the New Orleans Hornets finished off a nearly perfect road trip.

Chandler was 10-for-10 from the floor, and his 20-point, 10-rebound effort helped the Hornets remain atop the Western Conference standings with a 106-77 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

David West scored 22 points and Chris Paul added 14 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, who finished 5-1 on their six-game road trip through the East. It was also the 25th road win for the Hornets, topping what was the franchise record set 11 seasons ago.

“It was one of those games that could have been a letdown, one of those teams that teams can overlook,” Chandler said.

He wasn’t going to let that happen.

Chandler was 6-for-6 in the opening 7 1/2 minutes as the Hornets ran out to a 21-9 lead. They never trailed, and put away the game with a 19-3 run midway through the fourth quarter.

“We control our own destiny,” Paul said. “We definitely showed a lot of poise and a lot of concentration and we got it done.”

Chris Quinn finished with 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Miami, which lost its fifth straight. The Heat are 5-42 since Christmas, and now at 13-62 overall, they need to go 3-4 in the season’s final seven games merely to avoid matching the worst mark in franchise history.

“We made a very spirited comeback … and then we couldn’t get a shot to drop,” Heat coach Pat Riley said.

Miami hung with New Orleans until the fourth, but simply didn’t have an answer for Chandler – who put together the best shooting game of his NBA career. He had an 8-for-8 effort on Dec. 17 against Portland and was 8-for-9 on four other occasions.

Peja Stojakovic hit a pair of 3-pointers during New Orleans’ game-deciding run in the fourth, and finished with 12 points.

Blake Ahearn scored 15 points and Daequan Cook added 12 for Miami. Joel Anthony added a career-best 12 rebounds for the Heat.

“Chandler Lifts Hornets Past Miami”. NBA.com. April 3rd, 2008. “http://www.nba.com/games/20080402/NOHMIA/recap.html”.

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