Hornets Start Slow, Finish Fast, Deny Warriors Entry Into Playoffs For Another Day

Posted: April 7, 2008 in Hornets

The Bees started with relatively soft defense and gave the Warriors an early 36-24 lead. But these Bees wouldn’t have much more of that, would they? No they wouldn’t. They tightened up on defense and Jannero Pargo became a 3-pt assassin shooting three of them and getting 15 total points all in the second quarter; lets throw in a 3 pointer from Julian Wright, shall we? All this helped the Hornets take a 56-51 into the half, oh but wait, with under 3 seconds to go, CP3 dishes out an assisst to Peja Stojakovic and he bangs in a 3 at the buzzer. The Bees led 59-51 at the half. They would eventually take this one 108-96. The Hornets are one of just two teams in Golden State’s last 40 games to keep them under 100 points. With that win, the Hornets are 54-22 keeping them at the top of the West even with the Spurs win tonight. They also tie their best basketball season in franchise history and need just 1 win in their final 6 games for their best season ever. They won 54 back in the late 90’s in Charlotte and their previous New Orleans best was 47 wins back in 2003.

In front of a rowdy sellout crowd, Chris Paul did not choose a bad time to get his first triple double of the season (16 pts. 13 asts. 10 rbs.). He was in front of a national audience on ABC, his last chance to make a strong case for MVP. D. West and Peja Stojakovic shared the scoring lead with 25 a piece.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
P.Stojakovic F 42:31 9-20 3-10 4-4 +10 1 3 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 25
D.West F 38:31 12-18 0-0 1-2 +13 3 6 9 2 3 3 2 2 2 25
T.Chandler C 34:34 5-8 0-0 1-4 +5 3 9 12 0 4 0 4 0 0 11
M.Peterson G 14:43 2-5 1-3 0-0 -8 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 5
C.Paul G 40:35 7-16 1-2 1-1 +8 3 7 10 13 2 5 5 0 0 16
B.Wells 20:06 3-6 0-0 2-2 +4 0 3 3 3 2 2 3 0 0 8
J.Pargo 29:03 5-12 3-7 2-2 +23 0 4 4 7 2 3 2 0 1 15
H.Armstrong 09:09 0-1 0-0 0-0 +3 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
J.Wright 09:40 1-1 1-1 0-0 +4 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3
R.Bowen 01:09 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

NEW ORLEANS, April 6 (AP)Chris Paul‘s third season in the NBA is turning into a historic one for the New Orleans Hornets.

Paul had 16 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds and New Orleans tied a franchise record for single-season victories with 54 in a 108-96 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

It was the fourth career triple-double for Paul, who also had five steals and inspired boisterous chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” from a sellout crowd that watched the Hornets (54-22) win their 11th straight home game and fourth straight overall.

“Every record it seemed like the franchise had has gotten broken this year or is on the verge of it,” said Paul, who set a franchise record for single-season steals in a win over New York a game earlier and now has 199. “I feel like my team is the MVP. We are having an outstanding year.”

Certainly, Paul had help against Golden State and didn’t need to score his average of 21.5 points.

Peja Stojakovic and David West each scored 25 points, helping New Orleans close the game on an 18-6 run after Golden State had rallied to tie the game at 90 early in the fourth quarter.

“That’s when good players show up and this team is full of them,” said Hornets center Tyson Chandler, who had 11 points and 12 rebounds to help New Orleans remain atop the Western Conference with six games remaining.

“That’s the one thing about our team I’m comfortable with going into a playoff-type atmosphere – we don’t rely on one scorer,” Chandler said. “I love the balance of this team and I think you’re going to need that if you want to go deep into the playoffs.”

“Paul’s Triple-Double Lifts Hornets Past Warriors”. NBA.com. April 6, 2008. “http://www.nba.com/games/20080406/GSWNOH/recap.html”.

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  1. Nola Chick says:

    GEAUX HORNETS!!! ((I actually watched the Golden State Game. Yay for me!)

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