Hornets Rebound From Abyssmal Scoring Night, Get Franchise Record 55 Wins

Posted: April 11, 2008 in Hornets

CP3, D-West, and the Hornets rebounded from a 77-66 loss to the Utah Jazz, who have beaten the Hornets 3 of 4 times this season, and took it to the Timberwolves Wednesday night 122-90. Early on, the game was close when it shouldn’t have been mostly from the Hornets continuing to shoot poorly. They finally found their range, though,  hitting big three pointers in the third, and went absolutely crazy scoring 41 points in the third quarter alone. The Bees were able to pull away, way away from Minnesota down the stretch in the fourth quarter. With that, the Hornets pick up win #55, a franchise best. They beat their New Orleans record earlier this year which was previously 47 wins.

They have a 2 game lead on both the Spurs and the Lakers for top spot in the West. They will need to beat the Lakers on Friday night to maintain that mini cushion they have on both teams, which is important with only 4 games to go before the playoffs begin. The Hornets have sat on top the West for so long that a deep desire to win it has firmly sunk in. Winning it would give the Hornets home court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
P.Stojakovic F 34:31 9-15 5-8 1-2 +25 2 3 5 0 2 0 1 0 0 24
D.West F 36:46 10-13 0-1 2-2 +19 1 5 6 3 2 1 2 1 0 22
T.Chandler C 31:19 6-7 0-0 2-5 +32 3 4 7 1 1 0 1 1 1 14
M.Peterson G 19:20 2-4 1-2 2-3 +13 0 3 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 7
C.Paul G 33:07 6-11 2-4 5-5 +27 1 4 5 16 3 1 1 0 0 19
B.Wells 17:35 3-7 0-3 0-0 +5 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 6
H.Armstrong 12:39 1-2 0-0 0-2 -6 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
R.Bowen 09:47 2-2 0-0 1-2 +8 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 5
J.Pargo 17:55 4-12 3-5 1-2 +18 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 12
J.Wright 19:42 3-8 0-3 3-4 +9 2 5 7 2 2 1 0 0 0 9
M.Ely 04:03 1-1 0-0 0-0 +6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
M.James 03:17 0-2 0-0 0-0 +4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 240 47-84 11-26 17-27 11 29 40 27 12 8 5 3 1 122
56.0% 42.3% 63.0% Team Rebs: 5 Total TO: 5

MINNEAPOLIS, April 9 (AP)Chris Paul helped the New Orleans Hornets stay atop the Western Conference and set a team record for wins, too.

Paul had 19 points and 16 assists, and the New Orleans Hornets bounced back to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-90 Wednesday night.

Peja Stojakovic scored 24 points and David West had 22 for the Hornets, who scored just 66 points in a loss to Utah on Tuesday and looked sluggish through the first half against Minnesota.

But a 41-point third quarter, capped by Paul’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was too much for the woeful Timberwolves.

“I thought in the third and fourth quarter he started to find his rhythm. He started making shots, getting to the basket and being Chris Paul,” coach Byron Scott said. “He snapped back well tonight, as did David, as did Peja, as did Tyson (Chandler), as did the whole team.”

Chandler finished with 14 points. In the second half, Paul scored 17 points and had nine of his assists.

“We’ve got to come out early in the game and impose our will. I think about that going into every game, and I think that starts with me.” Paul said. “Defensively and offensively it starts with me and I got to start doing a better job.”

Rashad McCants had 23 for the Timberwolves, who have lost six straight. Randy Foye scored 20 points for Minnesota, but just four of those came in the final three quarters.

The win gave the Hornets a franchise-best 55 wins, beating the record set in 1996-97.

The Hornets led just 48-46 lead at intermission but Stojakovic – who finished with five 3-pointers – sparked a third-quarter surge that put New Orleans in front to stay.

“Hornets Rout Wolves, Set Franchise Record For Wins”. NBA.com. April 10, 2008. “http://www.nba.com/games/20080409/NOHMIN/recap.html”.

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