Hornets Set Back By Mavs in Finale 111-98

Posted: April 17, 2008 in Hornets

After a little set back against Dallas, the Hornets finish the season 56-26 and earn a series with the Mavs in the first round beginning this Saturday. The Hornets had a 12 point lead in the third quarter before Jason Kidd got crazy with the three pointers and helped the Mavs pull away from the Hornets late. The Mavs were at bay most of the game. The Bees just purposely let JK get wide open 3 point shots which also got Dirk Nowitzky going after previously shooting for a very low shooting percentage.

Here’s a look at the series:

Sat Apr 19 vs. Mavericks 6:00pm ESPN

Tue Apr 22 vs. Mavericks 6:00pm TNT

Fri Apr 25 @Mavericks 7:00pm ESPN

Sun Apr 27 @Mavericks 8:30pm TNT

Tue Apr 29 vs. Mavericks (if necessary) TBD

Thurs May 1 @Mavericks (if necessary) TBD

Sat May 3 vs. Mavericks (if necessary) TNT Start time: TBD

HORNETS vs. Mavs 4/16

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
P.Stojakovic F 37:55 6-13 1-2 4-4 -3 3 5 8 2 2 0 0 2 0 17
D.West F 39:18 12-26 0-0 2-3 -18 2 6 8 2 1 0 1 3 1 26
T.Chandler C 29:47 3-5 0-0 0-0 +7 1 7 8 1 4 2 0 1 0 6
M.Peterson G 19:20 2-5 1-2 0-0 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 5
C.Paul G 33:57 6-12 3-5 5-6 -11 0 3 3 10 5 2 3 0 0 20
B.Wells 22:32 6-10 0-1 4-8 -18 1 3 4 1 4 0 2 1 0 16
H.Armstrong 15:49 0-1 0-0 0-0 -20 5 1 6 1 4 0 0 2 0 0
J.Pargo 07:45 1-3 0-1 0-0 -1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
M.James 14:22 1-6 0-2 0-0 -1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
J.Wright 19:16 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 3 0 3 1 0 4

Dallas 111, New Orleans 98

DALLAS, April 16 (AP) – Dirk Nowitzki came right out and said it: The Dallas Mavericks did not want to open the playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers.

They’d much rather take their chances against the New Orleans Hornets – especially after the way things went Wednesday night.

Jason Kidd and Jason Terry outplayed Hornets star Chris Paul, with Kidd racking up the 100th triple-double of his career and Terry scoring 13 of his 30 points during a 32-8 stretch that took Dallas from down by 11 to leading by 13. The Mavericks wound up winning 111-98 to set up a first-round series between these teams.

“This was definitely a win we wanted to get,” Nowitzki said. “The Lakers are probably the hottest team in the West. We definitely didn’t want to face them in the first round. … (New Orleans) had a great year, but I think we match up pretty well.”

The Hornets came in locked into the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. To avoid the Mavericks, New Orleans had to win and have Denver win later Wednesday.

Coach Byron Scott decided to go for it, sticking with his starters after taking a 50-48 lead at halftime and even after they’d stretched it to 70-59. He could’ve pulled them at that point, comfortable in knowing his best handled Dallas’ best, and hoped his backups could finish it off.

But he didn’t. And it backfired.

Kidd and Terry began either scoring or setting up easy shots every time on offense. A few minutes into the fourth quarter, the Mavericks were ahead 91-78.

Although New Orleans got to 100-96, Dallas pulled away again – just like the playoff-experienced Mavericks hope to do to the young, playoff-novice Hornets over the next two weeks.

“They played harder and we got a little rattled,” Scott said. “They played with a little more purpose. We were a little lackadaisical. In the playoffs, you can’t do that.”

Paul agreed, even if he can’t speak from experience. The closest he’s gotten to the postseason is attending the last two NBA finals as a spectator.

“The playoffs are a whole different game,” he said. “Tonight they came out with a lot to prove, whether they played us or the Lakers. We definitely wanted to win but we also knew we also had the second seed.”

“Kid Collects 100th Triple Doble, Mavs Win.” NBA.com. April 16, 2008. http://www.nba.com/games/20080416/NOHDAL/recap.html.”

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Comments
  1. nolachick says:

    so i’ve realized the hornets tend to lose or come close to losing whenever i watch a game. that being said, i don’t think i can avoid watching them in the playoffs, as im slowly starting to love them. and i don’t want the sick paranoia that afflicts me during saints season to carry over to the nba. any suggestions?

  2. Danl says:

    Unless the boss of Hornets bring in good players,they won’t have a good performance.

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