Hornets Lead Mavs 3-1 After A Stomping In Big D

Posted: April 29, 2008 in Hornets

It hasn’t happened this decade, the last time it happened was when the Charlotte Hornets walked out of Big D with a 94-92 victory over the Mavs in 1998. After an 0-12 run at American Airlines Center, the Hornets Finally get a win in Dallas. Dallas, by the way, is winless this year at the Hive, however, they have gotten many victories in the New Orleans Arena in the past. Dallas shot very poorly in this game, much like the Hornets did in their loss Friday night. The Bees will take a 3-1 lead back to the Big Easy Tuesday night which could be the last time the Hornets will have to deal with the Mavericks this season.

DALLAS, April 27 (AP)David West and Chris Paul were on the bench, smiling as they watched thousands of fans headed to their cars.

They were soaking it all in because it might be their last glimpse of Dallas for a while.

West bounced back from a miserable Game 3 with a determined effort in Game 4, scoring 10 points in an early second half rally that sent the Hornets surging past the Mavericks 97-84 on Sunday night, giving them a 3-1 lead in the first-round series.

West had 24 points and nine rebounds, Paul had 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and the Hornets ended an 0-for-14 drought in Dallas that dated to January 1998. Now they’re headed to New Orleans, hoping to win Game 5 on Tuesday night and avoid coming back to Big D until next season. The Mavericks are on the brink of a second straight first-round exit.

“It’s a great feeling to be up 3-1, but it doesn’t mean too much right now,” Paul said. “It’s tough to close out a team, to get that fourth win. That’s what coach has been preaching to us. We feel pretty confident going back in front of our fans.”

Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Jason Terry scored 20 points, but they didn’t get much help. Josh Howard was 3-for-16 and Jason Kidd had only three points, three assists and four rebounds before getting ejected with 7:16 left for a flagrant foul on Jannero Pargo. The exodus in the aisles came soon after, even before Hornets coach Byron Scott pulled his starters.

“At that point, we’d done close to what we needed to get the result we wanted,” West said.

The Mavs went from scoring 30 points in the first quarter to 14 in the second quarter, then 40 in the entire second half.

Dallas’ meltdown – in this game, in this series and since being up 2-0 on Miami in the finals two years ago – might end up costing coach Avery Johnson his job. Nowitzki already was using the past tense in his postgame comments, saying they just didn’t have enough offense in the series.

“I don’t really have an answer for it,” said Nowitzki, exhaling loudly and running a hand through his hair in frustration. “All season long, we’ve lost leads way too quick. … Everybody has to be in attack mode. You have to make shots to win in this league.”

New Orleans did, hitting 50 percent. Peja Stojakovic scored 19 points and Julian Wright added 11, including a tremendous dunk off a midcourt steal of Jerry Stackhouse, a play that emphasized the difference in the age and agility of these teams.

“West Powers Hornets Past Mavs For a 3-1 Lead”. NBA.com. April 28, 2008. “http://www.nba.com/games/20080427/NOHDAL/recap.html”.

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