Hornets Trounce Spurs Again

Posted: May 6, 2008 in Hornets

They were much more aggressive at the glass, they did a much better job guarding D. West in the low post, who had one of his worst games of the season, Tim Duncan was more aggressive getting his share of the scoring, Ginobili and the bench did what they could, the result; pretty much the same as Saturday night, a 102-84 thumping of the defending Champs to push the Hornets to a 2-0 lead over San Antonio. D. West only racked up 10 points with the Spurs being more aggressive with him. So what do the Bees do? Give the ball to Peja who is very conveniently having the stroke on this particular calm D. West night, who hit 5 out of 7 three pointers and shot 8-13 from the field. The Hornets pin point shooting in the 3rd quarter made it difficult for the Spurs, who on a number of occasions tried to build a run, to come back and helped to keep that cushion over the Spurs. The series will now shift to San Antonio where the Hornets won one game and lost one in the regular season. The key is whether the energy level and shooting percentage can travel with the team.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
P.Stojakovic F 40:12 8-13 5-7 4-4 +32 1 5 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 25
D.West F 39:54 2-11 0-0 6-6 +14 1 9 10 5 3 0 4 0 2 10
T.Chandler C 27:20 2-2 0-0 1-2 +35 2 9 11 1 5 1 0 2 0 5
M.Peterson G 23:38 5-5 1-1 1-2 +26 0 3 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 12
C.Paul G 40:52 11-20 1-2 7-8 +23 1 1 2 12 3 1 1 0 1 30
M.Ely 14:32 1-2 0-0 1-2 -10 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 3
B.Wells 13:33 1-6 0-0 0-0 -8 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 2
J.Pargo 20:28 2-6 0-1 0-0 -7 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 4
J.Wright 12:22 2-7 2-4 0-0 -6 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 6
R.Bowen 02:23 0-0 0-0 0-0 -3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M.James 02:23 2-3 1-2 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
H.Armstrong 02:23 0-0 0-0 0-0 -3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

NEW ORLEANS, May 5 (AP)Chris Paul‘s surgical drive past the San Antonio defense ended with a high, razzle-dazzle dribble and a soft, floating shot off the glass as a packed crowd broke into a thunderous frenzy.

“These are some of the best moments, I think, of my life that we’re experiencing right now,” Paul said. “We’re just riding a wave right now.”

It’s a wave that wiped out the Dallas Mavericks and is now crashing hard on the defending champion Spurs.

Paul had 30 points and 12 assists, leading the New Orleans Hornets to a 102-84 victory Monday night and a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven, second-round series.

Peja Stojakovic made five 3-pointers and scored 25 points for the Hornets, who’ve won both games by wide margins in becoming the first team to put San Antonio in an 0-2 playoff hole since 2001, when the Spurs were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals.

“We’re definitely a little shocked,” Spurs forward Kurt Thomas said. “You can’t take anything away from them. They are playing extremely well. If one person’s not going, someone else is stepping up.”

Game 3 is Thursday in San Antonio.

After allowing David West to score a career playoff-high 30 points in the series opener, the Spurs held the All-Star power forward to 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting. But West remained active under the basket with 10 rebounds.

“We’re trying to make sure our defense is where we want to start. We don’t worry about what we’re doing on the offensive end,” West said. “We stuck to what we do.”

Tyson Chandler had 11 rebounds and all of his five points, including an alley-oop dunk of Paul’s lob, during a key stretch midway through the fourth quarter when the Hornets prevented San Antonio from getting within single digits.

Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 18 points and eight rebounds, far better than his miserable Game 1, when he tied a career playoff low with five points and three rebounds. But by the final minutes, Duncan was on the bench, resting his cheek on his hand with a dejected 100-yard stare.

“It’s just frustrating losing. That’s the biggest thing,” Duncan said. “They’ve obviously done an excellent job defensively, frustrating all of us with their double-teaming, with their shifting. … It seems like they come the other way and they’re not missing shots. That stacked on top of each other just makes the whole game very frustrating.”

“Paul Powers Hornets to Another Easy Win over Spurs.” NBA.com. May 6, 2008. “http://www.nba.com/games/20080505/SASNOH/recap.html”.

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Comments
  1. john says:

    I have to admit that the Spurs are playing aweful and unless they find some answer within themselves, there is a high possibility that they might be out sooner rather than later.

    This is really deppressing for me but I would give thanks to the Hornets for showing me some beautiful basketball. That guy CP is just fantastic!!!!

    Would love some thought from about the game….

    http://mundoalbiceleste.blogspot.com/2008/05/playoffs-news-manu-spurs-in-big-trouble.html

  2. berto says:

    Jake,

    I am beginning to yield to the charm of the Hornets. Chris Paul is a solid person. Mr. West, Mr. Stojakovic, Mr. Ely, Mr. Wells, and all of the other players have a charm.

    I am coming to realize it is not unlike Our New Orleans Saints. Mr. Shinn may not have the charm and allure one would like.

    Mr. Benson seemed to be very self-involved after the hurricane with the possible move to San Antonio, the Lee Zurik / Tiger Stadium fiasco, the utilization of the Airline Drive facility by the National Guard, and other unattractive instances.

    In short,

    I have a cup of the Hornets Kool Aid in my hand.

    I’ll drink it probably after the San Antonio series.

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