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The Hornets beat the Pacers
The Hornets are unbeaten and I'm wearing new socks. It doesn't get much better than this, people.
Yup, our guys beat the Pacers last night, 100-91 (Box | Recap). That's two wins on the road against two decent teams. If the Hornets keep that up all season and take care of business at home, we're looking at a pretty good record. Like 83 wins or something.
Speaking of home, the Hornets are back in New Orleans tomorrow to take on the Rockets. More on that in due time. Before I get too far ahead of myself though, here are some notes and thoughts on the Pacers game…
- The Hornets seem to love messing up a special night for the opposing team. First it was ruining the Red Auerbach tribute in Boston, then they crash the Pacers 40th anniversary celebration yesterday. This team is like that dude at the party who arrives uninvited, drinks all your whiskey, pukes in the fish tank, then fucks your sister. (Whaddup, Calvin!)
- The rebounding was excellent, with the Hornets dominating the glass, 53-34. Tyson Chandler grabbed 15 of those — 8 offensive!! — while only fouling twice, as in, he only committed two fouls. Shocking, I know. Cedric Simmons also was a beast on the boards, finishing with 7 rebounds in 15 minutes of play.
- Darrell Armstrong found a time machine and dropped 11 points and 6 dimes on us. Leading the Pacers was Jermaine O'Neal, who scored 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting. He also had five blocks, but, I mean like, who cares, you know?
- Besides Armstrong and Marquis Daniels (8pts, 5rebs), the Pacers bench weren't able to replicate their success in Charlotte on Wednesday. The Hornets bench, meanwhile, contributed 39 points and 19 rebounds.
- Rasual Butler proved to be the hero, knocking down 4-of-5 shots for 11 fourth-quarter points.
- David West led the Hornets with 20 points, getting off to a fast start and finishing 8-of-13 from the field.
- Chris Paul played like an earthling, scoring 16 and dishing 6 in a less-than-usual 31 minutes. Pargo is playing so well (10 points vs. Pacers) that Byron Scott can afford to sit Paul more, which may pay dividends as the season grinds on.
- Darnell Mayberry was at the game last night and posted three times on his blog. Among other things, he talks about Tyson Chandler's dunk and not touching Jenni Carlson's ass. It's great stuff. Go read.
- Speaking of reporters who read this blog, Benjamin Hochman has apparently been paying attention too, noting the following in today's T-P:
It was the battle of the post players with Mohawks, the Hornets' Tyson Chandler and the Pacers' Al Harrington, whose Mohawk is fresh and clean shaven on both sides, a la Mr. T. It was Chandler who had a better game than Harrington and, admittedly, a better hairdo.
Battle of the Mohawks? Mr. T? It all adds up. And you know I often speak zee French aussi.
- You can see Chandler's posterization of Stephen Jackson right here. Or, for extended highlights of the game, NBA.com's got you covered. I haven't found video of Cedric Simmon's dunk over JO, but it looked like this…
- Peja Stojakovic played crap again. There's no other word for it. 8 points on 3-of-10 shooting, 1-of-5 from deep. He only played 23 minutes due to foul trouble.
His struggles are all fine and dandy while the Hornets are winning, but sooner or later we'll hit a losing streak and I might have to start typing in upper-case.
At the moment though, it's kind of nice to think how much ass-kicking the Hornets could do if those shots start dropping. They will start dropping, right?
In other news, Mike Bibby had 11 turnovers last night. Nothing to do with the Hornets. Just thought you might like to know.