The Hornets beat the Hawks

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Published: March 1, 2007

The Hornets took down the Hawks in Oklahoma City yesterday, 107-100. Solid play all round from the starters. Chris Paul and Devin Brown finally regained their respective mojos, Tyson Chandler and David West killed some folks in the lane, while Desmond Mason dropped in 16 points just for gits and shiggles. The reserves were a different story, scoring a combined 13 points on 4-of-18 shooting.

Bad bench. No more garbage minutes for you. 

CP did the superstar thing

Guess what? I have no time to do this today. Unusual, I know. Luckily, Darnell Mayberry already posted a great wrap of this one over at NewsOK.com. Adding to that…

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  • CP finished with 24 points, 13 assists, 4 steals and one lonely turnover. He did shoot just 6-of-16 from the field, but hit 4 of his final 5 to ensure the W. Echoing what Mayberry said, dude needs to do the takeover thing more often.
  • As noted by Benjamin Hochman in today's T-P

    It's one of the strangest accomplishments all season, but the Hornets have won the past six games that were the back end of a back-to-back.

    Stranger than a nun in a dishwasher. Also interesting that the Hornets have now won 12 of 13 at home.

  • Check the Elias sidebar in ESPN's game report. The rebounding is getting ridiculous.
  • The Hornets had 23 assists and 9 turnovers yesterday. On the season, they're averaging 18 and 14 respectively. Also, they were 5-of-8 from three. They average 14.1 attempts per game.
  • Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 27 points and 8 dimes, while Josh Smith had a sweet all-round game: 17 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, 5 blocks. Speedy Claxton had just 6 points and 4 assists. Hardly a fantastic performance, but better than Bobby Jackson.
  • Chandler's 18 points were a season high, btw. He also had 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. That's ten consecutive double-doubles, and counting.

Both the Nuggets and Clippers won last night, too, so the Hornets remain a half game out of that eighth spot. Some breathing room behind us now though. Full standings here. The Clippers play in Seattle tonight.

So the Hornets wave goodbye to February and say hello to March. This month's schedule has been described by some as "brutal", "tough" and other big words I have trouble spelling. Byron Scott is hoping we can come out the other end at about .500, which would give us a great shot at the Playoffs.

I'm hoping the Hornets win every game in March. It's quite possible, too. All they need do is score more points than their opponent each night. That's how you get declared the winner. Being obsessed with the NBA since childhood, you pick up these little nuances.

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