The Hornets beat the Grizzlies; T-Wolves up next

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Published: November 17, 2007

The Hornets took care of business in Memphis last night, although it took a little longer than usual. We needed overtime and some heroics from David West to shake those pesky Grizzlies.

West gets hyped

Final score was 120-118 (recap | box). The Hornets really should have wrapped this one up in 48 minutes, but the Grizzlies were just on fire from deep, dropping three threes in the final 13 seconds of regulation to force OT. Rudy Gay and Juan Carlos Navarro were on some hero shit right there. Pretty impressive though that the Hornets run into a white hot Memphis team, who shot 15-of-24 from three and 50.5% from the field, and we still come out on top. And on the road no less.

There were some great individual performances by the Hornets, most notably David West's 40 points. That's a new career high for him. Ditto for field goals made (17) and attempted (29). Speaking of career-highs, Peja had 9 rebounds last night. I though he was allergic to those things. Yeah, just kidding. Dude scored 17 points, but his shooting is still pretty inconsistent.

Tyson Chandler had himself a tidy game, scoring 12, collecting 17 and rejecting 4. Bobby Jackson was electric off the bench, scoring 14 on 5-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from downtown. Uncanny, you could say. Meanwhile, that Chris Paul dude finished with 28 points, 13 dimes and 5 steals. We'll forget about the 7 turnovers. He turned his ankle in the third quarter and had to get it wrapped up. He played on and played well but I'm not sure how that will affect him in Minneapolis tonight. Jim Eichenhofer tells us it's "a relatively minor injury." Hopefully that's not relative to decapitation or something. John Reid tells the same story, though, so I guess we're all good.

Anyway, we're 8-2 and I have that good feeling like a sneeze only eight times better. Tonight it's a tussle with the T-Wolves up North, and it might be a tough game despite their 1-6 record. Our guys won't exactly be fresh like shaved daisies after that slugfest in Memphis.

Luckily, the Timberwolves were busy running up and down a basketball court yesterday, too. They hosted the Wizards and did the losing thing again, 89-105. Rashad McCants led Minnesota with 19 points, while Al Jefferson chipped in with 15 and 10 boards.

Those guys got their only win of the season against the visiting Sacramento Kings last Wednesday, 108-103. McCants had a career high 33 points in that one, which is, like, way inferior to David West's new career high. Sucker.

Tip tonight is at 7pm Central, which is less than three hours from now as I type this. I'm late like a pregnant chick today. Some linkage, and I'll be out of here…

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