Hornets open new home with win over Kings
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – P.J. Brown scored 20 points and pulled
down 10 rebounds, as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets opened the regular
season and their new home with a 93-67 victory over the Sacramento Kings at
the Ford Center.
Rookie Chris Paul, the fourth overall pick in the 2005 draft, had 13 points,
eight rebounds and four assists for the Hornets, who opened a 44-33 lead at
the half and cruised the rest of the way.
The team was relocated from New Orleans to Oklahoma City following the
devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina, which caused damage to the New
Orleans Arena. During the summer, Oklahoma City Council members approved a
lease that would allow the Hornets to play 35 of their 41-game home schedule
and all playoff games at the 19,675-seat arena.
The Hornets are scheduled to play their six remaining home games at the Pete
Maravich Center on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge,
J.R. Smith had 19 points, Speedy Claxton scored 17 and David West put in eight
points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who outrebounded the
Peja Stojakovic had 18 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim chipped in 14 for the
Kings, who shot a woeful 31.3 percent from the field.