Monday , Dec , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Chris Paul can get the Hornets back on track

(Sports Network) – If anyone on the New Orleans/Oklahoma City roster can help
the team halt its five-game losing streak it’s rookie phenom Chris Paul.

Paul leads the club in scoring (16.4 ppg) and assists (7.1 apg). He has scored
in double-digits in 19 of 20 games for the Hornets, who are 8-12 on the
season. The Wake Forest product is shooting 44.2 percent from the floor and
81.2 percent from the foul line.

The Hornets hope to put the brakes on a five-game losing streak on Monday, as
they visit the Phoenix Suns at America West Arena. The road team has won five
of the last seven meetings in this series, while the Suns have won five in a
row overall. The Hornets have dropped two straight and six of their last nine
at Phoenix.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City plays the finale of a three-game road trip. On
Sunday, Peja Stojakovic, Bonzi Wells, and Shareef Abdur-Rahim each scored 23
points, as the Sacramento Kings knocked off the Hornets, 110-100, at ARCO
Arena.

Paul led New Orleans/Oklahoma City with 18 points and 12 assists in the loss
to the Kings, while P.J. Brown finished with 17 points and eight rebounds in
defeat. David West totaled 16 points, Speedy Claxton scored 13 and J.R. Smith
netted 12 for the Hornets.

The Hornets are 4-8 as the visitor this season. They have lost four in a row
on the road.

After Monday’s game, the Hornets are scheduled to host the Clippers and the
Suns during a brief two-game homestand.

West has been playing very well for the Hornets this season. He is averaging
16.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The 25-year-old forward has scored in
double-digits in four straight games and is averaging 19 points and five
boards in that span.

NOH