Paul puts on a show as Hornets top Knicks at MSG
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Chris Paul had 27 points, 13 assists and seven
rebounds to lead the Hornets over the Knicks, 109-98, at Madison Square
Desmond Mason added 16 points for the Hornets, who have won five of six. David
West added 19 points and eight rebounds for New Orleans/Oklahoma City, which
improved to 1-1 on its current three-game road trip.
Channing Frye had 18 points and Jamal Crawford ended with 14 for the Knicks,
who have lost five straight after winning a season-high six in a row. Nate
Robinson had 13 points for New York, which continues to play without a pair of
Guard Stephon Marbury missed his third straight game with an injured shoulder,
while center/forward Antonio Davis sat out the second of his five-game
suspension for going into the crowd to aid his wife in Chicago earlier this
The Hornets began to pull away in the third quarter. Ahead 56-51 after 24
minutes of action and leading just 58-54 just over a minute into the third,
the Hornets went on a 10-2 run to open up a 12-point advantage. West, who had
four points during the surge, ended it with a bucket 3:40 into the quarter for
a 68-56 cushion.
Then, leading 77-67 with three minutes remaining in the stanza, the Hornets
ended the quarter by busting out a 10-4 run to go into the fourth with a
comfortable 87-71 advantage.
In the final stanza, the Hornets extended to a 21-point lead after Rasual
Butler’s three-pointer with just over two minutes elapsed made the score
The Knicks later drew within 99-90 with 3:35 remaining on a Crawford driving
reverse layup, but that would be as close as New York could get.
After trading a couple of baskets, the Hornets’ J.R. Smith nailed a three-
pointer with 2:08 on the clock to make it a 102-94 game. The Hornets then
cruised to the finish.
The Knicks scored just a combined 41 points in the second and third quarters.
New York’s last lead in the game was 22-21 after Channing Frye’s bucket late
in the first quarter. A pair of Paul free throws with 2 1/2 minutes remaining
gave the Hornets back the advantage, and the team went into the second with a
“(The Hornets) just did a great job of controlling the tempo and finding the
open people,” said New York head coach Larry Brown. “We had far too many
turnovers and when we had an advantage with size inside we just didn’t do a
New York fell to 0-2 on its current four-game homestand and are now 9-11 at
home this season…The Hornets improved to 8-13 on the road…This was
the first meeting of the season between these two teams…The Hornets have won
two straight against the Knicks.