Monday , Jan , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets starting to piece together some wins

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets are 20-20 and are
starting to win some tough games. They have won five of six and eight of their
last 11 games overall.

The Hornets closeout a three-game road trip on Monday when they visit the
Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden. It is the second and final meeting of
the season between the clubs. On December 7th, Paul Pierce poured in 28 points
and connected on 13-of-16 from the charity stripe, as the Celtics cruised to a
101-87 victory over the Hornets at the Ford Center.

The Celtics have won three straight over the Hornets, who have won five of the
last nine meetings in the series. The Hornets have lost three of their last
five at Boston.

The Hornets are 1-1 on the current swing. Rookie phenom Chris Paul finished
with 27 points, seven rebounds and 13 assists to lead the Hornets over the
Knicks, 109-98, at Madison Square Garden.

Desmond Mason ended with 16 points in the win over New York for the Hornets,
while forward David West added 19 points and eight rebounds for New
Orleans/Oklahoma City.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City is 8-13 on the road this season. The Hornets have
won three of their last four games as the visitor.

Paul, who is averaging 16.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and a team-best 7.5 assists
per game, has scored in double-digits in five straight contests and has
registered consecutive double-doubles. He is averaging 22.4 points and 8.8
assists in his last five outings.

The Hornets are 7-3 when they score 100 or more points this season.