Wednesday , Feb , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets, Jazz begin home-and-home set

=== Hornets, Jazz begin home-and-home set ===

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets try to get back on
the winning track this evening when they begin a home-and-home set with the
Utah Jazz at the Ford Center.

The Hornets had their five-game winning streak halted on Tuesday, as they were
routed by the Indiana Pacers, 97-75, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Chris Paul led
all scorers with 27 points and Desmond Mason tallied 12 for New
Orleans/Oklahoma City, which fell for just the second time in its last 11
games.

The Hornets, who were a dismal 18-64 last season, are still seventh in the
Western Conference, two games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth
and final playoff spot.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City, which will start a four-game road trip in Utah on
Saturday, is 19-8 at home this season.

Utah, meanwhile, comes in on a losing note as well after falling to the Boston
Celtics, 103-83, on Tuesday at the Delta Center. Andrei Kirilenko had 17
points to pace the Jazz, who have dropped three in a row and have scored less
than 90 in all of those games.

Mehmet Okur and Milt Palacio each added 15 points, but Palacio injured his
left hand in the closing seconds. He is questionable for tonight’s affair.

Utah, which is two games back of the Lakers for the final playoff spot in the
West, plays two of its next three away from home and is 12-15 on the road for
the year.

The Jazz split their four matchups with the Hornets last season, but have won
two of three and three of the last five meetings. Utah has also lost seven of
nine and 10 of 13 as the road team in this series.

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