Tuesday , Feb , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets go for third straight win vs. Seattle

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets go for their third
straight win, as they play the third of a four-game road trip tonight against
the Seattle SuperSonics at KeyArena.

On Sunday, David West poured in 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and
rookie Chris Paul added 19 points and eight assists, as New Orleans/Oklahoma
City defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 88-75, at the Rose Garden.

Rasual Butler tallied 13 points in the win over Portland for the Hornets, who
dominated the Blazers to a 27-14 count in the final quarter to win for the
11th time in their last 14 games overall

The Hornets are scheduled to visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday
in the finale of their current road trip. They defeated the Clippers 102-89
on December 14th at the Ford Center.

West is averaging a team-best 17.0 points per game, while Paul, who is second
on the club in scoring (16.3 ppg), has dished out a team-high 7.7 assists per

Paul has scored 18 or more points in four straight games and is averaging 21.8
points and 7.3 assists per game.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City is scheduled to play 13 of its final 26 games on the
road. The Hornets are 12-16 as the visitor this season.

The Sonics, who begin a five-game homestand this evening, try to put the
brakes on a two-game losing streak. On Saturday, Shaquille O’Neal scored 31
points and missed just one of his 16 field goal attempts, as the Miami Heat
beat Seattle, 115-106, at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Rashard Lewis finished with 25 points and nine rebounds in the loss to the
Heat for the Sonics, who have lost six of seven and 10 of their last 12 games
overall. All-Star Ray Allen tallied 21 points in defeat.

Seattle is 12-14 at home this season. The Sonics will also host Detroit, Utah,
Memphis and Minnesota on the current stand.

This is the third meeting of the season between the clubs. The Hornets won the
two previous contests, as they picked up a win at home and on the road.

The Hornets have lost five of their last seven at Seattle.