Tuesday , Mar , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets struggling at the worst time

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets appeared to be
headed towards a postseason berth. They have lost six straight games and now
are just a .500 team (31-31).

New Orleans/Oklahoma City is one-half game behind the Sacramento Kings for
the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They are only
one game behind the seventh-seeded Los Angeles Lakers.

On Tuesday, the slumping Hornets try to halt their six-game losing streak as
they visit the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. It is the fourth and
final meeting of the season between the clubs. In the three previous contests,
the teams split a pair of games at the Ford Center, while the Spurs beat the
Hornets, 111-84, on December 29th at San Antonio.

The Hornets have lost three straight at San Antonio.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City hits the road after going winless on a four-game
homestand. On Sunday, Vince Carter scored a game-high 27 points, grabbed five
rebounds and dished out five assists for the New Jersey Nets, who defeated the
Hornets, 95-84, at the Ford Center.

Rookie phenom Chris Paul scored 17 points and dished out seven assists, while
Speedy Claxton came off the bench to contribute 12 points and five steals in
the loss to New Jersey for the Hornets, who have dropped eight of their last
10 contests overall.

The Hornets are just 12-18 on the road this season.

Paul is second on the team in scoring (16.3 ppg) and leads the Hornets in
assists (8.0 rpg). He is averaging 18.1 points and 9.1 assists in his last 10
outings.

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