Tuesday , Apr , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets still have some sting left

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (35-37) are
hanging around in the Western Conference playoff race. They are two games
behind the Sacramento Kings for the eighth and final playoff spot in the
West.

The Hornets will play five of their final 10 games this season on the road.
They will visit Detroit, Dallas, Sacramento, Phoenix and the Lakers.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City will play its final five home games against Golden
State, Toronto, Cleveland, Seattle and Utah.

On Tuesday, New Orleans/Oklahoma City attempts to keep their playoff hopes
moving in the right direction when they visit the always tough Pistons at The
Palace of Auburn Hills. It is the second and final meeting of the campaign
between the teams. On January 10th, Richard Hamilton poured in 30 points to
pace Detroit to a 96-86 victory over the Hornets at the Ford Center.

The Pistons have won three in a row against the Hornets, who have lost two
straight after winning their last two at Detroit.

The Hornets enter Tuesday’s contest on a three-game winning streak. On Sunday,
rookie phenom Chris Paul posted his first career triple-double with 24 points,
12 rebounds and 12 assists to lead New Orleans/Oklahoma City past the Toronto
Raptors in double-overtime, 120-113, at the Air Canada Centre.

David West netted 23 and pulled down six rebounds, while Speedy Claxton added
10 points and a career-high 12 assists in the win over Toronto for the
Hornets.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City is 14-22 as the visitor this season.

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