Wednesday , Apr , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets aim to sting Warriors at Ford Center

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets try to stay within
striking distance in the Western Conference playoff race, as they host the
Golden State Warriors tonight at the Ford Center.

The Hornets are two games behind the Sacramento Kings for the eighth and final
playoff berth in the West.

This is the third and final meeting of the campaign between the squads. In the
two previous contests, the teams split a pair of contests at The Arena in
Oakland.

Golden State has lost nine straight and 10 of its last 11 at the Hornets.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City tries to get back on the winning track this evening.
On Tuesday, Antonio McDyess scored his most points as a Piston, totaling 26
points while also grabbing 14 rebounds, as Detroit defeated the Hornets,
101-93, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Rookie phenom Chris Paul continued his tremendous season with 24 points and 10
assists in the loss to Detroit for the Hornets, while David West netted 24 in
defeat.

The Hornets, who will host the Toronto Raptors on Friday, are 21-15 as the
host this season.

Golden State attempts to halt a five-game losing streak when it plays the
finale of a three-game road trip. On Tuesday, Chucky Atkins tallied a game-
high 22 points and handed out five assists in leading the Memphis Grizzlies to
a 100-75 win over the State Warriors at the FedExForum.

Derek Fisher ended with 17 points in the loss to Memphis for the Warriors, who
have dropped 15 of their last 21 games overall. Troy Murphy added 13 points
and 10 rebounds, while Ike Diogu scored 10 in defeat.

The Warriors are 12-24 as the visitor this season.

GSW NOH