Paul notches triple-double as Hornets best Warriors in OT
=== Paul notches triple-double as Hornets best Warriors in OT ===
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Chris Paul notched a triple-double with
17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds in leading the New Orleans/Oklahoma City
Hornets to a 114-109 overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Speedy Claxton scored 21 points and dished out seven assists for the Hornets,
who remain two games behind Sacramento for the eighth and final playoff spot
in the Western Conference. David West and Linton Johnson each scored 13 points
in the victory, while Marc Jackson had 12.
Jason Richardson led the way for the Warriors with a game-high 24 points to go
along with eight assists and six rebounds. Derek Fisher turned in 22 points in
the loss, while Mike Dunleavy had 19 points and six rebounds. Monta Ellis
chipped in 11 points, as Golden State dropped its sixth straight game.
The Hornets shot 47.8 percent from the floor in the first quarter, as they
held a slim 27-24 edge at the end of the period.
Richardson nailed a three-pointer with 0.6 seconds left in the second quarter,
that pulled the Warriors within five points, 55-50, at the break.
Golden State scored the last nine points of the third quarter and tied the
game at 82-82 behind a Mickael Pietrus layup with 0.2 seconds remaining in the
In a tightly contested fourth quarter, Claxton made one of two free throws to
put the Hornets ahead 103-101 with nine seconds left. Following a Golden State
timeout, Fisher got the ball in the lane and nailed a short jumper to tie the
game with 2.1 seconds left. West had a chance to win the game in regulation
for the Hornets, but his jump shot was no good at the buzzer.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City closed out the overtime with an 8-2 spurt, as it
picked up the victory.
The Hornets committed just seven turnovers in the game compared to 17 by the
With the win, New Orleans/Oklahoma City captured the three-game season series
from Golden State, 2-1…Rasual Butler notched his first career double-double
with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets…The 16 assists by Paul set a
new career-high…The Warriors have now lost 16 of their last 22 games…Baron
Davis missed his 11th straight game with a sprained ankle.