Paul, Hornets beat Warriors to stay undefeated
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Chris Paul poured in 22 points to go
along with 11 assists as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets held on to beat
Golden State, 97-93, and remain undefeated for the season.
“They got great play from Chris Paul,” said the Warriors’ Baron Davis. “We
couldn’t keep him out of the lane.”
Peja Stojakovic scored 18 points and David West added 16 points and 11
rebounds for the Hornets, who were celebrating their second “home opener” of
Tuesday’s game was the Hornets first game in Oklahoma City, where they will
play all but six of their home games. The result also gave the Hornets their
first 4-0 start in franchise history.
Davis scored 22 points, while Monta Ellis added 17 off the bench for the
Warriors, who will host the Hornets on Thursday in the back end of a home-and-
home set between the clubs.
Trailing by 10 to start the fourth, the Warriors opened the quarter with a
12-3 run to quickly cut their deficit down to one.
Ellis and Matt Barnes opened the period with back-to-back baskets before
Rasual Butler answered with a trey for the Hornets.
However, Golden State came right back with eight straight points, pulling to
within 77-76 on Mike Dunleavy’s one-handed put-back.
Anthony Roberson then came through with two huge three-pointers for the
Warriors: one to tie the game at 81-81 and two minutes later, another to put
Golden State up 86-85.
Davis’ dunk extended the Warriors’ lead to 90-87 with 3:31 left in the fourth,
but Stojakovic answered for the Hornets with five straight points
Stojakovic first dropped in two from the charity stripe to bring the Hornets
back within a point and New Orleans/Oklahoma City came up big at the defensive
end, stopping multiple put backs from Dunleavy and Andris Biedrins.
Stojakovic then came right back at the other end, converting a three-point-
play after being fouled to up the Hornets lead with 92-90 with 1:58 left to
Golden State had a chance to either tie the game or take the lead with just 13
seconds remaining, but Desmond Mason intercepted Ellis’ inbound pass.
Paul, though, converted just 1-of-2 free throws, giving the Warriors one last
chance to even the score.
However, Roberson’s three-point attempt failed to get rim and West and
Stojakovic converted free-throws the rest of the way to ice the game.
“It’s cool (to start 4-0),” said West. “But we can’t get too excited. It’s a
marathon and we just have to keep picking up wins. The Western Conference is a
tough conference and we just need to keep our focus and continue to scrap and
The Hornets held a 29-17 after the first quarter, but the Warriors managed to
pull within nine, 52-43, at the break.
Jason Richardson’s jumper brought the Warriors with 66-64 with 2:20 left in
the third, but the Hornets closed the quarter out with an 8-0 run and took a
74-64 lead into the final period.
Mason finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for the Hornets, while Tyson
Chandler had 10 points and 14 boards…Biedrins finished with 10 points, six
blocks and five rebounds for the Warriors…The Hornets outrebounded Golden