Tuesday , Nov , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

No sophomore jinx for Paul

(Sports Network) – Reigning Rookie of the Year Chris Paul has picked up
right where he left off last season. The Wake Forest product leads the Hornets
in scoring (18.4 ppg) and assists (8.4 apg).

The 21-year-old Paul, who is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game, has scored in
double-digits in six straight and 13 of 14 games this season. He has also
handed out 10 or more assists seven times and has collected six double-

New Orleans/Oklahoma City attempts to halt a three- game losing streak when it
hosts the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday at Ford Center. Toronto has lost 11 of
its last 15 at the Hornets. The Raptors are 5-14 at the Hornets.

It is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Raptors are
scheduled to host the Hornets on January 24, 2007 at Air Canada Centre.

On Saturday, All-Star Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and pulled down nine
rebounds to lift the Dallas Mavericks past the Hornets, 85-73, at American
Airlines Center.

Jannero Pargo finished with 19 points and reigning Paul contributed 12 points
and five steals in the loss to Dallas for the Hornets, who have dropped six of
their last 10 games overall.

On the injury front for the Hornets, forward Peja Stojakovic ( strained lower
back) is doubtful, while David West (strained right forearm) is
questionable. West has not played since November 12th and is averaging 17.4
points and 8.3 rebounds, while Stojakovic, who joined the club through a sign-
and-trade with Indiana during the offseason, last played on November 24th.

The Hornets, who play the first of a two-game homestand against the Raptors,
are 4-1 as the host this season. They will host Ben Gordon and the Chicago
Bulls on Friday. The Hornets and Bulls have split the last eight meetings.
Chicago has lost two of its last three at the Hornets.