Friday , Dec , 01 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hornest attempt to halt losing streak against Bulls

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets try to put an end
to a four-game losing streak tonight when the slumping club hosts the Chicago
Bulls at the Ford Center.

The Hornets’ latest setback came Tuesday in Oklahoma City, where Toronto put
together a big second half to post a 94-77 victory.

Chris Paul led the Hornets with 16 points but only finished 6-of-16 from the
floor. The second-year sensation added 11 assists in the loss. Former Bull
Tyson Chandler grabbed 17 rebounds in defeat.

Chandler spent his first five seasons in Chicago before being traded to the
Hornets during the offseason in a deal which landed veteran P.J. Brown in a
Bulls’ uniform.

The Hornets are averaging just 78 points during their current slide and
haven’t scored more than 83 in a game over the course of the streak. New
Orleans/Oklahoma City averaged 96.5 points during its 8-3 start to the season.

The team’s downfall has coincided with injuries to two of its top players in
forwards Peja Stojakovic and David West. Stojakovic has missed the last two
games because of a lower back strain, while West hasn’t played since November
12 due to a strained right forearm. Both men are expected to be sidelined
again tonight.

The Hornets may also be without guard Bobby Jackson, who hurt his ribs in
Tuesday’s loss.

Chicago finally appears to be headed in the opposite direction, as the Bulls
have won two in a row after a disappointing 3-9 beginning to the 2006-07
campaign. Both of those victories came at the expense of the New York Knicks,
including Tuesday’s 102-85 triumph at the United Center in the finale of the
home-and-home series.

Ben Gordon poured in 23 points and Chris Duhon netted 17 to help the Bulls
record back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Brown added 14 points
in the triumph.

Ben Wallace finished with eight points and 12 rebounds in his first game since
being fined by the Bulls for violating the team’s ban on headbands in
Saturday’s win over the Knicks.

The teams split two meetings last season, with Chicago dropping a 100-95
decision last February in their first-ever visit to the Ford Center.

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