Wednesday , Jan , 10 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets rout Hawks

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Jannero Pargo came off the bench to notch 24
points and seven assists, as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets downed the
Atlanta Hawks, 96-77, at Philips Arena.

Rasual Butler netted 21 points for the Hornets, who stopped a five-game losing
streak. Devin Brown netted 16 points and Tyson Chandler added 14 points and
nine rebounds.

“It was very important for us to get a win because we had a five-game losing
streak,” Butler said. “We haven’t really been playing well on the road so it
was good for us to come out and get the win.”

New Orleans/Oklahoma City continued to play without star guard Chris Paul
(sprained right ankle) and forwards Peja Stojakovic (lower back) and David
West (right forearm/elbow). Guard Bobby Jackson (cracked ribs) also missed the
contest.

“We had 21 turnovers tonight,” New Orleans/Oklahoma City coach Byron Scott
said. “If we do that again on Friday, we’re going to definitely lose. We need
to be very conscious of taking care of the ball. We felt this was a very
important game for us. Our guys came out a little sluggish, but then we got
into it and did some really good things tonight.”

Josh Childress scored 19 points for the Hawks, who have lost 10 of their last
11 games. Joe Johnson netted 13 points and Shelden Williams added 10 points
and nine boards.

Atlanta’s Speedy Claxton suffered a sore left knee and Zaza Pachulia
sprained his left ankle in the second quarter. Both failed to return. Marvin
Williams also suffered a mildly sprained right ankle.

Both teams notched 23 points in the first quarter, and New Orleans/Oklahoma
City edged to a five-point lead at halftime.

The Hornets added to their lead in the third. They closed the quarter on a
12-2 run, capped by a Brown trey with 1.9 seconds remaining, and led 70-56
heading into the final stanza.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City added five points to its lead in the fourth to
cruise to the easy win, despite playing shorthanded.

The Hornets shot 34-for-65 (52 percent) from the field, compared to just 30-
for-90 (33 percent) by the Hawks.

Game Notes

Paul, who was injured on December 26th, leads the team in scoring (18.4 ppg)
and assists (9.0 apg). Stojakovic is averaging 17.8 points per game and last
played on November 24th, while West (right forearm/elbow) is averaging 17.4
points and 8.3 rebounds, and has not played since November 12th. Jackson has
missed 19 games this season for the Hornets…New Orleans/Oklahoma City and
Atlanta met for the first time this season. These teams have split their last
eight meetings…The Hornets have dropped five of their last seven trips to
Atlanta.

ATL NOH