Hornets sting Wizards
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Desmond Mason scored 22 points and
grabbed eight rebounds, as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets outlasted
the Washington Wizards, 104-97.
Rasual Butler scored 20 points for the Hornets, who had lost five of six
coming into the game. Devin Brown scored 19 and doled out nine assists,
and Jannero Pargo scored 19 points as well for the Hornets. Tyson Chandler
netted 10 points and grabbed 11 boards, while Marc Jackson added 11 points.
Gilbert Arenas led the Wizards with a game-high 23 points, although Arenas
only hit 5-of-19 from the field on the night. DeShawn Stevenson scored 22
points on 9-of-12 shooting for Washington, which had won three of four prior
to the loss.
Caron Butler scored 18 points and pulled down nine boards for Washington, and
Antawn Jamison scored 14 points.
Arenas hit a three-pointer with 3:11 left to pull Washington to within 91-90,
and it appeared as if the back-and-forth game was headed for a tight finish.
Mason answered on the other end, though, hitting a leaner and drawing a foul,
converting the three-point play to put the Hornets up 94-90 with 2:49 left.
Washington was able to stop the Hornets on their next two possessions, but
back-to-back charges by Arenas and Stevenson squandered the Wizards chances to
bridge the four-point deficit, and layups from Pargo and Butler put the
Hornets ahead 98-90 with 40.3 seconds remaining.
Stevenson did manage to hit a three from the corner to cut the deficit to
98-95 with 29.2 ticks left, but Pargo quickly broke the Washington press,
finding an uncovered Linton Johnson for a dunk that put the Hornets up 100-95
with 23.7 seconds left.
The Hornets were able to hit their free throws in the final seconds to seal
Washington trailed 76-73 entering the final quarter.
Arenas and Stevenson scored eight points apiece in the first quarter, and the
Wizards took a 32-24 lead after the first 12 minutes of play.
A Stevenson three at the buzzer tied the game 51-51 at the half.
This was the first time in 19 games that the Wizards failed to score 100
points…The Hornets have won 10 straight at home over Washington.