Hornets buzz into Denver
(Sports Network) – Two teams battling for a playoff berth in the Western
Conference square off tonight, as the Denver Nuggets welcome the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets to the Pepsi Center.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City enters tonight’s contest on a two-game losing
streak and will open a three-game road trip. On Sunday, Mehmet Okur poured in
28 points and pulled down nine rebounds, as the Utah Jazz defeated the
Hornets, 108-94, at the Ford Center.
Tyson Chandler scored a season-high 20 points and added 19 rebounds for the
Hornets, who have dropped three of their last four games overall. Desmond
Mason ended with 17 points and Chris Paul contributed 14 points and handed out
The Hornets are 9-20 on the road this season. They will also visit the Phoenix
Suns and the Utah Jazz on the current swing.
Denver, which wraps up a three-game homestand, will also try to get back on
the winning track. On Friday, All-Star Tracy McGrady scored 28 points and
veteran Dikembe Mutombo grabbed a season-high 22 rebounds, as the Houston
Rockets held off the Nuggets, 108-97, at the Pepsi Center.
Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points in the loss for Denver, which has dropped
five of its last seven games overall. Allen Iverson netted 19 points, while
Steve Blake ended with 14 points and Marcus Camby blocked a season-high tying
Camby (bruised tailbone) is probable for tonight’s game and Anthony (personal)
The Nuggets are 15-16 at home this season. They are scheduled to visit the
Golden State Warriors on Wednesday at ORACLE Arena.
This is the third of four meetings between the clubs this season. The Hornets
won the two previous contests. New Orleans/Oklahoma City is scheduled to host
the Nuggets on April 13th.
The Hornets have won two in a row in Denver.