Tuesday , Mar , 13 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets hope to halt losing streak vs. Nets

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets try and stop a
five-game losing streak tonight when they welcome the New Jersey Nets to the
Ford Center.

The Hornets, who are 1 1/2 games off the eighth and final playoff spot in
the West, suffered a 96-86 setback to the Utah Jazz on Saturday at
EnergySolutions Arena.

Jannero Pargo poured in 15 points and David West added 13 with 10 rebounds for
the Hornets. Chris Paul donated 12 points with 11 assists, while Tyson
Chandler also netted 12 points in defeat.

In injury news for New Orleans/Oklahoma City, forward Desmond Mason (knee) is
probable for Tuesday’s game against New Jersey.

The Nets, meanwhile, will wrap up a six-game road trip tonight and are 1-4 so
far on the trek. They ended a five-game losing streak with Monday’s 113-102
win over the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum, as Vince Carter scored 30 points
and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the way.

Mikki Moore added 24 points for the Nets, who pulled within a half game of the
New York Knicks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Richard
Jefferson tallied 18 points in the winning effort.

New Jersey is 12-20 away from Continental Airlines Arena this season. On the
injury front for the Nets, forward Clifford Robinson (knee) and guard Antoine
Wright (elbow) are both questionable against the Hornets.

Tuesday’s showdown between the Nets and Hornets is the second and final
meeting of the regular season. New Orleans/Oklahoma City won the first meeting
by a 111-107 score on February 21 at Continental Airlines Arena, ending a six-
game losing streak in the series.

New Jersey has won eight of 12 and 11 of the last 16 meetings. It has also won
three straight and four of its last five at the Hornets.