It took two overtimes, 42 points from Chris Paul and a last second buzzer beater but the Hornets were finally able to stop their mini losing streak and get themselves back on track. It shouldn’t come as a surprise though because the Hornets are now 3-0 against the Suns with two of those wins coming in Phoenix. They seem to have the Suns number this year.
Chris Paul ended the game with career highs in points (42) and steals (8) but he disappeared in the two overtime periods, scoring only 2 points. Instead it was Peja Stojakovic who turned out to be the hero in this one. He finished with 26 points and the shot the finally ended this game, giving the Hornets a 132-130 victory in overtime.
“A lucky one,” Stojakovic said. “I can’t say I knew it was going in.”
Steve Nash had a big game as well. He ended with 32 points and 12 assists. He also hit a dramatic three to force overtime. How about the guard play.
Korver leads the Jazz past Nuggets
This was another exciting OT game with great guard play. Utah pushed it’s win streak to 10 games after beating Denver 118-115. Kyle Korver was Kyle clutch in this one scoring 27 points including four free throws in the final 19 seconds.
“You win games like this when you are playing well,” Korver said. “Our confidence was high going into the game.”
That sounds about right. Since Korver was traded to the Jazz, they have won 16 of their last 18 including their current 10 game win streak. Deron Williams also added 29 points to lead the Jazz to victory.
The Jazz are playing with a confidence and a swag thats going to make them a very tough team to beat in the playoffs. Just ask their last 10 opponents.
Around the league
- Joe Johnson scored 28 points, including four free throws in the final 23 seconds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers 98-95.
- Dwight Howard had 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Orlando Magic avenged a one-point loss to the New Jersey Nets last month with a 100-84 win.
- Robert Horry got the San Antonio Spurs in gear after a lackluster 2 1/2 quarters Wednesday night as he scored seven of his season-high nine points in the 17-4 spurt that gave his team the lead for good in an 85-77 victory over the slumping Washington Wizards.
- The pitiful Knicks continue to ride the coattails of the Giants, milking every last drop out of the Giants’ playoff run. And yes, the Giants still have more wins in February than Isiah Thomas’ club, which lost to the Pacers 103-100.
- Rajon Rondo scored a career-high 24 points to go with eight assists and five rebounds, coming back from a flagrant foul that knocked him to the floor and bloodied his nose to lead the Boston Celtics to a 111-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
- Rasheed Wallace had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 100-95 win over Miami, a few hours after the Heat traded Shaquille O’Neal.
- Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his first career triple-double, and the Dallas Mavericks stretched their home winning streak to eight games with a 107-96 victory over the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks.
- Brandon Roy scored 28 points and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the short-handed Chicago Bulls 100-97.
- Earl Watson had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double, leading the Seattle SuperSonics to a 105-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
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