NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Sacramento
(Monday, February 23rd)
Final Score: New Orleans 112, Sacramento 105
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Paul scored 27 points and dished out 13 assists, and New Orleans welcomed center Tyson Chandler back to the lineup with a 112-105 win over the Sacramento Kings.
Chandler, who had been sidelined the last 16 games with a sprained ankle, had 15 points and 10 rebounds. He was traded last week to Oklahoma City, but failed the physical, necessitating his return to the Hornets.
"It is something that doesn't happen every day. But we got our big fella back," said Paul. "He is a guy that knows the system and we know what to expect from him night in and night out. We welcome him back with open arms."
David West had 24 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks for the Hornets, who snapped a two-game skid. Peja Stojakovic scored 18 and pulled down eight boards against his former team.
Kevin Martin scored 24 of his game-high 32 points in the final quarter, but the Kings lost for the eighth time in nine games. The 24 points were an ARCO Arena record for most in a single quarter.
"They had to start falling sometime," said Martin. "We hung in there and got it together in the fourth, but too bad it just didn't come earlier."
Spencer Hawes had 13 points and tied a career-high with 14 rebounds for the Kings.
Early in the fourth, back-to-back three-pointers by Andres Nocioni and Martin had the Kings within 84-83, capping 11 straight points for the home team.
Chandler then scored off an assist from Paul, who then canned a jumper for a five-point margin.
A three-point play by Martin had the difference at 88-86, but Chandler jammed off an assist from Paul and added another bucket.
Martin's three-pointer had the Kings within 106-102 with just over two minutes remaining, but Paul knifed his way into the lane for a basket and then West came up with a pair of blocks on three-point tries by Nocioni.
Paul's two foul shots with 34.7 seconds left made it 110-102, essentially sealing the victory.
The Hornets held a 29-24 lead after the opening quarter and stretched that margin to 41-29 following a Stojakovic three-ball. It was 61-47 at the half and 84-74 moving to the fourth.
Nocioni had 19 points and Francisco Garcia 17 for Sacramento...James Posey had 13 points and Rasual Butler 12 for New Orleans...The Hornets won in Sacramento for just the second time in the last 15 encounters.
02/24 02:27:18 ET