NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Golden State
(Wednesday, January 27th)
Final Score: New Orleans 123, Golden State 110
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Paul scored 38 points and added nine assists and six rebounds, leading the New Orleans Hornets to a 123-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.
Paul went 14-of-19 from the field for the Hornets, who have won four of five and finished a four-game road trip 3-1. Marcus Thornton added 18 points, while Emeka Okafor had 12 with 12 rebounds in the win.
"This was a big (road) trip for us," Paul said. "Coming into this trip, we said 'Let's get the first one,' then it's like 'Let's get the second one.' We went into some tough venues. We wish we could have gotten four (wins) on this trip, but everyone knows the road has been our Achilles' heel. That's why our record is what it is. So it's good to establish ourselves on the road."
Peja Stojakovic contributed 14 points, and David West had 17 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, which shot 52.3 percent and went 27-of-29 from the free throw line.
C.J. Watson had a season-high 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting for the Warriors, who have lost three straight and seven of nine. Monta Ellis returned from a two-game absence (ankle) and had 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and Stephen Curry had 15 points and eight assists in a losing effort.
"We had no answer for Chris Paul. The guy is unbelievable," said Warriors head coach Don Nelson. "I don't know what to say -- he's an incredible player. We lick our wounds, get a little practice tomorrow and get ready to play Charlotte."
Golden State jumped out to an 11-0 lead right away, but the Hornets later answered with 11 straight points to take a 16-13 lead. The rest of the opening quarter remained tight, and New Orleans held a 33-30 edge after 12 minutes.
Paul converted a three-point play early in the second for a 40-32 advantage, but Ronny Turiaf's free throw with 4 1/2 minutes left put Golden State in front, 47-45.
The game was later tied, 53-53, before New Orleans closed the half on a 9-2 run. Another three-point play from Paul gave the visitors a 62-55 advantage at halftime.
The Hornets extended their lead in the third, as a West basket made it 76-65 with a little more than seven minutes on the clock. Paul later capped an 8-0 burst for an 84-67 advantage, and New Orleans took an insurmountable 96-75 into the fourth.
The Warriors signed forward Anthony Tolliver to a second 10-day contract Thursday, and he finished with 11 points...Paul finished one point shy of his season-high...The Hornets lead the season series, 2-0...New Orleans improved to 9-16 on the road, while the Warriors dropped to 9-12 at home...Paul tied a career-high with seven turnovers.
01/28 02:12:47 ET