NBA Game Summary - Seattle at New Orleans/Oklahoma City
(Friday, February 23rd)
Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 98, Seattle 97
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - David West posted 23 points and 11 rebounds, as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets made it five home wins in a row and to the eighth spot in the Western Conference with a 98-97 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics at the New Orleans Arena.
Bobby Jackson scored 17 points for the Hornets, who haven't dropped a game as the host since an 89-78 letdown to the Philadelphia 76ers on January 31. The club stands a solid 18-11 at home this year.
New Orleans also played for the fifth time this year in New Orleans and is 3-2 at the New Orleans Arena. The club will play its final game there this season on March 23 against the Lakers.
Tyson Chandler posted 15 points and 19 boards for the Hornets, who have won six of their last eight overall. Chris Paul notched 13 points and eight assists, and Desmond Mason added 10 points.
"I believe the game tonight showed this team's character," Chandler said. "When things are not going your way offensively, you have to create other opportunities for yourself."
Ray Allen netted 32 points for the Sonics, who had a season-high tying three- game winning streak snapped. Rashard Lewis had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Sonics, who have been dismal on the road this year, losing 16 of their last 18, and are just 6-20 on the season. Earl Watson also had 18 points, and Nick Collison chipped in 11 boards in the loss.
Trailing 91-83 midway through the fourth, Seattle went on an 11-4 run capped by an Allen finger roll to make it a one-point game.
Paul's jumper from the right elbow with 38 seconds left gave the Hornets a 98-94 lead, but Lewis drilled a trey with 29.6 seconds remaining to make it a one-point game again.
After the Hornets failed to convert on the other end, Allen cut around the left wing and got off a leaning jumper at the buzzer that missed, as the Hornets escaped with the win.
"We got a good shot to win the game by one of the best shooters in the league," Seattle coach Bob Hill said. "It just went in and out. If it goes in we win."
After Seattle took an early eight-point lead, the Hornets went on a 13-0 run down the first-quarter stretch, finished by a Jackson layup with 2:17 remaining, and led 29-25 heading into the second.
Seattle got going midway through the second. The Sonics went on a 16-5 run sparked by a Watson jumper with 7:47 left to tie the score at 43 heading down the stretch. The Hornets reclaimed control for a 51-48 halftime advantage.
The Sonics, though, came out of the locker room on a burst. After a Chandler hook shot 17 seconds into the second half, Seattle rattled off the next 11 points for a 59-53 lead with 8:09 remaining.
The Hornets quickly regained control by going on a 9-0 spurt capped by a Mason alley oop with 3:08 to go, but the teams battled back and forth down the stretch for a 79-79 tie heading into the fourth.
The SuperSonics had already beaten the Hornets twice this season, although both of those wins came in Seattle. The Sonics have won eight of their last 12 against the Hornets, but have lost five of their last seven as the visitor...The teams will conclude their four-game series on April 4 in Oklahoma City.
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