NBA Game Summary - Seattle at New Orleans
(Wednesday, January 16th)
Final Score: New Orleans 123, Seattle 92
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Peja Stojakovic scored a game-high 23 points, and Tyson Chandler tore down 21 rebounds to go with his 14 points for the New Orleans Hornets, who breezed to a 123-92 victory over the reeling Seattle SuperSonics at New Orleans Arena.
David West scored 19 and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Chris Paul dished out 11 assists to go with his 12 points for the Hornets, winners of three straight and six of their last seven.
Jannero Pargo had 18 points off the bench, and Bobby Jackson contributed 13 from his reserve role. On the night, the New Orleans bench outscored Seattle's, 52-32.
"We are really playing with a lot of confidence right now," Pargo said. "We feel like we should win the games we are supposed to win. We did just that tonight."
Kevin Durant led Seattle with 20 points and seven rebounds, and Earl Watson had 17 and 11 assists for the Sonics, who have now dropped eight straight and 10 of their last 11 overall.
"We weren't ready to play," Sonics coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "We played the second half. If we had played the way we played in the second half, we probably would have won the game. We were lucky to be where we were. We're terrible. Our defense was a disgrace. We ran the wrong plays. I don't know where we were."
New Orleans jumped out to an early 15-6 advantage, and led 30-18 at the end of the first quarter.
Kurt Thomas' basket with just under 10 minutes to go in the half brought the Sonics within eight, but the Hornets used a 15-5 run to take a 47-29 edge midway through the second quarter.
Paul's jumper stretched the lead to 21 with 35 seconds left before the break, and it was a 65-46 Hornets lead at the half.
Seattle made it competitive again by scoring 15 of the first 19 points in the second quarter to pull within eight, at 69-61, but Paul keyed a 9-1 Hornets spurt to close the period and make it a 95-75 game.
The final stanza was purely academic, as New Orleans quickly put the game out of reach and stretched its lead to as many as 32 in the waning minutes.
New Orleans hit 12-of-22 three-point attempts, led by Stojakovic's 4-for-6 effort...The Hornets hit 51.6 percent from the floor on the night, while Seattle made 43 percent of its shots...Thomas finished with 12 points and five rebounds, and Wally Szczerbiak had 14 off the bench for the Sonics.
01/17 00:51:51 ET