NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 15th (All times eastern)
New Orleans Hornets (24-16) at Charlotte Bobcats (15-22), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The resurgent New Orleans Hornets aim for their second road win in as many nights when they take on the Charlotte Bobcats in the Queen City.
The Hornets won their third straight overall in thrilling fashion on Friday in south Texas when Chris Paul scored two baskets to spark a 10-3 game-ending run New Orleans used to claim a 110-105 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets.
Paul finished with 11 points, but scored six of them in the extra frame and added eight assists. David West had 29 points and nine rebounds to pace the Hornets, which were coming off another overtime win against Orlando on Wednesday.
Emeka Okafor ended with 17 points and 15 boards to help New Orleans win for the sixth time in eight games overall. Jarrett Jack scored 23 points off the bench and Trevor Ariza ended with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
"Down the stretch we made a ton of big plays," said Hornets head coach Monty Williams. "We dug a big hole with too many turnovers in the third quarter. We made plays and our defense picked up and that was the big difference."
The Bobcats, meanwhile, are coming off a tough loss in Beantown on Friday. Shaquille O'Neal led Boston with 23 points while Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen turned in key performances in that one, helping the Celtics to a 99-94 victory over Charlotte.
Gerald Wallace, playing in just his second game after sitting out nine of the previous 11 because with a left ankle injury, had 20 points to lead the Bobcats, who lost for the first time in five games. D.J. Augustin added 19 points and six assists in the setback.
"We hung in there. Through all of that we were still there, but mentally we've got to come with it a little bit more," Bobcats interim coach Paul Silas said. "It's a mental game. That's what I told those guys; 90 percent of it is mental and we are just not there yet. We just aren't there."
The Hornets, who used to call Charlotte home from 1988 through the 2001-02 season, have won three of the past four meetings in the series, including a 89-73 rout in the Big Easy back on Dec. 1 when Larry Brown was still piloting the Bobcats.
01/15 10:46:34 ET