Hornets.com postgame: Hornets 99, Clippers 87

Monday, November 24, 2008
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

Chris Paul notched his second straight triple-double, the sixth of his career. David West backed up his huge offensive performance Saturday vs. Oklahoma City with another outstanding outing. Meanwhile, Tyson Chandler was just a few hours from witnessing the birth of his second child after an 11-point, seven-rebound game.

The Hornets (8-5) would love to see their entire three-game trek out West be as positive and productive as the trip's first stop, in the City of Angels.

New Orleans, which won its third straight game, will visit Denver on Thanksgiving (TNT, 9:30 p.m.) followed by a Friday game at Portland (Hornets Radio Network, 9 p.m.).

The Hornets broke it open in the second half, outscoring the Clippers by a 50-41 margin. New Orleans led just 49-46 at intermission but grabbed a double-digit lead in the third period. The Hornets' second unit played the first five-plus minutes of the fourth quarter and kept the Clippers at arm's length.

"That's what we're going to need from the (bench)," said Chandler, who is expecting a son early Tuesday morning.

"I was just trying to stay focused," Chandler continued, discussing his outlook on the eve of becoming a dad a second time. "But obviously my mind is elsewhere with my little boy coming tomorrow."

Paul registered 14 points, 10 rebounds and 17 assists, sealing his triple-double by grabbing a defensive board with about a minute remaining. West poured in 27 points on 12-for-21 shooting.

Other news from Monday's 12-point win:

The reserves' inconsistency has led to Byron Scott quickly putting the starters back on the floor in the fourth quarter whenever opponents have gone on mini-runs. But on Monday, Scott allowed a group of Rasual Butler, Devin Brown, James Posey, Hilton Armstrong and Julian Wright to remain on the floor during the early portion of the fourth period, when the Clippers tried to make a run to get back into the game.

"Our second unit was good in the second half," Scott said. "Our bench is getting better and better. They're getting more comfortable. They just have to have that continuity and play within themselves."

Brown and Wright each scored six points in the second half to help spark the bench unit. Wright tallied six of his eight points in the fourth quarter, drilling a pair of deep jumpers.

Byron Scott

On the play of Chris Paul and David West: “They are playing unbelievable basketball and we are going to need them to keep playing that way."

Chris Paul
On playing with Peja Stojakovic:
“Peja is the guy who opens it up for all of us. When he gets going and knocks down shots it helps everyone else get going.”

On playing Denver next game:

“Hopefully we can feed off of this energy and make sure that it is not just a fluke. We need to try and go into Thanksgiving and come out of there with a win.”

Mike Dunleavy

“I thought there were a lot of good things in the game for us tonight. We had some good ball movement and I thought through stretches of the game, our energy was really strong and our guys stayed in it. The problem was they have two All-Stars. We had a hard time keeping Chris Paul out of the paint and a hard time keeping David West from making shots.”