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END OF SEASON AWARDS
By: Bob Licht, @hortonhomers
April 29, 2011






PLAY OF THE YEAR
MEKS MIRACLE 3-24-11 @ UTAH
Final play of regulation, Hornets down by 2 points, Aaron Grays inbounds length-of-the-court football pass is tipped by Chris Paul to Emeka Okaforwho launches the most improbable shot in franchise historya 20-foot fallaway banker that goes in at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Hornets go on to beat the Jazz in the extra period. Without the win, the Hornets finish 8th in the Westdont play the Lakers in the playoffs and the course of history is changed.







DYNAMIC DUNK OF THE YEAR
GOING GREEN 3-30-11 vs PORTLAND
Willie Green, in a game where he broke a franchise record with 12 consecutive made field goals, apparently was also channeling Michael Jordan when he elevated in the lane chasing down a missed shot and in one motion cocked and slammed in a rebound dunk. It became ESPNs Play of the Day. Oh, and the Hornets also won the game as Green scored a season high 31 points.








CLUTCH SHOT OF THE YEAR
WESTS WAY 12-10-10 vs Oklahoma City
Game tied, seconds remaining on the clock, David West has the ball in his hands and measures the defender. He eyes the clock and as it winds down to its final ticksBOTTOM! Wests fallaway seals the victory over the Thunder at the Hive.










JAW DROPPING PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
CHRIS PAUL 4/24/11 GAME 4, 1ST ROUND PLAYOFFS VS LAL
27 PTS | 13 REB | 15 AST | 2 STL | 11-11 FT
Not only was this one of the top three playoff performances of ALL TIME but it came with the Hornets in desperate need of a victory to tie the best-of-seven playoff series up at 2-2. Paul danced around perimeter defenders, big men, and trapping defensive schemes. He overcame an elbow to the eye during a jump ball with Ron Artest. He was already playing with a sore left thumb, an injury suffered in Game 3. CPs epic performance has been matched by only one other NBA player in the post season Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson. Paul controlled the tempo of the game and put the two-time defending champs into a full-fledged red alert as they headed home for Game 5.




QUOTE OF THE YEAR
MONTY WILLIAMS 4-11-11 VS UTAH
If anyones to blame its me for only playing him 28 minutes. I could have put him in the game in the Fourth just to let him score, but I wasnt going to do that. Even the great ones have an off night. I know this, I wouldnt want to play him tonight.

The Hornets head coach taking the blame for Chris Pauls first-ever scoreless NBA game (@ Memphis on 4-10). On Williams cue Paul followed up the next night by hitting his first shot and leading the Hornets in scoring with 15 points.







BEST PERFORMANCE BY A ROOKIE
Q-PON CUTS OUT HAWKS 1-21-11 @ ATLANTA
Hornets rookie Quincy Pondexter makes his first NBA start for the injured Trevor Ariza and promptly hits the first shot of the game, makes a steal, hits a second shot, and assists on another basket. All in the opening two minutes of what turned into the largest road blowout win in franchise history.










BEST CROSSOVER
PAUL FLOORS PARKER 11-28-10 VS SAN ANTONIO
Chris Pauls incredible Chris crossover dribble versus Tony Parker sends the Spurs point guard to the floor.











BEST PREDICTION OF THE SEASON
MONTY WILLIAMS TRAINING CAMP, 2010
Montys mantra from Day One was that he and Dell Demps were changing the culture around the Hornets by doing things the right way, not disrespecting the game of basketball, winning with defense, playing as a team, and having a blue collar work ethic. All of those principles led to 46 wins, a playoff berth, and a solid foundation for the future.










BEST EFFORT TO MAKE MY EARS HURT
HORNETS FANS 4-24-11 Game 4, 1st Round Playoffs
18,083 fans packed the Hive to witness Game 4 of the best-of-seven first round playoff series between the Hornets and Lakers. It was the 11th of 12 sellouts in New Orleans this season and undoubtedly the loudest the New Orleans Arena has ever sounded. I have been urging fans all season long to make my ears hurt during our CST broadcasts. This game did it. They registered on the Richter Scale on this Sunday night, and witnessed one of the greatest performances ever when Chris Paul posted his second career post season triple double.







MOST INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEW
CHRIS PAUL ON CST 3-25-11 @ Phoenix
Paul records 22 point/7 assists in 37 minutes in the second game of a back to back. After leading the Hornets to an emotional victory the Hornets co-captain spoke with CSTs Victor Howell about how emotional the game was for the Hornets after learning earlier in the day about David Wests torn ACL. It was the longest day ever. Some people in life are closer than family. Hes the only guy Ive been with since a rookie. Thats my guy. He looked out for me.







BEST TWEET OF THE SEASON
@jenniferdela 1-23-11 In response to Hornets Jan. win streak
@hortonhomers Im so excited about the past week of games, I purchased season tickets for the rest of the year!!

WORST TWEET IDEA OF THE SEASON
@hortonhomers 2-23-11 Deciding to grade Blake Griffins dunks vs N.O.
Hornets Hornets leading 48-42 in the 3rd. On a completely unrelated note: @hortonhomers is grading Blakes dunks tonight. So far, nothing but 2s





MOST HONEST TWEET BY A PLAYER
CHRIS PAUL 3-25-11 Reacting to David Wests MRI indicating a torn ACL
been the longest day everwe lost my brother (DWest)












SI COVER JINX OF THE SEASON
CHRIS PAUL 4-26-11
Sports Illustrated put CP on its cover prior to Game 5. Hornets never won another game in the series.













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