Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hornets drop 127 on confused Mavs

New Orleans 127, Dallas 103

NEW ORLEANS, April 22 (AP) -- Still trying to relive their glory days, when, as Dirk described it, "We defeated the one of the greatest teams in NBA history, the Suns without Amare," the Mavs were caught unprepared for Chris Paul's encore.

Dirk Nowitzki skipped out to the perimeter, joining Jason Kidd as they attempted to trap Chris Paul.

Paul promptly let them know they were in for long night, knifing into the lane on the dribble and dropping in a pretty floater.

As brilliant as Paul was in his playoff debut last weekend, this was better.

Paul had 32 points and a franchise playoff-record 17 assists, leading New Orleans to a 127-103 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night that gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

David West scored 27 points and Peja Stojakovic 22 for New Orleans, which took a double-digit lead in the second quarter, led by as much as 25 in the third and never looked back.