Monday, April 21, 2008

Paul Lifts Hornets over Mavs for Game 1 Win


NEW ORLEANS, April 19 (AP) -- The jitters that come with an NBA playoff debut prevented Chris Paul from taking his typical afternoon nap before playing the Dallas Mavericks.

Unfortunately for the Mavs, Paul was the same player he's been all season when the Hornets needed him most, and the same "M-V-P!'' chants that rained down from the New Orleans Arena stands during numerous recent triumphs made a thunderous postseason return.

Paul had 35 points, 10 assists and four steals in his first playoff game Saturday night, lifting the New Orleans Hornets to a 104-92 come-from-behind victory over Dallas in Game 1 of their first-round series.