Chris Paul stole the ball and rocketed the other way, spinning a one-handed floater off the glass as he was fouled, then slapping the padding under the basket with both hands in celebration.
"He's amazing," Hornets forward Peja Stojakovic said. "He does so many things for this ballclub, and he's getting better and better."
Paul had 27 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds and seven steals for his league-leading fifth triple-double of the season, and the New Orleans Hornets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 101-86 on Monday night.
Penetrating adeptly into crowds of defenders inside, Paul hit several tough, off-balance baskets while being fouled, once while falling onto his back in the lane and another time while stumbling away from the hoop after taking a knee to the groin by Sixers center Samuel Dalembert.
It was the second time this season Paul came within a few steals of a quadruple-double, but when asked about that, he could only critique the few times he mishandled the ball or unloaded an errant pass.
"A couple more turnovers and I would have had whatever you call five," Paul said.
Monday, January 26, 2009
It's "Quintuple", Chris.
Posted by Jack at 11:23 AM