West scored nine points during a 15-0 run that gave the Hornets a 109-99 lead with 5:24 remaining. “He was rolling,” Hornets star Chris Paul said of West. “When he’s going like that, we are going to feed him the rest of the game. He was hitting all types of shots—floaters in the lane, step-backs, and that’s why he’s an All-Star.”
So is Paul, and he showed why with 32 points, 15 assists, three steals and no turnovers in 44 minutes. Tyson Chandler added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Rasual Butler had 10 points and six rebounds for the Hornets, who shot only 5-of-14 from 3-point range to the Lakers’ 16-of-34, but won anyway.
“I just didn’t think we executed well enough,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “I thought we burned a lot of energy in the third, trying to catch up and stay ahead after getting behind early in the third quarter.”
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Paul drops 32 and 15 on as he leads the Hornets over the Lakers