Saturday, February 28, 2009

CP3 tallies season high 20 assists as Hornets squeak by the Bucks

Yahoo! Sports:

Chris Paul had a season-high 20 assists, and West scored 28 points to lead the Hornets, who won their third straight.

“I won’t even talk about the first 30 minutes because right now the taste in my mouth is the last seven or eight,” Hornets coach Byron Scott said. “My first words were my initials, and that’s not good. We were looking at the scoreboard and hoping it would just run out.”

“The thing that has been bothering us the last two or three weeks is our rebounding,” Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles said. “The last play of the game, we just looked at it, they kind of shoved us right under the basket and were able to tip the ball in.”

The Hornets were in control through three quarters. Paul, who finished one shy of his career best of 21 assists, tied his season high of 17 with a behind-the-back pass to Sean Marks for a dunk with 2:23 left in the third quarter. Paul added two more assists before the start of the fourth, finding Peja Stojakovic for a 3-pointer and feeding Rasual Butler for a dunk on consecutive possessions to give the Hornets a 75-57 lead.

Everything almost fell apart at the end of the fourth.

“A win is a win, but we know better,” Paul said. “We’ve got to learn to close out games.”

New Orleans took control in the first quarter when West shot 6-for-7 and Paul had nine assists.