20 December 2006
Worst. Start. Ever.
The Hornets missed their first fourteen shots at Orlando tonight. Chris Paul sank a jumper with 2:42 left in the first quarter to break that string, but the quarter ended 26-13, nothing to brag about.
Then Something Happened, and I'm not sure what: at the half it was tied at 41. But here's a possible clue: the starters got 19 of those points, and the bench got 22. The Bees even gained in the third, taking a 68-64 lead. Then the Magic remembered that they had the second-best record in the East and put together a 17-3 run, ultimately winning it 86-83.
Upside: Rasual Butler still can shoot he sank all four treys he attempted and wound up with 15 points; Jannero Pargo and Marc Jackson picked up 27 points from off the bench; Chris Paul scored 19; Tyson Chandler got 12 boards.
Downside: That 0-14 run at the beginning, and a 15-point fourth quarter; the Hornets missed four free throws in that quarter, which would have been enough to win.
For Orlando, Grant Hill, 34 years old, scored 21 points to lead everyone. Dwight Howard got a double-double: 16 points, 13 rebounds. I didn't watch the TV broadcast, but judging by the radio report, this one wasn't too pretty.
Two games at the Ford this week: Memphis on Friday, San Antonio on Saturday. The Griz might be beatable; the Spurs, well ....Posted at 8:48 PM to Net Proceeds