The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

16 March 2007

New York's a lonely town

Certainly the Hornets had trouble getting acquainted with Madison Square Garden's baskets: after 12 minutes, the Bees were shooting an appalling 18 percent and the Knicks were up 29-15. Things improved in the second quarter, with Rasual Butler knocking down eight points in a couple minutes with only three shots, and the Bees trailed by six at the half. Both sides enjoyed, if that's the word, a Third-Quarter Drought™; with a couple of minutes left, the Hornets actually got the lead. With 14 seconds left, it was Hornets 92, Knicks 90, and New York got four last shots — yet somehow missed them all.

The Knicks still outshot the Hornets, 48 percent to 43, and had fewer turnovers (12 versus 16). But the Bees owned the boards, and it was second-chance points that made the difference.

Well, that and Rasual Butler, who made five treys in five tries, leading the bench with 17 points. There was a double-double — from David West, who scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Chris Paul, despite some niggling physical problems, dropped in 20 and managed 8 assists.

Steve Francis led all scorers with 21, and served up 10 assists. Channing Frye was good for 20; Eddy Curry got 18. Isiah Thomas played only nine men, and the New York bench scored 21 points. (The Hornets' second unit picked up 31.)

Possibly pertinent quote: "Fear is the darkroom where the devil develops his negatives," said Gerry V. Perhaps finally winning a game halfway through the month will give these guys some confidence tomorrow night against the Wizards.

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