25 February 2006
On second thought, don't; in that game, the Hornets led for three quarters and fell to the Jazz in the fourth. And it almost happened again tonight, but the Bees held on and dropped four clutch free throws in the waning seconds to win it, 100-95.
David West was back, and delivered 20 points and 8 rebounds; Chris Paul picked up 23 points and served up 8 assists. And the two new guys not only got minutes, they got results: backup center Marc Jackson scored 4 points and snagged 4 boards, and third-string forward Linton Johnson, pressed into service when Desmond Mason didn't start and Rasual Butler got into foul trouble, turned in his best performance ever, with 17 points (two treys) and 11 rebounds.
At least there was actual scoring tonight: both teams shot fairly well from the floor, though the Jazz blew 12 free throws. Mehmet Okur led all scorers, pulling down 26 points.
The West Coast trip continues tomorrow at Portland, then to Seattle on Tuesday. The Bees are now 30-25 and back in the #6 playoff slot.Posted at 10:38 PM to Net Proceeds