Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Hornets Leading Their Division

From the article:


The Hornets improved to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 97-93 victory over Golden State. The Hornets followed their home-opening victory in New Orleans by winning their opener in Oklahoma City to join 4-0 Utah as the NBA's lone unbeatens.

They refuse to get ahead of themselves, either.

"We're still trying to build an identity," Chris Paul said. "It's only four games into a new season. It's still possible for us to finish 4-78. You never know."


Paul had 22 points and 11 assists while running the Hornets' balanced attack. Peja Stojakovic scored 18 points, David West had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Desmond Mason added 12 points. Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

"You can't key on one guy with our team," Paul said. "Some teams have a guy that down the stretch they're going to go to that guy every time. With our team it varies."

The Hornets stayed in the Western Conference playoff race deep into last season, and were expected to contend for a spot this time after acquiring Stojakovic and Chandler over the summer.

"I think every player on the team is getting more confident when we step on the floor that we can get the job done," Mason said. "Even in tight situations we're getting it done. Last year we didn't do that. Last year we kind of fell flat a little bit in those situations down the stretch. We couldn't make plays."


Yep, now that the Hornets are in Oklahoma City, they are doing much better.

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