Chris Paul‘s 30 points and 12 assists powered the New Orleans Hornets for a 102-84 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Not many people thought that the Hornets will play in the playoffs, but here they are doing some damage against the veteran Spurs in the second round.
David West, who was instrumental in the game 1 victory struggled tonight. West managed to notch a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds but shot 2-11 from the floor. Peja Stojakovic picked up the slack and drained 5 treys and finished with 25 points. Morris Peterson contributed 12 points while Tyson Chandler added 11 boards and 2 swats.
The Spurs didn’t have an answer for Paul‘s offensive onslaught. The perennial Tim Duncan managed to put up 18 points and 8 rebounds but got little help from his teammates particularly Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Both guards struggled in the game and combined for 9-24 shooting. Ginobili finished with 13 points while Parker had 11. Brent Barry made four 3-pointers and chipped in 14 points. Only four Spurs players finished with double figure scoring and none of them broke the 20 point barrier.
The Hornets will be looking for a steal in the tough home-court of the Spurs when the series heads to Alamodome in San Antonio on May 8.