Hornets 109, Wizards 98
Chris Paul has six triple-doubles this season and two of them have come against the Wizards.
Tonight's 30-point, 13-assist, 10-rebound effort was as good as it gets and proof of why the guy is my single favorite player to watch in the league. He's simply dominant without appearing to have to play at full speed.
New Orleans shot 52.6 percent and Rasual Butler made six three-pointers and Paul was the driving force behind both. At different points, the Wizards used Dominic McGuire, Mike James, Juan Dixon and Javaris Crittenton on Paul but once the little guy got rolling it was a wrap.
The Hornets came out flat and the Wizards took advantage by building 12-point leads in the first and second quarters but once Paul got aggressive, the Hornets took over.
"He is great, what else is there to say," Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "He took over at the offensive end and was a little more aggressive when it came to looking for his own shot."
As usual, the third quarter killed the Wizards. The Hornets held a 40-22 scoring edge in the period and used a 9-0 run to break the game open.
"We threw just about everything we had at Chris Paul to give us a reasonable chancce to disrupt him," interim coach Ed Tapscott said. "The amazing thing about him is his patience. He goes to a spot and has a complete comfort and patience in that spot. He may have three or four guys around him, but he's go the ball on a string and he waits for you to make a move and then he counters."
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