Wednesday, November 02, 2005

HORNETS AND KINGS

The Hornets should now be happy to wear those "OKC" patches for a while. J.R. Smith scored 19 points and had two exhilarating dunks as New Orleans defeated the Sacramento Kings 93-67 on the NBA's opening night, which also marked the first of 35 Hornets "home" games in Oklahoma City. The festivity began with a street party outside the Ford Center. It became even livelier inside the sold-out arena as the Hornets, beat a Kings team expected to contend. P.J. Brown scored eight points during a 16-2 run midway through the second quarter that gave the Hornets a 38-27 lead. Brown finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Claxton added 17 and Chris Paul, the team's No. 1 pick in this year's draft, added 13. The Hornets which was the lowest scoring team in the league last season, built its lead to 20 points in the third quarter. Thanks to Smith’s energetic performance that revitalized the crowd. He had seven points during a 12-0 run that put the Hornets up 58-38. A street party before the game offered fans the chance to take part in interactive games, get their face painted in Hornets colors and listen to live bands. Desmond Mason, a former Oklahoma State star, and Paul received the greatest reverence and loudest ovation during introductions. The fans kept on applauding for the team and didn't sit down until Brown scored inside for the Hornets' first basket.

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Blogger basket-talk said...

I hope the Hornets do well this season. They are in a much more stable situation than the Saints are because they have had pre-season time to get acclimated to Oklahoma City.

But as a Hawks fan, this is kind of scary because if the Hornets move back to New Orleans, then Oklahoma City becomes a city where a team can move. And considering the fan support the Hawks get, they might move somewhere else.

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