Paul, Hornets Rally to Sting Bulls in Fourth

New Orleans, sans David West, keeps pace with Houston
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2008 2:00 AM CDT
New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul (3) runs off the court after his team defeated the Chicago Bulls 108-97 during an NBA game in New Orleans on Monday, March 17, 2008. The Hornets won 108-97.    (AP Photo/Sean Gardner)
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(Newser) – Chris Paul showed why he is the franchise in New Orleans last night, with 37 points and numerous big plays, as the Hornets ended the game on a 24-4 run and defeated the Bulls in comeback fashion, 108-97. It was the second straight fourth-quarter collapse for Chicago, which blew an 18-point lead Friday at home against Philly, reports the Chicago Tribune.

"The game got physical and we weren't able to take care of the basketball," said Bulls coach Jim Boylan. Ben Gordon led Chicago with 31 points. For the Hornets, the win was important in order to keep pace in the Western Conference, where they stand second behind high-flying Houston. Peja Stojakovic and Bonzi Wells combined for 40 for New Orleans.