Paul's Triple-Double Lifts Hornets

MVP chants heard as New Orleans sets franchise wins record
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2008 7:56 PM CDT
New Orleans Hornets guards Bonzi Wells, left, and Morris Peterson, right rear, congratulate teammate Chris Paul as he leaves the game during the final minutes in New Orleans, Sunday, April 6, 2008.   (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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(Newser) – Chris Paul had 16 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets tied a franchise record for single-season victories with 54 in a 108-96 defeat of the Golden State Warriors. It was the fourth career triple double for Paul, who inspired chants of M-V-P from a sellout crowd that watched the Hornets win their 11th straight home game.

Monta Ellis scored 35 points to keep the Warriors in the game late into the final period. Peja Stojakovic and David West each scored 25 points, helping New Orleans close the game on an 18-6 run after Golden State had rallied to tie the game at 90. The Hornets remain atop the Western Conference standings with six games remaining.