Paul Leads Hornets Past Wolves

New Orleans hands Minnesota sixth straight loss
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2008 10:51 PM CDT
Minnesota Timberwolves' Craig Smith, left, and New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul scramble for a loose ball during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 9, 2008, in Minneapolis.   (AP Photo/A.J. Olmscheid)
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(Newser) – Chris Paul had 19 points and 16 assists, and the New Orleans Hornets bounced back to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-90 Wednesday night. Peja Stojakovic scored 24 points and David West had 22 for the Hornets, who scored just 66 points in a loss to Utah on Tuesday. Rashad McCants had 23 for the Timberwolves, who have lost six straight.

Randy Foye scored 20 points for Minnesota, but just four of those came in the final three quarters. The win gave the Hornets a franchise-best 55 wins, beating the record set in 1996-97. New Orleans took the opener of a crucial three-game road trip and remained atop the Western Conference. Five of Paul's assists came on alley-oops to Tyson Chandler.