Paul Shines in Playoff Debut as Hornets Win

Star has 25 points, 10 assists to lead comeback over Dallas
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 20, 2008 12:46 AM CDT
New Orleans Hornets forward David West (30) and Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd (2) reach for a loose ball.    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – So much for playoff experience. Chris Paul had 35 points and 10 assists in his first career playoff game last night, lifting the New Orleans Hornets to a 104-92 come-from-behind victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of their first-round series. David West also  scored 23 points to help New Orleans storm back from a 12-point halftime deficit and win going away.

Dirk Nowitzki had his way with New Orleans early and finished with 31 points, but scored only four during Dallas' fourth-quarter collapse. Josh Howard added 17 points for the Mavericks, a team that hasn't missed the playoffs in eight seasons and was in the finals two years ago. All-Star point guard Jason Kidd finished with 11 points and nine assists.