Chris Paul Picks Mavs Apart, Again
New Orleans takes 2-0 series lead after 127-103 blowout
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 22, 2008 9:44 PM CDT
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, of Germany, sits on the bench near the end.   (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
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(Newser) – First the brilliant playoff debut, then the encore. Chris Paul had 32 points and a franchise playoff-record 17 assists, leading New Orleans to a 127-103 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night that gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. The old record was 15 assists, set by Muggsy Bogues in 1993.

David West scored 27 points and Peja Stojakovic 22 for New Orleans, which took a double-digit lead in the second quarter, led by as much as 25 in the third and never looked back. Tyson Chandler had his second double-double of the series with 10 points and 11 rebounds, despite playing with foul trouble.