Toronto at New Orleans
Chris Paul has been disappointed with the Hornets hesitant start of the season. Even after winning a difficult game last time out, he knows the team still has plenty of work to do.
Paul and the Hornets look for further improvements on the defensive end tonight when they host the Toronto Raptors.
The New Orleans Hornets hope to build on a thrilling overtime win when they welcome the Toronto Raptors to the Big Easy on Friday.
Chris Paul poured in a game-high 39 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds on Wednesday, as the Hornets took down the Dallas Mavericks, 114-107, in OT at New Orleans Arena.
David West added 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who snapped a brief two-game skid. Bobby Brown ended with 18 points off the bench, and Emeka Okafor finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the victors.
“We wanted this one, especially at home. We wanted to make sure we gave it all we could. We were able to wear them down in the fourth quarter and get some bounces to go our way,” West said after the win.
The Hornets will be dealing with a serious off-court issue, however. Team owner George Shinn announced Friday that he has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
In a release, Shinn said despite the diagnosis, he remains healthy, optimistic and committed to maintain his regular schedule.
“My wife, Denise, and I remain strong in our faith and will maintain a positive attitude as I battle this with intense fervor and drive,” Shinn said. “This is not the first obstacle that I have had to overcome in life, but it will be another one that will be conquered. Those closest to me understand my commitment to God and belief in the power of prayer, so all that I ask is for people to add me to their prayers.
“I’m proud of the fact that I will be joining the ranks of cancer survivors around the world who exemplify the greatest strength and resilience. I am consulting with the finest doctors and they are also optimistic that this will be another example of overcoming the struggles that life can throw your way.”
Shinn has been the owner of the Hornets since their inaugural season of 1988-89, when they were located in Charlotte. He then moved the franchise to New Orleans, beginning with the 2002-03 season.
Toronto, meanwhile, is coming off its own impressive performance on Wednesday as Chris Bosh scored a team-high 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Raptors earned a 110-99 win over the Detroit Pistons at Air Canada Centre.
Andrea Bargnani turned in a solid performance with 22 points and a game-best 12 boards for the Raptors, who recovered after dropping a 125-116 decision to Orlando on Monday. Toronto has split its first four games of the young season. Hedo Turkoglu added 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The Raptors, who will be playing seven of their next eight games away from home, have lost three straight to the Hornets.
I see Raptors playing with great pace first half of the game and Hornets catching up in the end . A close one , so the NBA free tip for Toronto at New Orleans is :
NBA 1st Halfs, Basketball
Toronto Raptors 6-November-2009 5:05 PM PST
Spread +2.5 for 1st Half @ 1.909 only at Pinnacle