Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/6

Game 1: Tuesday, December 6th
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Grizzlies89
Game 2: Wednesday, January 18th
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Hornets87
Game 3: Saturday, January 28th
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Grizzlies86
Game 4: Friday, March 31st
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Hornets107

Hornets 95

(21-22, 9-14 away)

Grizzlies 86

(25-18, 14-7 home)

Coverage: COX

7:00 PM ET, January 28, 2006

FedExForum, Memphis, TN

1 2 3 4 T
NO 20 25 22 2895
MEM 25 20 20 2186

Top Performers

NO/Oklahoma City : D. West 19 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Memphis: P. Gasol 25 Pts, 16 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Six Hornets finish in double figures in win over Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- After all of the offcourt distractions of the last two days, the New Orleans Hornets needed something positive.

They got it Saturday night.

David West scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Hornets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 95-86. The win came against a backdrop of Chris Andersen's dismissal from the team Friday and lingering questions about where the Hornets will play next year and in the future.

"With all the adversity we've faced, I told them before the game that you guys have always done a good job of coming together in the face of adversity," Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "That is something we're going to have to do, not just tonight, but the rest of the season."

Andersen was dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for violating the league's drug policy. Several Hornets wore Andersen's trademark headband. Also before the game, Hornets owner George Shinn said the team should play in Oklahoma City next season because New Orleans may not be ready to support the franchise.

West led a fourth-quarter charge as the Hornets connected on 11 of 16 shots in the period to hold off the Grizzlies.

"We knew we had to get aggressive in the second half," West said. "We didn't want to come out in the third quarter and have a letdown.

"... I knew I was going to get the ball in my hands, and I wanted to be the one to get us going by knocking down a few shots."

Speedy Claxton scored 20 points for the Hornets, who placed six players in double figures. P.J. Brown had 18 points and Kirk Snyder and Desmond Mason finished with 10 apiece. Chris Paul scored 13 points despite going 1-for-13 from the field.

Pau Gasol led Memphis with 25 points and 16 rebounds, while Bobby Jackson scored 22 points. Mike Miller added 11 points, but was only 1-of-6 from outside the 3-point arc. Memphis, one of the league's top 3-point shooting teams, hit only 6-of-28 for 21 percent from long range.

"We got happy just taking the threes," Memphis guard Eddie Jones said. "After a tough game (a 95-89 loss at Detroit on Friday), you may not have the leg strength. That was key. We were trying to penetrate and kick. The shots didn't go down. Just don't blame it on shooting. You can never blame a loss on shooting. It's what you do defensively."

The Grizzlies have lost seven of their last nine, and while Gasol was passive during the early part of the streak, his offensive output has improved the last three games. Against the Hornets, it was the Grizzlies' inability to hit from outside and take pressure off the leading scorer.

"We're not playing our offense fluently," Gasol said. "We're getting into our plays a little late, and we're just not getting it done right now."

The Hornets built the lead to 10 early in the fourth. West and Snyder led the way, as New Orleans scored nine straight points as part of a 15-5 run spanning the third and fourth quarters.

New Orleans eventually extended the lead to 11, and Memphis never got closer than seven points down the stretch.

"Some nights we shoot well; some nights we don't," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "We have to come out and play hard and play consistently. ... We have to concentrate on stopping people, doing what it takes to keep us in games, and, hopefully, hit shots down the stretch."

The teams were tied at 45 at the half.

Claxton got untracked in the second quarter, scoring 17 of his 18 first-half points in the period as New Orleans erased an early 10-point lead for the Grizzlies.

In the second half, New Orleans resorted to double-teaming Gasol in the post. With the Grizzlies having trouble from the outside, the strategy was effective. Gasol was left with few shots, some of which came when he resorted to 15- to 18-footers.

Meanwhile, West was successfully working against Gasol for nine straight points late in the stanza.

West's fadeaway 6-footer as the horn sounded to end the third period gave New Orleans a 67-65 lead entering the final quarter.

Game notes


Hornets F/C Jackson Vroman took Andersen's spot in the rotation, playing 16 minutes. He did not score, but had four rebounds. Brandon Bass, who could also benefit from Andersen's departure, did not play. ... Gasol entered the game connecting on 25 straight free throws. After making all four in the first half, he had tied the second-longest streak in franchise history with 29. He missed his first one of the second half. ... West recorded his 10th double-double of the season. ... Claxton's 17 points in the second quarter was the most by a Memphis opponent in a period this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NO
MEM
Points 95 86
FGM-FGA 34-76 (.447) 29-67 (.433)
3PM-3PA 3-7 (.429) 6-28 (.214)
FTM-FTA 24-29 (.828) 22-31 (.710)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-43 5-37
Assists 19 17
Turnovers 9 12
Steals 7 1
Blocks 2 4
Fast Break Points 6 6
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (3/0) 25 (0/0)
Largest Lead 11 10

Top Performers

No/oklahoma City
Memphis
David West West
Points: 19
Reb: 12
Ast: 3
Stl: 2
Blk: 1
Pau Gasol Gasol
Points: 25
Reb: 16
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 1