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Golden State at New Orleans

Paul's double-double helps Hornets to franchise-best start

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- One home opener after another, the New Orleans Hornets have built the best start in franchise history.

Two nights after winning their New Orleans opener, the Hornets won their first game in Oklahoma City, beating the Golden State Warriors 97-93 on Tuesday night behind 22 points and 11 assists from Chris Paul.

After also spoiling the home openers for Boston and Indiana, the Hornets are 4-0 for the first time since being created as an expansion franchise before the 1988-89 season. Previously, their most wins to start a season was three in 2003-04.

"We're still trying to build an identity," Paul said. "It's only four games into a new season. It's still possible for us to finish 4-78. You never know."

After the Warriors had rallied from a 15-point deficit to go up by three, Peja Stojakovic made a pair of free throws and then scored while being fouled on a pass from Paul to put the Hornets up 92-90 with 1:35 left.

Former Hornets first-round draft pick Baron Davis had two shots to give the Warriors the lead, but both of his 3-pointers from the left wing were off target.

Desmond Mason then stole Monta Ellis' lob pass, and Paul made one of two free throws to give the Hornets a three-point lead with 11.3 seconds remaining. Anthony Roberson's 3-pointer on Golden State's ensuing possession was an airball, and David West hit two free throws to stretch New Orleans' edge to five.

Davis then connected on a 3-pointer, and Stojakovic -- who was on the short end of the Hornets' 93-67 win in their Oklahoma City opener last season -- sealed the victory with two more foul shots.

"You can't key on one guy with our team," Paul said. "Some teams have a guy that down the stretch they're going to go to that guy every time. With our team it varies."

All five Hornets starters scored in double figures.

Stojakovic scored 18 points, West had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Mason added 12 points. Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 14 rebounds as the Hornets dominated the offensive glass, piling up 21 rebounds of their own missed shots.

"One of the things we told our guys is just don't let these guys outwork you, don't let them be more scrappy than we are," Hornets coach Byron Scott said.

After Philadelphia's loss Tuesday night, the Hornets and Utah Jazz -- both 4-0 -- are the NBA's only remaining undefeated teams.

"I think every player on the team is getting more confident when we step on the floor that we can get the job done," Mason said. "Even in tight situations we're getting it done. Last year we didn't do that. Last year we kind of fell flat a little bit in those situations down the stretch. We couldn't make plays."

Stojakovic had three baskets -- a jumper and two 3-pointers -- all set up by Paul as New Orleans opened a 20-11 lead with an early 16-4 run. The Hornets led 52-43 at halftime on the strength of 14 offensive rebounds that led to 19 second-chance points.

New Orleans then scored the first six points after halftime to take its largest lead at 58-43, but Golden State came back with a 17-4 run to pull within two.

The Warriors took an 86-85 lead on Roberson's 3-pointer with 4:37 left, and they were up 90-87 on Davis' two-handed jam on a fast break.

"We just missed every shot that we had and seemed to be reluctant after we missed them," Warriors coach Don Nelson said.

Davis finished with 22 points to lead Golden State, Ellis scored 17 and Roberson scored a career-high 15.

Notes

  • The Hornets wore Oklahoma City jerseys to celebrate the city's home opener. The only other time the jerseys have been worn was for the Oklahoma City finale last season.
  • Golden State's Mickael Pietrus didn't play with a sprained left ankle. Ike Diogu sprained his left ankle in the second quarter and did not return.
  • Scott said forward Marc Jackson is ahead of schedule in his return from a strained right hamstring. He was expected to miss the first month of the season. "He says he feels great, and that's what I've got to believe," Scott said. "But I've also got to be very cautious as far as rushing him back because we didn't do that last time and he still hurt it."
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Despite not having a great shooting night, Peja Stojakovic scores 18 in 36 minutes. (Getty Images)
Despite not having a great shooting night, Peja Stojakovic scores 18 in 36 minutes. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Golden State (2-3) 1726212993
NO/Okla. City (4-0) «2923222397
GS:B. Davis 22 Pts
GS:I. Diogu 8 Reb
GS:B. Davis 4 Ast
NO:C. Paul 22 Pts
NO:T. Chandler 14 Reb
NO:C. Paul 11 Ast
Players of the Game
New OrleansGolden State

C. Paul

B. Davis
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
226112244

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Golden State
A. Biedrins, SF354-52-250410
B. Davis, PG308-174-544322
J. Richardson, SG252-92-21146
M. Dunleavy, SF232-60-14425
T. Murphy, PF203-50-00426
M. Ellis, PG398-170-032217
M. Barnes, SF273-50-06246
A. Roberson, PG256-100-123015
I. Diogu, PF111-54-48006
P. O'Bryant, C50-10-01010
A. Foyle, CDid Not Play
D. Wagner, SGDid Not Play
M. Pietrus, SGDid Not Play
Z. Cabarkapa, SFDid Not Play
K. McLeod, PGDid Not Play
Totals 37-8012-1534202293
 46.2%80.0% 
New Orleans
D. West, PF367-152-2111216
C. Paul, PG369-163-4611222
P. Stojakovic, SF355-165-512318
T. Chandler, PF334-52-3140210
D. Mason, SF316-150-090312
B. Jackson, PG233-60-05216
R. Butler, SF141-51-21114
L. Johnson, SF133-50-02017
J. Pargo, PG120-30-01200
C. Simmons, PF80-32-22022
M. Jackson, CDid Not Play
B. Bass, PFDid Not Play
H. Armstrong, CDid Not Play
M. Vinicius, SFDid Not Play
Totals 38-8915-1852191797
 42.7%83.3% 
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