Thus motivated, Paul had 25 points and 14 assists in a 100-86 victory over the Bulls on Tuesday night, sending Chicago to its sixth loss in nine games.
"Coach really got on us at halftime. When he does that I feel like he's talking directly to me," said Paul. "That's part of my job when he said we needed to pick up the intensity and push the ball."
David West added 27 points for the Hornets and Tyson Chandler, who played five seasons for the Bulls before being traded before the 2006-07 season, was booed throughout the game and scored four points and had 16 rebounds.
Peja Stojakovic scored 13 of his 27 points in the third quarter on 5-of-8 shooting. After trailing 50-43 at halftime, the Hornets outscored the Bulls 29-18 in the quarter.
"We really tried to penetrate and get guys open. When Peja is shooting the ball like that, we understand we've got to get it to him," said Paul.
Andres Nocioni led the Bulls with 28 points and Kirk Hinrich finished with 15 points.
"Obviously we would like to come out with a better effort in the third, we were right there in the fourth quarter and we kind of got our butts kick in the fourth quarter," said Hinrich. "Offensively we couldn't get anything going and had some unfortunate turnovers that they capitalized on."
After only scoring two points on 1-for-10 shooting in a win against Memphis on Saturday, Paul scored 10 points in the first half for the Hornets on 5-for-10 shooting.
Hornets starter Morris Peterson missed his second straight game with back spasms.
Chicago Bulls center Ben Wallace arrived late to pregame game warmups and was fined an undisclosed amount.
|Tyson Chandler stands tall against his former Bulls with a 16-rebound, three-block effort. (Getty Images)|
|New Orleans (35-15) «||25||18||29||28||100|
|NO:P. Stojakovic 27 Pts
NO:T. Chandler 16 Reb
NO:C. Paul 14 Ast
|CHI:A. Nocioni 28 Pts
CHI:B. Wallace 16 Reb
CHI:C. Duhon 5 Ast
|Players of the Game|
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|D. West, PF||44||11-20||5-7||7||3||3||27|
|T. Chandler, C||39||2-5||0-4||16||1||2||4|
|C. Paul, PG||39||11-21||2-2||4||14||2||25|
|P. Stojakovic, SG||38||9-15||3-3||3||0||3||27|
|R. Butler, SG||24||2-6||2-2||4||0||1||7|
|R. Bowen, SF||21||1-2||0-0||0||1||3||2|
|J. Pargo, PG||13||1-6||2-2||2||1||1||4|
|H. Armstrong, PF||13||1-1||2-2||1||1||1||4|
|B. Jackson, PG||10||0-2||0-0||0||0||1||0|
|M. Peterson, SG||Did Not Play|
|M. Ely, C||Did Not Play|
|M. Vinicius, SF||Did Not Play|
|A. Haluska, SG||Did Not Play|
|J. Wright, SF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|A. Nocioni, SF||40||8-15||10-11||4||0||3||28|
|T. Sefolosha, SG||39||6-11||0-0||6||4||2||12|
|B. Wallace, C||35||4-11||1-2||16||1||0||9|
|C. Duhon, PG||31||2-7||0-0||1||5||2||5|
|J. Smith, PF||27||4-12||0-0||3||3||1||8|
|K. Hinrich, PG||26||6-15||0-0||2||4||4||15|
|J. Noah, PF||22||1-4||2-2||6||2||2||4|
|A. Gray, C||12||1-3||0-0||3||2||4||2|
|T. Thomas, PF||8||1-4||1-2||0||0||0||3|
|A. Griffin, SG||Did Not Play|
|B. Gordon, SG||Did Not Play|
|L. Deng, SF||Did Not Play|
|J. Curry, PG||Did Not Play|
|D. Nichols, SF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|