Hornets Fall To Thunder
An under manned Hornet squad could not stop Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder late in Wednesday’s game. A 10-2 run in the fourth propelled the Thunder to a 104-93 win. David West had 20 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans in a losing effort. Here is more from the AP and espn.com.
Durant continued his scoring tear with 43 points and 10 rebounds, led a key fourth-quarter run and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Hornets 104-93 on Wednesday night. It was the third time Durant eclipsed 40 points in the past four games.
“That’s why he’s probably MVP of the league right now. You’re putting a string of games together like that, you put yourself in a different class,” said Williams, whose Hornets have the league’s No. 2 scoring defense.
“He made one shot tonight, he was standing where I was. When you’re playing with that kind of confidence … he’s not just a special player, he’s becoming a standard for that position.”
David West had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Chris Paul scored 15 points for New Orleans, which has lost three of four following a 10-game winning streak.
Simply put, Kevin Durant was unstoppable. Trevor Ariza, the Hornets best defender, left the game in the third quarter with an ankle sprain. Chris Paul was not 100% either, as he left in the first quarter with an ankle sprain. He did return in the second however, and played through the pain. New Orleans was already without starting Center Emeka Okafor who is out one to three weeks with an oblique strain. The Hornets did not have enough bullets in the chamber to counter Durant’s awesome shooting night. Things do not get easier for New Orleans, as they will welcome the Lakers to the Hive Saturday night. Tip-off is set for 7:00.