Hornets Win Wild One
Emeka Okafor hit a miraculous shot as time expired in regulation. The improbable banker forced overtime in Salt Lake City. The Hornets took care of business in the extra period, earning a 121-117 victory. David West however, had to be wheeled off the court in the 4th quarter with an injury to his left knee. West led N.O. with 29 points. Here is more from the AP and espn.com.
Instead of celebrating after a wild win, the New Orleans Hornets left the locker room more concerned than anything.The Hornets pulled out an improbable 121-117 overtime victory in Utah, but leading scorer David West was still stretched out on the trainers’ table, in pain after injuring his left knee on a late dunk.
“When you lose somebody like D-West, it’s devastating,” said Hornets guard Chris Paul, who scored five of his 24 points in overtime. “That’s our go-to guy. But if anybody can bounce back from it, its D-West.”
West scored 29 points before being taken off the court in a wheelchair, grimacing in pain after going down hard following a dunk that tied the game at 103. The team said West sustained a left knee injury and that X-rays were negative. An MRI is planned.
Hornet fans need to pray West can play again this season. If his injury keeps him out for an extended period of time, the Hornets will have a hard time mustering a single win in a playoff series, if they can even hold on to make the playoffs. New Orleans cannot lose their leading scorer, captain, and most consistent player, and expect to stay above water for long. Carl Landry will get a chance to prove his worth in West’s absence. The extent of West’s injury is still in question, but anyone watching last night’s game knows he won’t play tonight in Phoenix.