Raptors Claw Hornets
The Hornets lost their first game of a five game road trip Tuesday night. Toronto, led by PG Jose Calderon, defeated New Orleans 96-90. Calderon scored a season high 22 points, to go with his 16 assists and 7 rebounds. The Raptor PG completely outplayed Chris Paul from start to finish. Here is more from the AP and espn.com.
David West scored 19 points and former Raptor Jarrett Jack had 17, but the Hornets lost for the ninth time in 12 games.
Carl Landry had 17 points, Marco Belinelli 13 and Trevor Ariza 10 for New Orleans.
Calderon had not scored more than 20 points since a 21-point performance at Washington on Jan. 15, a span of 20 games.
It was another difficult night for Hornets point guard Chris Paul, who made just three of 10 shots and finished with seven points, five assists and four rebounds.
Disappointment. That’s the best word to describe the Hornets performance North of the border. Chris Paul’s play the last two games is the reason New Orleans is on a two game losing streak. Holding opponents to 96 and 91 can be good enough, but not when Chris Paul is not playing like Chris Paul. He’s been completely outplayed by Kyle Lowry and Jose Calderon in the last three days. Neither player tends to strike fear in the hearts of their opponents. CP3 cannot continue to play at this level. Otherwise, the slumping Hornets will continue to take a dive in the standings.