Sunday, December 02, 2007

Photo by: Alex Brandon

The Hornets beat the Mavericks 112-108 in overtime, to end a 21 game losing streak against the Mavs. The game was close and the two Western powerhouses played very hard. I loved how the referees let the teams play, but in the fourth quarter they should have called a few more fouls and kept the game clean at crunch time. I think this will be a great rivalry from now on because the Hornets are healthy this year and the Mavericks are still going strong as one of the best of the west.

Chris Paul led the way with 33 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds. This was an impressive performance from Paul. He picked up the pace of the game with his fancy moves through the lane that ended with sweet layups. Peja Stojakovic had 22 points and 5 rebounds. He is not as good as he used to be, but he was on the ball tonight. I would like him to have a better balance of shooting jumpers and getting into the paint. If he doesn't diversify his offensive game, teams will find it easy to contain him by really challenging his jump shots. Tyson Chandler had 21 points and 13 rebounds. He was one of the players involved in the multiple acts of scuffling for a rebound. Every team needs a player like Chandler who is not afraid to get down and dirty.

Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points and 6 rebounds. Dirk did a little bit of what Peja needs to do, get to the free throw line more. They said Peja hasn't even been to the line more than 30 time yet this season and he needs to model some of Dirk's aggressiveness and get into the paint and on the strike.