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<ul><li><p>N.O./Okla. City Hornets (2-0) vs. Houston Rockets (1-1) Game 3, Home Game 1 </p><p>New Orleans Arena New Orleans, LA Sunday, November 5, 2006 6:00 p.m. (CT) </p><p>NEW ORLEANS/OKLAHOMA CITY HORNETS STARTERS Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Player Updates G 3 CHRIS PAUL 6-0 175 2006-07: 18.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 8.0 apg, 1.5 spg </p><p>Note: Reigning Rookie of the Year, recently competed for the USA Mens National Team. G 16 PEJA STOJAKOVIC 6-10 229 2006-07: 9.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg </p><p>Note: Shooting just .500 (3-6) from the free throw line. F 24 DESMOND MASON 6-5 222 2006-07: 9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg </p><p>Note: Scored all eight of his points 11/1 at BOS in the first quarter. F 30 DAVID WEST 6-9 240 2006-07: 19.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 bpg </p><p>Note: Leading scorer for each of the first two games. C 6 TYSON CHANDLER 7-1 245 2006-07: 6.5 ppg, 12.0 rpg </p><p>Note: Game-high 15 rebs (8 OR) 11/3 at IND. </p><p>TONIGHTS HORNETS BUZZ HITS: The Hornets open their home schedule tonight in New Orleans when they face the divisional foe Houston Rocketslast season, the Hornets </p><p>went 3-1 on the season against the Rockets. The Hornets will play in four home-openers in their first four games of the seasonafter winning on the road as the visitor in Boston and Indiana, </p><p>they will attempt to be 3-0 thus far in openers tonight in New Orleans before having the opener in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. Rockets guard John Lucas III played two seasons at Oklahoma State University and was named co-Big 12 Player of the Year along with </p><p>teammate Tony Allen his junior seasonLucas played 35 games last season for the NBDLs Tulsa 66ers where he averaged 16.8 points. The Hornets are 2-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 seasonthey also won their first two games on the road for the first time since the 2000-</p><p>01 season. The Hornets defense is holding opponents to just 40% shooting from the field and 24% shooting from beyond the arc. Kirk Snyder, who was traded from the Hornets to the Rockets for cash considerations and a conditional second round pick in the 2008 draft on </p><p>July 14, averaged 8.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 68 games for the Hornets last season. The Hornets hosted the Hard Hats and High Tops Gala on Sat., Nov. 4 at New Orleans World War II Museumthe evening featured live and </p><p>silent auctionsproceeds from the evening will benefit the Hoops for Homes Initiative. </p><p>HORNETS PRONUNCIATION GUIDE: Peja Stojakovic (STOY-ak-O-vich), Rasual Butler (rah-sue-ahl), Jannero Pargo (JUH-nare-O), Marcus Vinicius (va-NEE-shus) </p><p>2006-07 HORNETS RECORDS RECORD HOME ROAD OVERTIME OVERALL 2-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 SW DIVISION 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 WESTERN 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 EASTERN 2-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 </p><p> OVERALL HOME ROAD STREAKS W2 W2 </p><p>INJURY REPORT: Marc Jackson (strained right hamstring) is out indefinitely. </p><p>RECENT TRANSACTIONS: 10/31: Signed David West to a multi-year contract extension.10/26: Released Luis Flores and Scooter McFadgon10/25: Exercised the third-year option of Chris Pauls contract.10/1: Signed free agent guards Luis Flores and Scooter McFadgon; signed second round pick Marcus Vinicius.8/25: Announced that the contract of General Manager Jeff Bower had been extended through the 2010-11 seasonannounced that the contracts of assistant coaches Darrell Walker, Kenny Gattison and Dave Miller had been extended through the 2006-07 season.8/9: Signed free agent guard Jannero Pargo.7/19: Signed free agent guard Bobby Jackson and re-signed forward Rasual Butler.7/14: Acquired Tyson Chandler from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for PJ Brown and J.R. Smithtraded guard Kirk Snyder to the Houston Rockets in exchange for cash considerations and a conditional 2008 second round pick.7/12: Acquired Peja Stojakovic and cash considerations from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for the rights of Andrew Betts. </p><p>HORNETS SCHEDULE </p><p>Last Ten (4-5): 10/10 vs. DAL* W 84-81 10/13 vs. ORL* L 85-100 10/17 at MIA* L 105-109 10/19 at GSW* L 103-112 10/20 at LAL* L 106-113 10/22 at SAC* L 93-117 10/24 at SAC* W 84-81 11/1 at BOS W 91-87 11/3 at IND W 100-91 </p><p>NEXT FIVE: 11/7 vs. GSW 7:00 p.m. 11/9 at GSW 9:30 p.m. 11/10 at POR 9:00 p.m. 11/12 at LAC 2:30 p.m. 11/14 vs. CHA 7:00 p.m. *preseason game </p></li><li><p>TONIGHTS OPPONENT Houston Rockets Southwest Division </p><p> 2006-07 Regular Season Match-ups (CT) Nov. 5, 2006 @ NO 6:00 PM Mar. 25, 2007 @ OKC 2:30 PM ALL-TIME SERIES: Feb. 3, 2007 @ Houston 7:30 PM Apr. 14, 2007 @ Houston 7:30 PM Houston leads 28-12. 2005-06 Regular Season Results: Nov. 5, 2005 W 91-84 @ Houston Jan. 14, 2006 W 86-80 @ Houston Dec. 28, 2005 W 92-90 @ OKC Mar. 23, 2006 L 92-93 @ OKC </p><p> The Hornets have lost 11 out of their last 17 to the Rockets, but have won three of the last four (all in 2005-06). The Hornets beat the Rockets, 91-84, ending the game on a 17-2 run on Nov. 5, 2005...the Hornets were down by as much as six in the </p><p>fourth quarter before coming from behind to grab the 86-80 win at Toyota Center on Jan. 14, 2006... Chris Paul led the Hornets with 17 points...Rookie Chris Paul hit two running jump shots in the final 30 seconds to lift the Hornets to the win. </p><p> The Rockets hold the opponent franchise record in blocked shots with 16 (Dec. 20, 1991). The Hornets/Rockets pre-season game on October 12, 2003 was the first basketball game held in the Rockets' new Toyota Center, the </p><p>Hornets won 89-71. Byron Scott is 8-7 (.533) all-time versus the RocketsJeff Van Gundy is 18-13 (.581) all-time against the Hornets. </p><p>New Orleans/Oklahoma City: 100 Indiana: 91 November 3, 2006 at Conseco Fieldhouse Hornets High Scorer: West 20 Pacers High Scorer: ONeal 25 Hornets High Rebounder: Chandler 15 Pacers High Rebounder: Harrington 7 Hornets High Assist: Paul 6 Pacers High Assist: Armstrong 6 Score By Quarter 1 2 3 4 Final Hornets 26 22 21 31 100 Pacers 20 20 32 19 91 The Hornets allowed 32 third quarter points, allowing the Pacers to erase an eight-point halftime deficit and even take the lead, before going on a 14-0 run to start the third quarter and to secure their second straight road victoryit was also the second straight game that the Hornets allowed their opposition to cut into a sizable lead before taking over late in the gameDavid West shot 62% (8-13) from the field, en route to 20 points, while Tyson Chandler came up with a game-high 15 rebounds (including eight OR)a Chandler dunk from Chris Paul (16 points, six assists) in the second quarter made ESPNs Top 10 as the number two play of the dayPacer Jermaine ONeal led all scorers with 25 points. New Orleans/Oklahoma City: 91 Boston: 87 November 1, 2006 at TD Banknorth Garden Hornets High Scorer: Paul 20 Celtics High Scorer: Pierce 29 Hornets High Rebounder: Chandler 9 Celtics High Rebounder: Pierce 19 Hornets High Assist: Paul 10 Celtics High Assist: West 5 Score By Quarter 1 2 3 4 Final Hornets 26 28 21 16 91 Celtics 16 25 24 22 87 The Hornets never trailed as they defeated the Celtics, 91-87, for the first time in over two seasonsa 13-point Hornets halftime lead was threatened in the third quarter as they missed their first nine field goal attempts to start the second halfBobby Jackson ended the draught with 7:31 to play in the thirden route to a 20-point, 10-assist double-double, Chris Paul scored the last ten points of the third quarterthe Celtics had numerous opportunities to tie the game in the second-half, but failed each timePeja Stojakovic hit two crucial shots in the final 1:34 and David Wests tip-in with 12.8 seconds left sealed the road win for the HornetsPaul Pierce had 29 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in the Celtics loss. New Orleans/Oklahoma City: 84 Sacramento: 81 October 24, 2006 at ARCO Arena Hornets High Scorer: Paul 22 Kings High Scorer: Martin 21 Hornets High Rebounder: Chandler 10 Kings High Rebounder: Thomas 10 Hornets High Assist: Paul 9 Kings High Assist: Thomas 5 Score By Quarter 1 2 3 4 Final Hornets 25 18 22 19 84 Kings 27 17 24 13 81 The Hornets halted a five-game skid to win their final preseason game of the season, holding off the Kings, 84-81Chris Paul led the Hornets with 22 points (8-15 FG, 2-2 3FG, 4-6 FT) to accompany seven rebounds, nine assists and four stealsDesmond Mason helped out with 17 points, while Bobby Jackson added 13 points off the benchafter missing three games with a sprained left ankle, Tyson Chandler returned to the starting lineup and grabbed ten reboundsKevin Martin had a team-best 21 points for the Kings in the losing effortthe Hornets shot 43% from the field, two percent better than the Kings, who finished at 41% percent on the evening. </p><p>LAST THREE GAMES: </p></li><li><p> SEASON NOTES: With the 91-87 win at BOS, the Hornets have now won seven of their last eight season openers. The Hornets are shooting 16 percent (4-25) from the three-point line. The Hornets first two wins (11/1 at BOS, 11/3 at IND) both came against that had swept them (2-0) during the 2005-06 </p><p>season. Chris Paul had 20 points and 10 assists in the opening night win, recording his first double-double of the seasonhis first </p><p>double-double last year occurred in the sixth game of the season (11/15 at MIA)he had 23 double-doubles last season. David West has led the Hornets in scoring the first two games (18 pts, 11/1 at BOS and 20 pts, 11/3 at IND). The Hornets bench outscored the Pacers bench 39-26 in the 11/3 win at INDRasual Butler led the bench with 11 points. The Hornets have outscored their opponents 92-66 in the paint. The Hornets outrebounded the Pacers by 19 (53-34) in the 11/3 winTyson Chandler had 15 total rebounds, including </p><p>eight offensive which was one more than Indianas starting five combined total. Celtics All-Star Paul Pierce recorded a career-high 19 rebounds in the loss, it also marked an opponent-high for total </p><p>rebounds in an opening night game for the Hornets. The Hornets are 2-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 seasonit also marks the first time the Hornets have won their first </p><p>two road games since the 2000-01 season. Only five players from the current roster (David West, Chris Paul, Brandon Bass, Rasual Butler and Desmond Mason) were </p><p>on the opening night roster for the Hornets last season. THIRD QUARTER BLUES: The third quarter has continued to be a problem thus far in the 2006-07 season just as it was last seasonover the final 21 games of the 2005-06 season, the Hornets were outscored 18-of-21 times in the third quarterthis season, the Hornets have been outscored in each of the first two games (24-21 by Boston and 32-21 by Indiana)they have also surrendered an 8-1 run to start the half against the Celtics and an 8-0 run to start the half against the Pacers. #3 IN THE 3RD: #3 is not only Chris Pauls number, but it seems to be his favorite quarter so far in the young seasonCP3 has stepped up his scoring game in each of the first two third-quarters accounting for 16 total points in the two gameshe has also delivered 14 of those 16 points in the last three minutes of the third where in each game the score has been close. THE FREE THROW SHOOTER FORMERLY KNOWN AS PEJA: If anyone would have told you that after two games, Peja Stojakovic would be the seventh best free-throw shooter on the Hornets, people would have thought you meant in the NBA and not the Hornetsa career .892 percent free-throw shooter, Peja is the second most accurate charity stripe shooter in the game today (behind Steve Nash), however, he has started out the 2006-07 season by missing three of his first six. THE OFF-SEASONS BIG THREE: The Hornets acquired, signed or drafted seven new players to this years roster over the summerthree of the biggest were Tyson Chandler, Bobby Jackson and Peja Stojakovicthose three combined for 31 points, 14 rebounds and three assists in the 91-87 win over Boston on 11/1 and 23 points, 24 rebounds and two assists in the 100-91 win over Indiana on 11/3. PRESEASON RESULTS: The Hornets finished the preseason with a 2-5 recordthe Hornets have an all-time preseason record of 63-80 (.441)--that includes a home record of 25-11 (.694), a road record of 9-31 (.225) and a record of 28-38 (.418) at neutral sites. DEFENSE KEY TO WINS IN PRESEASON: The Hornets are expected to be an up-tempo, fast-breaking team this seasonhowever, during the preseason, their defense was the key to a win or a lossin the two wins, the Hornets gave up just 81 points compared to 110.2 points in the five lossesthe below chart further illustrates the note. OPPONENTS PTS FGs TWO WINS 81 58-142 (.408) FIVE LOSSES 110.2 194-369 (.526) THREE-POINT SPECIALIST: One of the Hornets main needs last season was a player who could consistently knock down an outside shotwith the trade to get Peja Stojakovic, the Hornets got one of the best in NBA history in that categoryover the last seven seasons, Stojakovic and Seattles Ray Allen are the only two NBA players to make at least 100 three-pointers in each season. </p></li><li><p> SLOW OFF-SEASON? WE DONT NEED NO STINKING SLOW OFF-SEASON!: The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets had one goal in mind this off-season, to get better as a basketball team...from all reviews, they did just thatthe below chart shows the various moves the Hornets made during the busy off-season and why many NBA insiders project the Hornets as a playoff team. </p><p>2005-06 HORNETS ROSTER Brandon Bass F PJ Brown F/C Traded to Chicago along with J.R. Smith for Tyson Chandler on July 14 Rasual Butler F Speedy Claxton G Free agent; was not re-signed Marcus Fizer F Free agent; was not re-signed Marc Jackson F/C Linton Johnson F Arvydas Macijauskas G Waived on July 12 Desmond Mason G/F Moochie Norris G Waived on July 5 Chris Paul G J.R. Smith G Traded to Chicago along with PJ Brown for Tyson Chandler on July 14 Kirk Snyder G Traded to Houston for cash considerations and a conditional 2008 second round pick David West F Aaron Williams F Free agent; was not re-signed </p><p>2006-07 HORNETS ROSTER Hilton Armstrong C/F Selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft Brandon Bass F Rasual Butler F Re-signed as a free agent on July 19 Tyson Chandler C Acquired from Chicago for PJ Brown and J.R. Smith on July 14 Bobby Jackson G Signed as a free agent on July 19 Marc Jackson F/C Linton Johnson F Desmond Mason G/F Jannero Pargo G Signed as a free agent on August 9 Chris Paul G Cedric Simmons F Selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft Peja Stojakovic F/G Acquired from Indiana for cash considerations and the draft rights to Andrew Betts Marcus Vinicius F Selected with the 43rd pick in the 2006 NBA Draft David West F </p><p>REPRESENTING THE USA: Chris Paul was one of only 12 NBA p...</p></li></ul>