Hornets get back in the groove

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Paul elevating

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Photo by Jonathan Bachman

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Hornets fans hoping for a completely turnaround after that debacle against L.A. got exactly what they wanted. Chris Paul and David West combined for just 35 points yet New Orleans never trailed by more than five the entire game thanks to a productive bench.

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"I thought the bench was big," Coach Byron Scott. "I think they brought great energy. I think the forth quarter they really got us this victory."

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Indeed, the Hornets bench contributed 34 points and, most importantly, had just four turnovers. Also, unlike the Lakers game where the bench players saw the game slip away, the Hornets never trailed by more than five points all night. Most of it, though, had a lot to do with New Orleans matching the Blazers' energy the entire night.

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"We came out, as a team,  a little more ready to play," West said.

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Rasual Butler acknowledged the importance of having everyone that gets on the floor to contribute. At the same time, he said the team had got to continue to progress.

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"We have to continue to build, we gotta continue working," he said.

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It does bear noting that without James Posey, this game might not have turned in the Hornets favor. His 14 points (12 of them coming from behind the arc) and tough defense in the final frame had a lot to do with the Hornets win. After the game, no Hornets player expressed ay kind of surprise at how Posey played and Devin Brown probably summed it up best.

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"That's how you get your money in this league," he said, referring to Posey's clutch threes.

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The Hornets are traveling to Houston tonight to face the Rockets tomorrow. If they can build on their win against Portland with a division win against a likely championship contendor, that loss to the Lakers will be just a distant memory.

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