Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/13

Game 1: Thursday, October 13th
Game 2: Sunday, October 23rd

Hornets 100

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Nuggets 90

(0-1, 0-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 13, 2005

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 34 22 25 19100
    DEN 23 18 26 2390

    Hornets win on road, will play 35 games in Oklahoma City

    DENVER (AP) -- Rasual Butler had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 100-90 victory over the Denver Nuggets in the first preseason game for both teams Thursday night.

    The NBA's New Orleans Hornets have been displaced this season and are set to call Oklahoma City home, at least temporarily. Will the Hornets in all reality ever return to the Crescent City and what kind of impact will it have on the city trying to rebuild itself after Hurricane Katrina if the Saints and the Hornets relocate permanently? Outside the Lines examines (tonight, ESPN, 12:40 a.m. ET/9:40 p.m. PT).

    The Hornets will play 35 of their 41 regular season home games in Oklahoma City as the city of New Orleans continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

    The New Orleans Arena sustained extensive water damage from the hurricane and will take months to repair. But even if New Orleans is ready to welcome the team back before the 2005-06 season ends, the Hornets are locked into their 35 dates at the 19,675-seat Ford Center.

    Bostjan Nachbar added 16 points and J.R. Smith had 12 for New Orleans. First-round draft choice Chris Paul had six points and seven assists.

    Carmelo Anthony led Denver with 17 points. DeMarr Johnson had 15 for the Nuggets who shot 40 percent.

    New Orleans shot 63 percent and Smith had eight points in the first quarter to build a 34-23 lead.

    Butler had a breakaway dunk and a 3-pointer early in the second quarter to extend the Hornets lead to 41-25. Reserve Eduardo Najera had nine points to get Denver as close as 12, but New Orleans hit three free throws in the last two minutes to lead 56-41 at halftime.

    Nachbar had 14 of his points in the third quarter, on 5-for-5 shooting as New Orleans maintained an 81-67 lead through three quarters.

    The lead was 94-79 after a basket by Butler and Kirk Snyder's 3-pointer with 4:09 left in the game.

    Earl Watson's 3-pointer and a jumper by Julius Hodge with 2:01 left got the Nuggets as close as 95-87.

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