Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Wednesday, November 9th
Game 2: Saturday, November 19th

Hornets 98

(4-5, 2-2 away)

Magic 95

(3-6, 1-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 19, 2005

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 27 21 20 3098
    ORL 21 22 27 2595

    Top Performers

    NO: D. West 34 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Orl: D. Howard 16 Pts, 17 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

    West, Paul combine for 55 in Hornets' win over Magic

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- David West helped pick up the undermanned New Orleans Hornets with an offensive burst.

    West scored a career-high 34 points and Chris Paul added 21, leading the Hornets to a 98-95 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

    New Orleans won despite missing center P.J. Brown and guards J.R. Smith and Speedy Claxton. Brown, attending his mother-in-law's funeral, missed his second consecutive game. Smith missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle, and Claxton sat out his second in a row with a sprained right ankle.

    "We knew we were going to have to make it a scrappy game ... make the game ugly," West said. "We're down three guys. We knew we had to put it together. We had a good game plan. We came out and run, run, run and it worked."

    New Orleans (4-5) has won two straight. The Hornets didn't get their fourth win last season until Jan. 11, in their 33rd game.

    "We had a whole of reasons why we could've just called this game in, but we didn't," New Orleans coach Byron Scott said. "We're starting to see a young team mature and it has a sense of purpose. I'm proud of the way they played."

    Hedo Turkoglu and Keyon Dooling had 22 points apiece for Orlando (3-6). Dwight Howard had 16 points and 17 rebounds for his seventh straight double-double.

    "This isn't the way I thought we'd begin our season ... I'll tell you that," said Magic guard Steve Francis, who had 21 points. "I didn't think that we would consistently give games away. I didn't think that we would keep letting things slip through our hands. I don't know what to do. I don't know what's going to happen."

    After Paul scored a fast-break basket to put New Orleans ahead 90-86, Francis made it a one-point game on a 3-pointer with 1:02 left. Paul responded with his own 3 to extend the Hornets' lead to 93-89 with 41.8 seconds to go.

    After a defensive stop, West hit a pair of free throws to make it 95-91 lead with 28.6 seconds remaining. Paul also hit a two free throws down the stretch.

    "David West scored almost enough points for the whole team tonight," Paul said. "That is just having guys step up when we needed them to."

    New Orleans converted 15-of-20 free-throw attempts in the fourth. The Magic did not go to the line in the period.

    "That's an interesting stat," Magic coach Brian Hill said.

    New Orleans was 25-for-38 overall. Orlando shot 22 free throws, making 15.

    West scored 20 points -- four more than his career best -- in the first half as the Hornets took a 48-43 halftime lead. The advantage might have been bigger, but New Orleans went 6-of-14 from the foul line.

    "He was just on fire," Howard said of West. "He had a great night."

    Francis and Turkoglu had eight points each in the third, helping the Magic go up 70-68.

    Dooling scored nine points, including a three-point play, as Orlando used a 15-1 run to take a 32-28 advantage three minutes into the second.

    "We felt like this was a game we should have got," Dooling said. "They came out here and took control on our home court. You've just got to bounce back."

    Game notes

    West's 34 points was the most by an Orlando opponent this season. ... Magic forward Grant Hill (sports hernia) has resumed light jogging. He is not expected back until at least mid-December. ... Both New Orleans (54.7) and Orlando (50.7) shot over 50 percent from the field.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 95
    FGM-FGA 35-64 (.547) 37-73 (.507)
    3PM-3PA 3-6 (.500) 6-16 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 25-38 (.658) 15-22 (.682)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-34 7-31
    Assists 17 20
    Turnovers 16 17
    Steals 5 4
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 15 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 27 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 5

    Top Performers

    No/oklahoma City
    David West West
    Points: 34
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 16
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2