Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 10/22

Game 1: Sunday, October 22nd
Game 2: Tuesday, October 24th

Hornets 84

(2-5, 1-4 away)

Kings 81

(4-2, 2-1 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    7:00 PM ET, October 24, 2006

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 25 18 22 1984
    SAC 27 17 24 1381

    NO/Oklahoma City 84, Sacramento 81

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- In his seven seasons with the Sacramento Kings, Peja Stojakovic couldn't shake his reputation as a player unable to make the big shot.

    But it was Stojakovic, now in a New Orleans Hornets jersey, who made the clutch basket that led his current team to an 84-81 victory over the Kings on Tuesday night.

    Stojakovic gave the Hornets an 82-81 lead on a fall-away shot from near the free throw line with 25.4 seconds left. The game was his first back in Sacramento since being traded for Ron Artest last January.

    "It was a little weird playing against the Kings after being here for seven seasons. But life goes on," said Stojakovic, who helped rally the Hornets from a nine-point deficit in the game's closing minutes.

    Struggling in the preseason and entering the game shooting 35 percent, Stojakovic finished with eight points on 3-for-11 shooting.

    Despite the slow start, teammate Bobby Jackson, another ex-King, had confidence Stojakovic could deliver late in the game. "I would rather have him take that shot than anyone," Jackson said.

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim had a chance to give the Kings the lead, but missed a baseline drive with 1.1 seconds left. Jannero Pargo made two free throws with one-tenth of a second left as the Hornets (2-5) snapped a five-game losing streak.

    Chris Paul had a fabulous overall performance for the Hornets, with 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Kevin Martin led Sacramento (4-2) with 21 points.

    Ron Artest added 19 points for the Kings, and Abdur-Rahim had 18.

    Desmond Mason scored 17 and Jackson had 13 for the Hornets, who rallied from an 81-72 deficit when the Kings went scoreless over the final 5:49.

    The Kings had 27 turnovers, including eight in the fourth quarter, when they were outscored 19-3.

    "It's a preseason game, you have to put it behind us," Kings guard Ronnie Price said.

    Sacramento was without starters Mike Bibby and Brad Miller. Bibby injured his thumb in Sunday nights victory in Reno against the Hornets and is expected to miss the first two weeks of the regular season. Miller watched the game in street clothes nursing an injured finger.

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