Even without injured Point Guard Chris Paul, the Hornets sting the Celtics 93 to 85. Good thing NO has Darren Collison. He torched the C's for a game best 25 points and dished out 9 assists. Although, his 10 turnovers almost takes away from his performance.
Boston, down 2 points after 1 quarter (27-29), held NO to just 14 points in the 2nd leading by 12 into the halftime, 55-43. However, the C's, seems to be trend lately, go cold in the 3rd as the Hornets put up 29 points while holding Boston to just 12 points (72-67). The 4th found Boston trying to make runs and play catch-up, but all was for not as NO closed the door putting up 21 points to Bostons 18.
Pierce led the way for Boston scoring 15 points on 4-11 shooting and 0-3 downtown. Combine that with 8 turnovers and needless to say Paul was not having a great game. The C's as a team turned it over 23 times, but NO bested them by 1 with 24 total turnovers.
Rondo had just 7 points and 4 assists to go along with 3 steals and only 2 turnovers, probably due to the fact he had his hands full with Collison who was able to penetrate against Rondos D almost at will.
KG once again look liked he had no lift and finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds.
Overall, Boaton shot under 50%, 16-27 from the charity stripe (58.2%), and only 1-8 from deep. Compared to the Hornets who hit 44% from the 3 and 81% from the line. NO also outrebounded Boston by 10 (47-37).
One of the bright spots for Boston was Marquis Daniels who had 14 points off the bench on 7-9 shooting. Wallace and Tony Allen chipped in 13 a piece. Wallace also had 2 out of Bostons 5 total blocks.