Hornets win first game to spoil Stockton's big day

Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2004

SALT LAKE CITY - Darrell Armstrong grabbed the game ball from the scoring table and Lee Nailon grabbed coach Byron Scott in a big hug.

The New Orleans Hornets hadn't had anything to celebrate for so long, they wanted to make sure they didn't forget anything Monday night after holding off the Utah Jazz 76-75. It was the first win of the season for the Hornets, who had opened with eight straight losses.

The loss also spoiled the night for the Utah crowd of 19,911, which sold out the arena to watch John Stockton's No. 12 be retired.

"We persevered. We won," said P.J. Brown, who had nine rebounds. Jamaal Magloire led the Hornets with 20 points and 11 boards.

New Orleans, which led by 19 in the second half, gave Utah several opportunities to win, but the Jazz couldn't convert. Andrei Kirilenko missed two free throws with 4.4 seconds left and Gordan Giricek's jumper at the buzzer bounced off the rim, starting the Hornets' celebration.

"It's like I kept saying. It's gonna come," said Scott, who got his first win as Hornets coach. "We've just got to keep working to get better on the defensive end."

New Orleans was just fine on defense, holding the Jazz to 12 points in the final period and a 26-for-68 night from the floor. Carlos Boozer, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate who is Utah's leading scorer on the season, was held to eight points on 2-for-10 shooting and 10 rebounds. Boozer entered Monday's contest averaging 22.2 points a game.

"This team averages over 100 points a game. But we shut them down," said P.J. Brown, who had nine rebounds for the Hornets. "Offensively we were good, but defensively, we was even better."

Lee Nailon scored 16 points in his first start for the Hornets.

The victory left the Chicago Bulls, 100-82 losers to the Phoenix Suns as the only NBA team without a victory. The Bulls are 0-9.

"We leave all that to Chicago now," Magloire said.

Utah rallied from a 19-point deficit in the second half and led briefly down the stretch, but could not sustain it.

Kirilenko led Utah with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks.

Timberwolves 83, Mavericks 82

DALLAS - Kevin Garnett made two free throws with 5.9 seconds left then Trenton Hassell blocked Jerry Stackhouse's long jumper at the buzzer, giving Minnesota a victory over Dallas in the Mavericks' first of several games without Dirk Nowitzki.

Garnett finished with 21 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists, just missing his first triple-double of the season.

Suns 100, Bulls 82

PHOENIX - Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points apiece, and Phoenix made sure Chicago remained the NBA's only winless team.

Ben Gordon scored 20 points for the Bulls, who matched a franchise record for consecutive losses to start a season.

Grizzlies 93, Spurs 90

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Bonzi Wells had 26 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with less than a minute left, to lead Memphis.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 26 points and nine rebounds, and Tony Parker added 18 points.

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