Thursday, October 27, 2005

Hornets 89, Rockets 88

P.J. Brown put back Speedy Claxton's missed layup with 0.4 seconds left to give the Hornets their first win in Oklahoma City. The Hornets trailed 43-21 in the first half before they mounted another comeback. This time they would not fall short.

Claxton and Bostjan Nachbar hit back-to-back 3-pointers from the left wing, and Nachbar added a three-point play to get the Hornets within 63-61 with 4:05 left in the third quarter. J.R. Smith brought the 15,063 fans to their feet when his 3-pointer from the right wing gave the Hornets a 72-70 lead, their first of the second half.

``We're feeling good I think from a mental standpoint just to get our first home win,'' Brown said. ``I think it would have been tough to come into the season next Tuesday not having won a home game in our preseason. It's good to establish a good feeling.''
``It means the world to our guys,'' Hornets coach Byron Scott said. ``We're a young team trying to find our way. And when you're trying to find your way, sometimes victories like this can be big things for you.''

Next up for the Hornets: @ Atlanta Tonight.