Hornets Come Back To Beat Rockets 94-92

Wednesday, October 10th 2007, 7:40 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ It was only fitting that the New Orleans Hornets' return to their temporary home will be remembered as a comeback.

Chris Paul scored 14 points and Hilton Armstrong had 10 of his 12 in the second half as the Hornets rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 94-to-92 in last night's preseason opener.

After Bobby Jackson drove for a layup to give the Hornets an 81-80 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Armstrong followed with a left-handed layup and Peja Stojakovic drilled a 3-pointer to push the lead to six.

The Rockets closed within 88-87 but had their chance to take the lead thwarted when newcomer Luis Scola was called for an offensive foul.

Stojakovic had 13 points for New Orleans, while Yao Ming led the Rockets with 13 points.

Only about 6,300 were on hand for the game at the Ford Center, where the Hornets played most of their home games for two seasons after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina.