Byron Scott best summed it up. “He is great. What else is there to say? He took over on the offensive end and was a little more aggressive when it came to looking for his own shot.”
That right there pretty much was Chris Paul tonight in a nutshell. He did it all for the Hornets. He started the game trying to get his teammates involved, but they still trailed the Wizards by 10 midway through the second quarter. So then he went on the attack. After not scoring up until that point, CP3 scored 10 of 12 points to tie the score. Then in the second half he went right back at the Wizards with 14 of his 30 points, six of his 13 assists and four of his 10 rebounds.
The Wizards simply didn’t have an answer for him. Dominic McGuire tried checking him. Mike James and Juan Dixon all failed.
Tonight showed what a team with an All-Star point guard is capable of. He just raises everyone’s play by making things easy for him. Take Rasual Butler for instance. Twenty-one points, including six 3-pointers. He missed seven of his 13 attempts from 3-point range — nearly all of them wide-open looks. Tyson Chandler scored most of his points on lobs from Paul. CP3 had 13 of his team’s 24 assists and set the pace for a 52.6-percent shooting night by the Hornets. Think how badly the Wizards would’ve lost if New Orleans‘ top gunner Peja Stojakovic would’ve been healthy.
Paul of course was nonchalant about his performance. “We played a little better when we needed to,” he said. “This team is dangerous because they have nothing to lose right now and they are really talented. They have a lot of guys who can handle the ball and we started defending at the right time.”