Wednesday Morning Basketball Report

March 18, 2009

Chris Paul compiled his National Basketball Association-leading sixth triple-double performance with 30 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds in a New Orleans Hornets' win at Washington, 109-98, last Wednesday in the Verizon Center.

For the season, Paul is tied with Cleveland's LeBron James with six triple-double performances. No one in the NBA has recorded more than two triple-doubles besides Paul and James. There are only three players with two apiece: Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd and Rajon Rondo.

Continuing to lead the NBA in steals (174) and assists (682), Paul has eclipsed his season average by more than seven points in each of the Hornets' four games this past week.

In a 95-84 loss to Houston on Monday, Paul had 29 points, including shooting a perfect 11-of-11 from the line, to go with 11 assists, six rebounds and six steals.

At Chicago on Saturday in the Hornets' 97-79 loss, Paul shot 13-of-20 from the floor for 29 points, and added six assists and six rebounds.

Paul scored 30 points on 9-of-15 shooting, with a 12-of-12 free-throw mark, in the Hornets' 95-86 win at Milwaukee. He had nine assists, six rebounds and four steals in the contest.

New Orleans is still hanging on to the sixth-place record in the Western Conference with a 41-25 record. The Hornets host Minnesota tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

The San Antonio Spurs are still second overall in the West with a 45-22 record. Tim Duncan added three double-doubles this past week, bringing him to a third-place tie in the NBA with a total of 42 this season. Duncan also ranks fifth in the NBA in rebounds with 663.

On Monday night at Oklahoma City in a two-point loss, 78-76, Duncan had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

In the win at Houston, 88-85, on Saturday, Duncan had 15 points, 12 rebounds, with four assists and two steals.

Last Thursday, Duncan finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the loss, 102-95, to the Los Angeles Lakers.



Duncan was given the night off in San Antonio's win, 93-86, over Minnesota last night. According to the Associated Press, head coach Gregg Popovich said, "He doesn't love (sitting out), but it's important for him to be fresh and healthy at the end of the season." Duncan has been battling right quad tendonosis since last month.

The Spurs host Boston on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

While Washington now is officially eliminated from the playoffs and has a 16-52 record, Darius Songaila continues to put up solid numbers for the Wizards.

On Sunday against Sacramento, Songaila tied his career-high free throws made with seven. He also set his season-high mark with seven attempts. Songaila recorded 15 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Washington victory, 106-104.

Last night, Songaila started in the 103-88 loss to Utah and finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

On Friday in the Wizards' loss, 112-103, to Orlando, Songaila had four points with two steals, a block, a rebound, and an assist in 19 minutes of action.

Against Paul and the Hornets last Wednesday, Songaila played 18 minutes and added 10 points, four assists and three rebounds for the Wizards.

The Wizards will play the Clippers in Los Angeles at 10:30 p.m. ET tonight.

For the Dallas Mavericks, Howard remained sidelined with a left ankle injury this week. He has missed six straight games. Last night, head coach Rick Carlisle indicated that Howard will not play the rest of the week and it is unknown when he will return to action. The team reported that Howard will receive a cortisone shot and will try to practice next week.

The Mavs, currently with a record of 41-27, are eighth in the West. On Thursday, Dallas plays at Atlanta at 7 p.m. ET.

Check back next week for more NBA updates featuring Chris Paul of the Hornets, Tim Duncan of the Spurs, Darius Songaila of the Wizards and Josh Howard of the Mavericks.

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