Peja Stojakovic Returns for Win No. 8 for New Orleans Hornets

November 14th, 2010 by Taylor Williams Leave a reply »
New Orleans continued its path of perfection with Saturday's 107-87 win over Portland, again getting excellent bench play on both sides throughout the game.  But this time, in addition to Jason Smith draining mid-range jumpers, Jerryd Bayless fearlessly hacking and Willie Green making ambitious floaters and threes, small forward and three-point artist Peja Stojakovic gave the Hornets (8-0) his best performance of the season.

The 6'10" Serbian saw 17 minutes against the Blazers (6-5)—his most of 2010.  All seven of his field goals came from beyond the arc, connecting on three and a pair of fouls shots to finish with 11 points.  Perimeter shooting played a key role in the Hornets game plan against Portland’s zone defense, and Peja helped get it done early.

After missing his first two looks, the 12-year veteran got fouled in transition, sank a couple charity shots and proceeded to drain back-to-back bombs, getting the crowd fired up and proclaiming his 33-year-old potential.  The Hornets went just 3-of-17 from beyond the arc until the fourth quarter when he and Marco Belinelli combined for a perfect 4-for-4 from ...

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