Photo by Jonathan Bachman
For the record, tonight's 10186 Hornets victory over Philadelphia was one of the goofiest games I've seen in quite a while. Start off Julian Wright making just his second career start, much to the delight of the crowd and to Ju-Ju's surprise (after the game, he said he was "startled" when coach Byron Scott gave him the starting nod). Things only got weirder as the 76er proceeded to shoot 59.5% in the first half along with scoring 36 points in the paint, yet they only led by seven at the break. Or just look at Peja Stojakovic: the smiling Serbian sharpshooter's first- and second-half stat lines were like night and day. Just look:
"You can't stop trying," Stojakovic said after the game. "You always have to give yourself a chance. Your next shot is always your best shot."
Stojakovic brought the house down in the fourth quarter when he made five-straight three-pointers. That tied a personal best for Peja and a franchise record set in November 2007. But the goofiness certainly didn't end there.
As mentioned, Julian Wright said he was surprised when he heard that we would be in the starting lineup. That ofcourse meant that Wright would be introduced to the crowd, which he followed up by doing his pre-game dance. But for the first time (that I can remember, at least) arena cameras caught Byron Scott reacting to dance: a sly grin and a shake of his head.
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