chris paul rises to the occasion: new orleans hornets wins game 1 over dallas mavs

the kid who carried my fantasy team to the playoffs, chris paul, made his playoffs debut against the dallas mavs. in his first playoff game, cp3 did not do well... he did great.

halftime, the hornets are down by twelve and german sharpshooter dirk nowitzki had been imposing his will on the hornets. when the second half came around, it was all chris paul as the mvp candidate put together a 7-0 run all by himself.

but the come-from-behind win would not have been possible without support from david west who scored 23 points and grabbed 8 boards. tyson chandler has a double-double to show for with 10 points and 15 rebounds. peja stojakovic scored 14 for the hornets. chris paul had a great nigh with 35 points, 10 assists, 4 steals, and only a single turnover.

dallas need other guys to step up if they want to move to the second round of the playoffs. game 1 of their showdown with the hornets saw only three mavs in double figures. nowitzki had 31, josh howard with 17, and jason kidd with 11.