New Orleans Hornets Secure A NBA Playoff Berth

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While it wasn’t always pretty, the New Orleans Hornets played like a playoff team when it mattered most. After allowing a season-high 38 first quarter points Wednesday night to Southwest Division rival Houston, the Hornets were able to claw their way back to a 101-93 victory, clinching a playoff berth.

Despite winning only 37 games last season, witnessing the turnover of more than half the roster, playing for a rookie head coach, enduring a turbulent ownership transfer and rumors of relocation and also losing key players like Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza and David West for large chunks of the season, the Hornets will be going back to the playoffs for the sixth time since relocating to New Orleans.

“Coach [Monty Williams] just kept believing and kept fighting and we’re here,” Chris Paul said after the game.
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Hornets’ Williams, Bulls Thibodeau Named Coach of the Month

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The Chicago Bulls’ Tom Thibodeau and the New Orleans Hornets’ Monty Williams today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in January.

Thibodeau led the Bulls to a 12-4 record on the month, including a 90-79 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics on Jan. 8. The Bulls have gone 11-0 against Central Division opponents, and are the only team in the NBA without a division loss. Chicago’s 44.5 rebounds per game rank second in the NBA, and its 92.0 points allowed per game rank third.

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