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"You try trapping him but he backs out of it and splits it," Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell said of Paul. "He made some passes tonight and I don't even see how he found the guy and he didn't miss any shots. They've got great shooters and some nights you have to hope the guys don't shoot the ball as well."

Last night was not one of those nights. Paul, who had just nine points but 11 assists coming out of the first half, wound up with 20 points and 16 helpers despite playing only three minutes of the fourth quarter.

"He just makes the right plays," Mitchell said. "I can't tell you one time tonight that he didn't make the right play."
Paul making his case

Paul is averaging 21.6 points a game in addition to a league-leading 11.3 assists a night. His 2.71 steals average also tops the league.

Whether those numbers will be enough is the question making the rounds in NBA circles these days.
Thomas denies interest in Indiana

Thomas, whose Knicks have lost seven of eight and 14 of 16, has a 53-102 record in two seasons with the Knicks. Though he helped Indiana win the 1981 NCAA championship, Thomas has never coached in college.

Stinging loss for Raps

With Paul engineering an offence the way few, if any, NBA point guards can, the New Orleans Hornets shredded the Raptors 118-111 at the Air Canada Centre last night, demonstrating that they did not become the best team in the hyper-competitive Western Conference on some fluke.

They did it on the sublime talents of the 6-foot Paul, the choreographer of an offence that shot 60 per cent against the Raptors an offence that really didn't do anything too flashy but had Toronto befuddled for almost the entire night.
Mo Pete feels the love in return to T.O.

Asked afterward if the experience was everything he'd hoped it would be, he said no, that "it was more, it was even better ... I can't even put it into words. That's why I went up and kissed the floor. It was spontaneous. I was just going to wave to the crowd. But something told me to kiss the floor."

Everywhere he went last night Peterson met with smiles and hearty greetings, returning embraces and handshakes. "It's just good to be in an environment you've been in for seven years, somewhere you consider home."

Raptors stung

With about four minutes left in the third quarter, Chris Paul, the New Orleans Hornets' water bug of a point guard, zipped right and then zipped left before lofting a high, gentle pass to his teammate, Tyson Chandler, who crushed home a dunk before anyone in a Toronto Raptors uniform knew what happened.

Anthony Parker looked at his Raptors bench as if to say, "What now?"

Raptors still doormats for Western powers

There is some good news. The Raptors, who are a half-game up on Philadelphia for sixth place in the Eastern Conference thanks to the 76ers' loss in Cleveland Sunday, play no more teams from the Western Conference.
Paul takes throne from Nash

There's no easy way to say this, so we'll let Jack Armstrong do it for us.

"I'm probably committing sacrilege by saying this," says the incisive Raptors broadcaster, "but I think Chris Paul is the best point guard in the game today."

West, Paul guide Hornets to 50 wins

New Orleans used an 18-2 run in the third quarter to put away the Raptors (37-36), just two days after a poor third-quarter performance doomed the Hornets against the Celtics. The Hornets are 37-2 in games in which they score 100 or more points, and against the Raptors they led 101-79 after three quarters.
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