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was feeling it, Suns guard Vince Carter said. was just his night. He was hitting shots, contested shots. He had a few a few open shots. He got in the paint and hit some tough shots. Good for him.
is one of those guys who comes in and works hard every day, Hornets point guard Chris Paul said. I said early in the season, Willie is a guy that used to guard me every time I used to play against him. Great to see him in a zone like that.
Green passed Anthony Mason previous record of 11 consecutive shots as well as Tyson Chandler and Darren Collison, who both made 10 straight field goals.
Green started the game 12 of 12, setting a Hornets franchise record for consecutive shots made, and helped guide New Orleans to a comfortable 109 97 win over the Phoenix Suns in the penultimate home game of the regular season.
At that point, Green was a pedestrian 1 of 1. He went 5 for 5 in the second quarter to finish the half 6 of 6. But then teammate Carl Landry also was rolling, ending the opening 24 minutes shooting 100 percent.
When there were few storyline heading into Friday game the Hornets (46 33) clinched a postseason berth two nights earlier Green gave those in the Hornet Nest a reason to be thankful they came out.
Then the barrage quickened pace.
No one had any clue what was about to happen.
Said Green, was happy with making the shot and then getting back on defense and getting the charge. All of it collectively together because that something we stress. Even though we doing things we capable of on offense, defense is our pillar.
With 6:40 to play, Green hits a 3 pointer. With 5:58 on the clock, it was a 17 foot jumper.
pointer that was the opening salvo in a quarter to remember, with 10:56 to play. The shot gave New Orleans a double digit lead it wouldn relinquish.
knew I was in a rhythm, Green said afterward. knew I was in a zone. But I didn know I was 12 for 12. It was a good feeling. I had it going and I was trying to keep it going. I was just trying to be aggressive. finished the game 12 of 17 for 31 points with four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Two minutes later, Green put up a 15 foot step back jumper to give the Hornets a 12 point advantage.
Green hit his only shot in the third and it was a preview of the final 12 minutes. Guarded closely, he tossed up a 12 foot fade away and suddenly he was 6 for 6 and the buzz started.
always been like that, Williams said. has games where he hasn shot the ball well, but he still tries to defend. That's just who Willie is. He's been a leader for us all year from that standpoint, playing the game the right way.
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take a 31 30 lead at the end of the first quarter.
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