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News » Harris outduels Paul, but Hornets' star silences Nets

Harris outduels Paul, but Hornets' star silences Nets

Harris outduels Paul, but Hornets' star silences Nets

Game Time: Hornets 99, Nets 96

This game promised to be a scintillating matchup between the two highest scoring speed-point-guards in the league: Devin Harris (22.3 ppg) and Chris Paul (21.5 ppg).

After a dull, rather listless beginning — and despite the favorable total stats posted by Harris — it was CP3 who led his team to victory.

If Harris had a better overall shooting percentage — 9-20 to Paul's 6-18 — neither of them had much success with their jumpers. In fact, the Nets routinely went under most of the high screen/rolls that involved Paul, daring him to shoot — which he did, hitting only 3-13. Meanwhile, Harris' jumper was appreciably better — 3-7 — and it should be noted that two of his missed jays were desperation 40-foot flings under severe time pressure. In any event, Harris' release is a tad smoother than his counterpart's.

Charlie Tyra (New York and Chicago, 1957-62), but I was not as athletic, had worse hands, and had a slightly better mid-range jumper.

Travels with Charley

Growing up in the Bronx, I was a Knicks fan. My favorite player was Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton (whose real name was actually Clifton Nathaniel), an ex-Globbie and exceptional defender. In fact, the 6-5 Sweets was only player in the league who could control the offensive output of George Mikan.

Anyway, my second favorite Knick was Al McGuire. The older brother of the vastly more talented Dick, Al was a big-time hustler both on and off the court.

The Knicks-Celtics matchups were always hot stuff back then, but one game in particular had me squirming in anticipation for several days before it was played.

It seems that Al, who was truly little more than a scrub and a hatchet man, boasted in the press that, the next time New York hosted Boston, he guaranteed that he would hold Bob Cousy without a field goal.

Say, what? The Cooz? The best guard in the league? Without a field goal?

This I had to see.

So I used my school-issued GO card (if you don't remember these, never mind), paid twelve cents to gain admission, settled into one of the nosebleed seats, and watched the game unfold.

The Knicks won the opening tip and Clifton scored on a long two-handed set shot (hurray!). Then the Celtics inbounded the ball to Cousy, who started to dribble toward the time-line. But A. McGuire rushed up and blatantly hacked Cousy in the backcourt. According to the rules then in effect, Cousy was awarded one free throw — which he made.

Over the course of the game, the same pattern was repeated five more times. Al wound up with six fouls — and succeeded in "holding" Cousy to six free throws.

Mission accomplished.

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