own averaged 7.5 points in 21.1 minutes before being dealt to the Golden State Warriors in the offseason.
Before Saturday night's game, Hornets forward Desmond Mason
viewed paintings prepared by classes from Mark Twain Elementary School.
Participating students were given the "Bringing Creativity Home” art set to create 30 unique murals. Their works of art were displayed on the concourse of the Ford Center outside section 102.
Scott struggled to recall who he voted for on his coach's ballot for next month's All-Star Game in Las Vegas.
Fans chose the starters, and coaches will determine the seven reserves from the East and West squads.Coaches can not vote for their own players.
Scott said the Western Conference players he voted for included Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire
and Shawn Marion
of Phoenix, Dirk Nowitzki
of Dallas, Carlos Boozer
of Utah and Allen Iverson
•Turning the tables:
The Utah Jazz came to Oklahoma City with the NBA's fourth best record at 29-15, good for first place in the Northwest Division. But things quickly went downhill when they ran into the injury-plagued Hornets.
Less than four minutes into the game, Utah's leading scorer, Carlos Boozer
, bumped knees with Tyson Chandler
and was taken out of the game. With 10:30 left to play in the first half, the Jazz lost center Jarron Collins
when he required stitches in his upper lip. Collins returned late in third quarter, but Boozer did not.
•All-Star ballot winner: Gerod Kersey
, a 22-year-old Edmond resident, won the Hornets' All-Star ballot competition by filling out 5,717 ballots. As part of the grand prize, Kersey received a personalized Hornets jersey and a pregame locker room tour.
By John Rohde and Darnell Mayberry