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Oklahoman Published: February 9, 2007
Slowly but surely road gets easier
The Hornets returned to Oklahoma City for Thursday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks after finishing a three-game road trip at 2-1. They improved their road record to 8-16 and appear to have figured out how to win in opponents' buildings.

"I think we're slowly but surely figuring it out,” Tyson Chandler said. "This team has been through a lot as far as players coming in and out of the lineup. Every time you take somebody out and put somebody in, it changes the flow and pace of the game. So I think we're just going through a bunch of adapting.”

Before Saturday's win at Houston, the Hornets had lost 10 of their past 12 road games dating back to Nov. 22. Four of their road wins came in the season's first three weeks.

"We can win on the road, we proved that early in the year,” forward Rasual Butler said. "It was unfortunate that we had a bunch of injuries at one time. It's not an excuse, but I think that confidence was still there. And the healthier we got, we showed that we can still win on the road.”

Jackson has broken left thumb: Hornets guard Bobby Jackson has a broken left thumb, explaining much of his struggles of the past three weeks. Jackson said he sustained the injury on Jan. 19 against the San Antonio Spurs, the first game in which he returned from a rib injury that caused him to miss 21 of 22 games.

"I just didn't talk about it,” Jackson said. "But it's affected my shooting and my ball-handling the most. It's nothing you can do about it. It's painful, so I just try to block it out and go out and play.”

Jackson said team doctors advised him that the injury would take three to five weeks to completely heal. Before Thursday night, Jackson was averaging only 6.6 points on 26.5 percent shooting.

Chandler locked in: Entering Thursday night's game, Chandler had recorded 12 rebounds or more in eight consecutive games.

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