Oklahoman Published: February 9, 2007
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had a simple explanation for his recent surge.

"To be totally honest with you, I looked up and I was in sixth place in rebounding,” Chandler said.

"And I said, ‘OK, it's time for me to turn it up.' So I tried to kick it up a notch and grab every one. My goal is to grab 13, 14 plus a game for the rest of the season.”

Coming out strong: The Hornets led the Bucks 27-25 after the first quarter Thursday night.

It marked a nice change from their previous two games, when the Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets combined to outscore them 71-46 in the first period.

"It starts on the defensive end of the floor,” Desmond Mason said. "If we get stops, that fuels our offense. But when we don't get stops we put ourselves behind the 8-ball every single time. And in the past couple of games we just hadn't got stops, and that's enabled guys to score big numbers in the first quarter.”

West's ankle affecting shooting touch: Hornets forward David West still has lingering effects from when he rolled his left ankle on Jan. 24. West's has yet to regain all of his mobility and explosiveness.

"I think it's showing in his shot more than anything else,” Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "He's missing shots that he normally makes. But it's not something that I'm real, real concerned about.”

West entered Thursday night shooting 39.6 percent in his past eight games.

Overtime perfection: With Wednesday's 114-112 victory over Denver, the Hornets are now 3-0 in overtime games this season.

"Hopefully we can play 29 more of them,” Scott deadpanned. "I would love (having) it a little bit easier, though.”

By Darnell Mayberry and John Rohde

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