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Scott Wants to Stay in Oklahoma

January 26, 2006|From the Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Coach Byron Scott of the New Orleans Hornets said Wednesday night that he would rather have the team return to Oklahoma City than go back to New Orleans next season.

"I would love to play here," Scott said after the Hornets' 84-68 loss to San Antonio at Oklahoma City's Ford Center.

"I would love to stay here and play in Oklahoma City next year. I think our guys are at home here. I think the fans have been unbelievable. Out of our 12 home wins, I think the fans out there have won half of them. So, I would prefer to stay here next year."

The Hornets are 12-7 in Oklahoma this season and have already exceeded their win total from last season. After going 18-64 last season, the Hornets are 20-22 this season, following the loss to the Spurs.

The Spurs handed them their worst defeat in Oklahoma City. The Hornets set a season low in scoring and gave the standing-room only crowd of 19,289 little to cheer about.

Tony Parker's steal sparked an 11-2 run that put the game away in the third quarter. By the time Nazr Mohammed made two free throws with 1:34 left in the quarter, the Spurs led, 62-40.

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