Posted: Dec 26, 2010 9:53 PM
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS -- Chris Paul scored 22 points -- 13 in the pivotal third quarter -- and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks 93-86 on Sunday night.
Paul was 10 of 17 from the field and also had eight assists. David West scored 18 points, Emeka Okafor had 14 points and 15 rebounds, Trevor Ariza added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jarrett Jack had 10 points.
Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 23 points, Marvin Williams had 18, Josh Smith added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Paul led the way as the Hornets turned a 55-46 halftime deficit into a 74-71 lead entering the fourth quarter. They outscored the Hawks 47-31 in the second half.
Mike Bibby's 3-pointer gave the Hawks an 81-80 lead with 7 minutes remaining.
The Hornets followed with a 10-0 run in which Paul scored a basket and fed West for one of his two baskets. Jack's two free throws concluded the run and gave New Orleans a 90-81 lead with 3 minutes left.
Johnson's jumper in the lane ended Atlanta's drought and he followed with a 3-pointer that got the Hawks to 90-86 with 1:18 left.
West missed a jumper but the Hawks' Al Horford was called for a loose-ball foul on the rebound, allowing New Orleans to retain possession. Paul dribbled down the shot clock then made a fadeaway 20-footer over Horford for a 92-86 lead with 38 seconds left.
Johnson missed a jumper and Paul made one of two free throw for a seven-point lead with 19 seconds left.
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