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West scores 30, lifts Hornets past 76ers

DAVID West scored 30 points with 10 rebounds to lead the New Orleans Hornets to their fifth straight win, 98-91 over the Philadelphia 76ers yesterday.

West was chosen the Western Conference player of the week only hours earlier on the strength of his 28.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in four Hornets' victories. The new week brought more of the same stellar production. West scored the Hornets' first 12 points as they raced to a 13-point lead. New Orleans is on a season-high winning streak.

Led by West, the Hornets won for the seventh time in nine games since the All-Star break.

Chris Paul bounced back from a two-point first half to finish with 16 points and 12 assists.

Andre Iguodala scored 30 points and Andre Miller had 28 for Philadelphia.

Hawks 98, Wizards 89

At Washington, Marvin Williams scored 28 points as Atlanta completed a season sweep of Washington.

Al Horford added 16 points, and Joe Johnson had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who broke open a tie game with a 20-6 run that started late in the third quarter and went well into the fourth.

Antawn Jamison scored 23 points for the Wizards, who were more short-handed than usual when Caron Butler was scratched with tightness in his left hamstring. Washington fell to 0-13 against the Southeast Division, just three games away from becoming the first NBA team to go winless within its division.

Thunder 96; Mavericks 87

At Oklahoma City, Nenad Krstic scored a season-high 26 points and rookie Russell Westbrook added 17 as part of his first career triple double to lead the undermanned Oklahoma City past Dallas.

Kevin Durant (sprained ankle) and Jeff Green (back spasms) were both out, but the Thunder got Krstic's biggest scoring outing since December 2006. Westbrook had the franchise's first triple-double since an offseason move from Seattle with 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas' charge back from a 23-point deficit, and his 3-pointer from the right wing got the Mavericks back within 88-84 with 4:13 to play.

Cavaliers 107, Heat 100

At Miami, LeBron James scored 42 points and Mo Williams got 17 of his 30 in the fourth quarter as Cleveland rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat Miami.

Dwyane Wade had 41 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Miami, strongly following up his 46-point effort two nights earlier against the New York Knicks, when the Heat rallied from 15 points down in the last 9 minutes.

Williams got the comeback going with two huge 3-pointers to spark a 12-0 run that erased what seemed like a comfortable lead midway through the final period. And James sealed it with 42.7 seconds left, blowing past Jamario Moon for a fierce right-handed slam to put the Cavs up 100-95.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds for Cleveland.


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