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Paul's last-second 3 lifts Hornets over Pacers 103-100

CHRIS Paul capped a 27-point performance with an off-balance 3-pointer as time expired, lifting the New Orleans Hornets to a 103-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers yesterday.

Peja Stojakovic hit five 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 26 points for New Orleans. The Hornets started the game without David West (back) and lost center Tyson Chandler (left ankle) late in the second quarter.

Indiana's Danny Granger scored 30 points, including a tying 3 with 2.5 seconds left.

Lakers 105, Cavaliers 88

At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant had 20 points, six rebounds and 12 assists while shooting 9-of-22 and Pau Gasol led Los Angeles with 22 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Cleveland.

Andrew Bynum and Sasha Vujacic scored 14 points each and Derek Fisher added 11 for the Lakers.

LeBron James had 23 points and nine rebounds, but shot just 9-of-25. Mo Williams added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists and Sasha Pavlovic scored 12 for the Cavaliers.

Trail Blazers 102, Bucks 85

At Portland, Oregon, Greg Oden had a career-high 24 points and added 15 rebounds as Portland downed Milwaukee.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers.

Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva had 23 points each for the Bucks, who have lost two straight. Villanueva also had 10 rebounds.

Pistons 87, Grizzlies 79

At Memphis, Tennessee, Allen Iverson scored 27 points to help Detroit beat Memphis and end its longest losing streak in five seasons.

Rasheed Wallace scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half to help bring Detroit's five-game skid to an end.

O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 15 points apiece and rookie center Marc Gasol had 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Celtics 104, Suns 87

At Boston, Rajon Rondo scored 23 points in the first three quarters, and Ray Allen scored 20 before sitting out the fourth.

Kevin Garnett had 16 points with eight rebounds, and Paul Pierce had 12 points with eight rebounds and eight assists to help Boston take a 64-34 halftime lead.

Shaquille O'Neal scored 16 with 11 rebounds for Phoenix, which had won seven of its last 10. Amare Stoudemire, the Suns' leading scorer, had just three points on 0-for-7 shooting.

Knicks 102, Bulls 98

At New York, Chris Duhon scored with 31.2 seconds left to help the New York Knicks beat his former team Chicago.

Duhon, questionable with back spasms before the game, drove around two defenders to put the Knicks up 99-98. He then hit two free throws with 22.8 seconds remaining to extend the lead to three after Bulls rookie Derrick Rose missed on a drive.

Duhon finished with 19 points Luol Deng and Rose each had 20 for Chicago.

Mavericks 95, 76ers 93

At Philadelphia, Dirk Nowitzki hit a turnaround 17-foot jump shot at the buzzer and finished with 24 points to help Dallas snap Philadelphia's season-high seven-game winning streak.

Jason Kidd had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Jason Terry added 20 and Josh Howard had 10 for the Mavericks (24-17).

Lou Williams scored 25 points, while Andre Iguodala had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers (20-21), who are trying to climb above .500 for the first time since Nov. 23 when they were 7-6.

Andre Miller added 12 points for Philadelphia, whose four-game home winning streak ended.

Hawks 87, Raptors 84

At Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 28 points, including a key jump shot with 12.5 seconds left and Mike Bibby added 23 for Atlanta, which was missing two injured starters.

Josh Smith, the Hawks' only healthy regular up front, had 22 points and 14 rebounds.

Toronto lost its sixth in a row. Chris Bosh had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Andrea Bargnani had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Rockets 115, Nuggets 113

At Houston, Yao Ming scored 31 points and Rafer Alston added 18 points and 11 assists as Houston edged Denver.

Denver's Kenyon Martin missed two foul shots with 2.6 seconds left, and Yao rebounded to clinch the win.

Von Wafer had 18 and Luis Scola 16 for the Rockets.

J.R. Smith scored 24, Nene had 23 and Martin had 22 for the Nuggets.

Spurs 86, Bobcats 84

At Charlotte, North Carolina, Tim Duncan blocked Raymond Felton's tying shot attempt in the frantic final seconds as San Antonio beat Charlotte.

Duncan had 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and produced the game's biggest defensive play after his own shot was blocked by Emeka Okafor with 10 seconds left. Tony Parker added 13 points and 10 assists for the Spurs.

Raja Bell scored 25 points in his best offensive performance since being acquired by the Bobcats last month. Diaw added 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Timberwolves 94, Clippers 86

At Los Angeles, Al Jefferson scored 20 points and tied a season high with 17 rebounds, and Craig Smith also had 20 points to lead Minnesota past the Los Angeles Clippers.

Rookie Eric Gordon led Los Angeles with 25 points and reserve Steve Novak had a career-high 18.¤

Warriors 119, Wizards 98

At Oakland, California, Jamal Crawford had 28 points and eight assists, and Stephen Jackson added 26 points in Golden State's win over Washington.

Corey Maggette scored 16 points for the Warriors, who had won three of four just once previously in their disappointing season. Golden State comfortably held off the Wizards, hitting 13 3-pointers and making 53 percent of its shots against Washington's sketchy defense.

Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Andray Blatche scored 22 points apiece for the Wizards, who lost for the seventh time in eight games.


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