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Paul helps New Orleans Hornets to sting Utah Jazz with win

New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul, left, guards Utah Jazz's Deron Williams in the first half of their NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Louisiana on F...

New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul, left, guards Utah Jazz's Deron Williams in the first half of their NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Louisiana on F...

Chris Paul had 24 points and 16 assists to propel the New Orleans Hornets to a 110-98 home win over the Utah Jazz on Friday.
A 38-point first quarter in which Paul scored 13 points gave the Hornets a lead they never lost.
"I saw a very aggressive basketball team right from the start," Hornets coach Byron Scott told reporters. "I don't know if you can keep up that aggressiveness and intensity for 48 minutes, but for that 12 minutes it was really outstanding."
Utah rally
David West added 25 points and 13 rebounds and Peja Stojakovic contributed 20 points for the Hornets.
Utah, at one point trailing by 27 points, rallied to within 89-84 with 6:09 remaining but New Orleans then threw a 17-9 run at the Jazz to take a 106-93 lead with 2:03 left.
"They (the Hornets) were the aggressor all night long," said Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. "When you're not ready to attack them, you can't expect to win."
Mehmet Okur and Deron Williams paced Utah, Okur finishing with 23 points and 13 rebounds and Williams adding 22 points and 10 assists.
In other NBA action on Friday: Indiana 122, Toronto 111; Atlanta 99, New York 93; Boston 108, Charlotte 100; Cleveland 92, Minnesota 84; Washington 97, Chicago 91; Houston 116, Memphis 95; Dallas 115, Sacramento 106; Miami 103, Seattle 93; Denver 110, L.A. Clippers 104; Portland 119, L.A. Lakers 111; Golden State 119, Philadelphia 97.


Updated : 2021-08-01 06:24 GMT+08:00