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Brown, Paul lead Hornets to 91-87 win at Utah

By Doug Alden, AP Sports Writer | Posted - Jan. 4, 2010 at 10:11 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Chris Paul stole the ball and drove for a layup with 27 seconds left to help New Orleans end a late threat by the Jazz and seal a 91-87 win Monday night, the Hornets' first in Utah in almost four years.

Paul scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half and Devin Brown finished with a career-high 30 points as the Hornets overcame 19 turnovers and ended a six-game losing streak at Utah.

New Orleans outscored Utah 25-11 in the third quarter and never let the Jazz regain the lead.

Deron Williams had 17 points and 11 assists, giving him 3,003 assists for his career, and Carlos Boozer added 18 points and 14 rebounds for Utah, which lost its third straight.

Andrei Kirilenko and C.J. Miles added 15 points apiece for Utah.

New Orleans had a sloppy first half and trailed by four, but flustered the Jazz in the third quarter. Utah was just 5 for 20 from the floor in the period and never recovered.

David West had 20 points and nine rebounds and James Posey scored 12 for the Hornets, who hadn't won in Utah since February 2006.

West hit a 14-footer to put New Orleans up 81-79, breaking the last tie of the game, and start a 7-0 run. Brown followed with a 3-pointer, then after another miss by the Jazz, Paul pulled up for a jumper that put the Hornets up 86-79 with 2:13 left.

Utah called timeout and Miles made it 86-82 with a 3-pointer. The Jazz had a chance to get it closer when Williams stole the ball in the lane, but Paul stole it right back and drove for a layup that gave the Hornets an 88-82 lead with 27 seconds left.

The Jazz led 51-47 at halftime, then opened the third quarter 1 for 13 from the floor as the Hornets pulled ahead for their first lead on a 13-4 run. Brown hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 53, then after a miss by Williams, Brown drew a foul and made both free throws to give New Orleans its first lead at 55-53 with 6:54 left in the third.

The Hornets also closed the period on a 9-5 run, which stood at 9-2 until Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to get Utah within 69-62 entering the fourth.

It could have been a much more memorable night for Williams, who got a standing ovation when the Jazz announced during a timeout in the third quarter that he had made his 3,000th career assist, making him just the fourth Jazz player to reach the milestone. John Stockton, who holds the NBA record with 15,806, Karl Malone and Rickey Green are the others.

Williams reached 3,000 on a pass to Kirilenko for a layup that got the Jazz within 60-57 with 3:03 left in the third quarter.

But the Hornets kept their composure when Utah rallied in the fourth.

The Hornets had 13 turnovers in the first half, allowing the Jazz to score 12 easy points. Miles caused one of them when he picked off a pass from Darius Songaila and none of the Hornets even bothered to try and stop him. Miles saw he was all alone and took time for a little showboating with a 360-degree dunk that got a loud response from the Jazz fans.

By the end, they were booing for the second game in a row.

NOTES: New Orleans got back to .500 at 16-16. ... Two of the Hornets' seven turnovers in the first quarter were for shot clock violations. ... Brown, who played one season for the Jazz, had never scored 25 before. ... Utah's 13 turnovers were half as many as the Jazz's season high Saturday in a home loss to Denver.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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