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NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Oklahoma City

(Wednesday, January 6th)

Final Score: New Orleans 97, Oklahoma City 92

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - David West finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, as the New Orleans Hornets edged the Oklahoma City Thunder, 97-92, at the Ford Center.

Emeka Okafor chipped in with 15 points and eight boards, while Chris Paul ended with 14 points and 13 assists for the Hornets, who claimed a 91-87 win at Utah on Monday and have won four straight.

Peja Stojakovic and Devin Brown ended with 12 and 11 points, respectively, for New Orleans, which shot 49.3 percent from the floor.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 27 points and Jeff Green had 20 points for Oklahoma City, which was unable to build off a 98-85 victory at Chicago on Monday. Nenad Krstic and Russell Westbrook each had 11 points with Westbrook adding nine assists.

With the game deadlocked at 87-all at the midway portion of the fourth quarter, Darius Songaila drained a pair from the stripe to put New Orleans in front. Paul then hit a jumper with 3:03 to play, giving the Hornets a five- point lead, 93-88, but Oklahoma City responded.

"Chris Paul made some good plays down the stretch," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "They did a better job of executing down there in the fourth quarter. It's part of our growth at getting better, the execution in the fourth quarter."

Durant's two free throws, coupled with Westbrook's putback layup made it a one-point game, 93-92 with 52 seconds remaining.

Paul answered with a finger roll on New Orleans' next trip for a three-point advantage with only 11.1 seconds left.

The Thunder called time out to diagram a play, but Westbrook's three from the corner was well off the mark with a second left on the clock. After being forced to foul, James Posey iced the game with two from the line.

After an evenly played 23-23 opening quarter, Brown's jumper just prior to the second quarter buzzer put New Orleans ahead 48-46 at the break.

The third remained tight and despite Paul's two free throws in the last 13 seconds, Oklahoma City was up by a slim 81-79 score after three quarters.

Game Notes

The Hornets have won 10 straight against the Oklahoma City franchise and haven't lost to them since a 102-94 setback on December 26, 2006 when they were known as the Seattle SuperSonics...Posey finished with nine points and five rebounds.

01/07 02:11:47 ET

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