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NBA Game Summary - Dallas at New Orleans/Oklahoma City

(Saturday, December 16th)

Final Score: Dallas 90, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 79

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Josh Howard poured in 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki posted 20 points with 10 boards to lead Dallas past New Orleans/Oklahoma City, 90-79.

Devin Harris scored 13 points and Jason Terry added 12 for the Mavericks, who have won three straight.

Dallas finished 42.5 percent from the floor.

Chris Paul netted a game-high 30 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out eight assists for the Hornets, who have dropped two in a row and four of their last five.

Rasual Butler donated 19 points and had three steals while Marc Jackson contributed 13 points off the bench in defeat.

"We're trying to find a way to get it done," Butler said. "We made a few mistakes on the defensive end than we needed to against a real good team."

Dallas opened the game with a 13-4 spurt and finished the quarter with a 26-16 lead after Howard drained two free throws.

New Orleans trailed 38-31 with 3:05 left in the second but scored nine of the final 11 points in the frame -- seven of which came from Butler -- to knot the game at 40.

Devean George's trey capped an 8-0 scamper at the end of the third frame to put the Mavericks up, 70-58 entering the fourth.

The Hornets cut within four, 76-72 on Paul's three midway through the final quarter. However, Harris hit a driving layup and Howard followed with a trey to extend Dallas' lead to nine with just under three minutes to play.

New Orleans shot 41 percent from the field.

Game Notes

Howard finished 7-of-14 shooting and Nowitzki, who also had five helpers, went 9-of-20...Erick Dampier scored eight points with nine boards for Dallas...Hornets coach Byron Scott is 0-17 all-time against the Mavericks.

12/16 23:24:00 ET

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