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NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at New Orleans

(Wednesday, March 5th)

Final Score: New Orleans 116, Atlanta 101

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Chris Paul had 23 points and 18 assists as the New Orleans Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks, 116-101.

Peja Stojakovic drilled seven three-pointers and finished with 29 points and nine rebounds for the Hornets, who made a franchise-high 15 three's.

"It's tough to overcome something like that," said Hawks coach Mike Woodson. "They made shots. It seemed like deja vu all over again. Last night guys were shooting threes and making them. Chris Paul is phenomenal. He gets guys where they need to be offensively, and they make plays off of him."

Jannero Pargo added 22 points and Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 16 boards for New Orleans, which has won four of five. Rookie Julian Wright added a career-high 13 points for the Hornets, who were without All-Star forward David West (sore left ankle).

"We wanted to pick up his slack collectively as a group," said Pargo. "The whole team needed to do a little bit extra to make up for the absence of him."

Joe Johnson scored 24 points and Mike Bibby added 21 for the Hawks, who have lost three straight. Josh Smith and Josh Childress donated 12 points each for Atlanta.

Paul's three with 5:34 left in the opening quarter put the Hornets ahead for good, 14-13. His fadeaway with four seconds left in the quarter gave New Orleans a 28-20 lead heading into the second.

The Hornets opened the second with a 9-2 run. Pargo's triple with 9:01 to go in the stanza gave New Orleans a 37-22 lead.

The Hawks were able to get within 58-49 at the half but New Orleans built its lead to 17 in the third.

Stojakovic's jumper with 35 seconds left before the final quarter put the Hornets up 88-71. Atlanta trailed 88-73 after three quarters and never got within single-digits in the fourth.

Game Notes

Atlanta shot 51.3 percent, New Orleans shot 47.5...The Hornets finished 15- of-29 (51.7 percent) from three-point range, the Hawks were 4-of-12 (33 percent) from downtown...New Orleans outrebounded Atlanta 45-40 and forced 14 turnovers while only committing nine...The Hawks were 17-of-26 from the foul line, the Hornets went 7-of-9...New Orleans' Bonzi Wells (bruised Achilles tendon) missed his second straight game and fourth out of the last five...Hornets signed free agent forward/center Chris Andersen earlier in the day.

03/06 00:59:17 ET

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