NBA Roundup: Paul leads Hornets over Bobcats
Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 11, 2008
The NBA roundup …
NEW ORLEANS ó Chris Paul had 15 points and 15 assists, and the New Orleans Hornets won for the seventh time in eight games, 105-89 over the trade-depleted Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
David West and Peja Stojakovic each scored 17 points for New Orleans (12-6), which led by as many as 23 points in the second quarter and held a comfortable lead the rest of the way. Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 11 rebounds before all the starters left the game for the final period.
Rookie D.J. Augustin scored a career-high 28 points to lead Charlotte, which took the floor with a depleted lineup shortly after a multiplayer trade that sent leading scorer Jason Richardson to Phoenix.
Cavs 101, 76ers 93PHILADELPHIA ó LeBron James scored 29 points, Mo Williams added a season-high 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to their 10th consecutive victory, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 101-93 on Wednesday night.
Anderson Varejao added 15 points, and Ben Wallace had 10 rebounds for the Central Division-leading Cavaliers, who improved to 19-3 and 7-3 on the road. They are one win shy of tying the franchise record of 11 straight wins set during the 1988-89 season.
Knicks 121, Nets 109
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ó Al Harrington scored a season-high 39 points for New York, and fellow former New Jersey prep star Tim Thomas added 26.
Harrington, who played at St. Patrick’s in Elizabeth, was acquired from Golden State, and Thomas, who starred at Patterson Catholic, came over from the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 21 as the Knicks cleared salary-cap space for the summer of 2010.
Devin Harris scored 32 points for the Nets.
Raptors 101, Pacers 88
TORONTO ó Jason Kapono scored a season-high 25 points, Chris Bosh added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Toronto snapped a five-game losing streak to improve to 1-3 since interim coach Jay Triano took over for the fired Sam Mitchell.
Grizzlies 108, Thunder 102
OKLAHOMA CITY ó Rudy Gay had 22 points and O.J. Mayo added 18 points to pass Magic Johnson for the third longest streak of double-figure games to start a career at 22. Only Dan Issel (27) and Bobby Jones (24) had longer streaks.