NBA: Paul paces Hornets
NEW ORLEANS ó Chris Paul scored 20 points and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Golden State Warriors their seventh straight loss, 108-102 on Wednesday.
Emeka Okafor had 10 points and 14 rebounds for New Orleans, which trailed late in the third quarter before surging ahead for good with a 13-2 run.
Monta Ellis scored 35 points and Corey Maggette had 22 points with 10 rebounds for undermanned Golden State, which used only seven players because of injuries.
Stephen Curry added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors.
Magic 102, Rockets 87
ORLANDO, Fla. ó Dwight Howard had 20 rebounds and 13 points for the Magic.
Jameer Nelson added 15 points in his first start since Nov. 16.
Carl Landry had 20 points and Aaron Brooks finished with 17 for the Rockets.
Heat 80, Jazz 70
MIAMI ó Dwyane Wade scored 29 points and Miami held Utah to its lowest offensive output of the season.
Udonis Haslem added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, which improved to 11-1 against Utah since the start of the 2004-05 season.
Deron Williams scored 18 points and Carlos Boozer had 14 ó 12 of those in the opening minutes.
Raptors 94, Pistons 64
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ó Andrea Bargnani scored 21 points, and Hedo Turkoglu added 11 points with a season-best 11 assists.
Detroit matched the lowest point total in franchise history. The Pistons were without Ben Gordon (ankle), Richard Hamilton (hamstring) and Tayshaun Prince (back).
Timberwolves 103, Nets 99
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ó Al Jefferson scored a season-high 27 points and Minnesota got a favorable videotape review in the final minute of a matchup between the NBA’s worst teams.
Jonny Flynn added 22 points and Kevin Love had 13 points and 16 rebounds as Minnesota (6-24) swept the two-game season series with New Jersey (2-27).
The key moment for Minnesota came with 25.6 seconds to play when the officials reversed a ruling that said the ball went out of bounds off the leg of Wolves swingman Corey Brewer.
Brewer, who added 17 points, was fouled on the ensuing inbound play and hit two free throws to give Minnesota a 101-97 lead.
Wizards 109, Bucks 97
MILWAUKEE ó Antawn Jamison had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Earl Boykins scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Trail Blazers 98, Spurs 94
SAN ANTONIO ó Jerryd Bayless scored 31 points in his first start for injured Brandon Roy.
BOSTON ó Paul Pierce had fluid drained from his right knee and will miss the next two weeks.
Pierce did not make the flight to Orlando for a Christmas Day game against the Magic one day after Kevin Garnett missed his first game of the season with a thigh bruise. BOBCATS
CHARLOTTE ó Charlotte center Tyson Chandler has a stress reaction in his left foot and will be out at least a week. Nazr Mohammed is expected to start in Chandler’s spot.
NEW YORK ó Plans to build a new arena for the Nets as part of a large development are gaining momentum after six contentious years, but opponents say they’ll keep trying to stop the project.
A developer signed key documents letting the proposed $4.9 billion, 22-acre Atlantic Yards development proceed as a state agency moved to condemn some property needed for the Brooklyn project.
LOS ANGELES ó Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been cleared for tougher workouts on his injured left knee, moving the No. 1 draft pick closer to his NBA debut.