The AP reports:

Chris Paul returns for Hornets

The New Orleans Hornets enjoyed one of their best nights of the NBA season, routing Dallas 115-99 and welcoming back injured star Chris Paul after a 25-game absence.

Marcus Thornton scored 28 points while David West added 25 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, whose 23-0 run late in the second quarter and early in the third proved decisive against the Southwest division leaders.

Paul started and scored 11 points and added three assists in 21 minutes, but his time was limited by Hornets coach Jeff Bower in his first game back after a left knee injury.

“I was just happy to get out there on the court,” Paul said. “I wasn’t worrying about scoring or anything like that. I just wanted to try to get the feel back and get the win.”