Hornets are red-hot, edge Thunder, 9 straight wins
Paul, West lift surging Hornets over Thunder -- The AP reports: Chris Paul made a critical steal with just more than 10 seconds left, David West swished a 17-foot fadeaway with 0.5 on the clock and the New Orleans Hornets pulled out their ninth straight victory, 91-89 over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. Paul finished with 24 points, nine assists and three steals. West had 20 points for New Orleans, which overcame a 15-point first-half hole and then held Oklahoma City to one basket during the final 4:19. Kevin Durant scored 22 points for the Thunder but missed all five of his shots in the fourth quarter, including several in the final minutes as the Hornets erased a late four-point deficit with a couple of jumpers by West, who hit New Orleans’ final four baskets on jumpers of 16 feet or more. Emeka Okafor added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Hornets (30-16), who opened the season with an eight-game winning streak. Now, they have their longest winning streak of the season and the longest active streak in the NBA.
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