NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Chris Paul(notes) had the kind of help the injury-plagued Golden State Warriors simply cannot give Monta Ellis at this point.
Paul capped a 20-point performance with a turnaround fadeaway with 12.6 seconds left, and the New Orleans Hornets handed undermanned Golden State its seventh straight loss, 108-102 on Wednesday night.
Emeka Okafor(notes) had 10 points and 14 rebounds for New Orleans, which relied on its height advantage in the front court to outrebound Golden State 52-38, with 18 offensive rebounds leading to 22 second-chance points. David West(notes) scored 14 points and Peja Stojakovic(notes) had 13 to help the Hornets (13-14) pull within a game of .500 heading into a two-day Christmas break.
“We just tried to take advantage of them inside,” Paul said. “That is why we tried to get the ball into D-West and Emeka.”
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