NBA Wrap: Night of the Scoring Point Guard

Chris Paul capped a 27-point performance with an off-balance 3-pointer as time expired, lifting the hobbled New Orleans Hornets to a 103-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday.

Peja Stojakovic hit five 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 26 points for New Orleans. The Hornets started the game without David West (back) and lost center Tyson Chandler (left ankle) late in the second quarter.

Indiana's Danny Granger scored 30 points, including a tying 3 with 2.5 seconds left, after which he pounded his chest with his right fist. Moments later, he was slumped over, head hanging, as the Hornets mobbed Paul following his winning shot.

Pistons 87, Grizzlies 79
Allen Iverson scored 27 points to help Detroit end its longest losing streak in five seasons.

Rasheed Wallace scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half to help bring Detroit's five-game skid to an end.

The Grizzlies lost their sixth straight and for the 14th time in 16 games.

Memphis missed 10 of its final 12 attempts. In the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies were 4-of-20 and didn't make a shot in the game's final 2:55.

O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 15 points apiece and rookie center Marc Gasol had 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Celtics 104, Suns 87
Rajon Rondo scored 23 points in the first three quarters, and Ray Allen scored 20 before sitting out the fourth.

Kevin Garnett had 16 points with eight rebounds, and Paul Pierce had 12 points with eight rebounds and eight assists to help Boston take a 64-34 halftime lead. The Celtics have won five straight since a 2-7 slump that was the worst stretch of the new Big Three era.

Shaquille O'Neal scored 16 with 11 rebounds for Phoenix, which had won seven of its last 10. Amare Stoudemire, the Suns' leading scorer, had just three points on 0-for-7 shooting.

Knicks 102, Bulls 98
Chris Duhon scored with 31.2 seconds left to help the New York Knicks beat his former team.

Duhon, questionable with back spasms before the game, drove around two defenders to put the Knicks up 99-98. He then hit two free throws with 22.8 seconds remaining to extend the lead to three after Bulls rookie Derrick Rose missed on a drive.

Ben Gordon, who had just eight points on 3-of-15 shooting, then shot an airball on a 3-point attempt.

Duhon finished with 19 points. It was Rose's arrival as the No. 1 overall draft pick that made Duhon expendable before this season, and the point guard signed with the Knicks as a free agent.

Luol Deng and Rose each had 20 for Chicago.

Mavericks 95, 76ers 93
Dirk Nowitzki hit a turnaround 17-foot jumper at the buzzer and finished with 24 points to help Dallas snap Philadelphia's season-high seven-game winning streak.

Jason Kidd had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Jason Terry added 20 and Josh Howard had 10 for the Mavericks (24-17).

Lou Williams scored 25 points, while Andre Iguodala had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers (20-21), who are trying to climb above .500 for the first time since Nov. 23 when they were 7-6.

Andre Miller added 12 points for Philadelphia, whose four-game home winning streak ended.

Hawks 87, Raptors 84
Joe Johnson scored 28 points, including a key jumper with 12.5 seconds left and Mike Bibby added 23 for Atlanta, which was missing two injured starters.

Josh Smith, the Hawks' only healthy regular up front, had 22 points and 14 rebounds.

Al Horford was out for the fifth straight game because of a bone bruise in his right knee. Marvin Williams was absent after sustaining a concussion in Friday night's loss at Golden State. Hawks coach Mike Woodson said he didn't know when either player would return.

Toronto lost its sixth in a row. Chris Bosh had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Andrea Bargnani had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Rockets 115, Nuggets 113
Yao Ming scored 31 points and Rafer Alston added 18 points and 11 assists.

Denver's Kenyon Martin missed two foul shots with 2.6 seconds left, and Yao rebounded to clinch the win.

Von Wafer had 18 and Luis Scola 16 for the Rockets, who have won five of their last six games and four of five since Ron Artest and Tracy McGrady were shelved to recover from nagging injuries.

J.R. Smith scored 24, Nene had 23 and Martin had 22 for the Nuggets.

Spurs 86, Bobcats 84
Tim Duncan blocked Raymond Felton's tying shot attempt in the frantic final seconds.

Duncan's rejection squirted to Boris Diaw, but he missed a game-winning 3-point attempt at the buzzer for the Bobcats, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Duncan had 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and produced the game's biggest defensive play after his own shot was blocked by Emeka Okafor with 10 seconds left.

Tony Parker added 13 points and 10 assists for the Spurs, who rallied from a nine-point third-quarter deficit for their second straight win following a 22-point loss to Philadelphia that began their three-game road trip.

Raja Bell scored 25 points in his best offensive performance since being acquired by the Bobcats last month. Diaw added 16 points and 13 rebounds in a physical, bruising game full of fouls and a brief jaw-to-jaw argument between Duncan and Charlotte's Gerald Wallace after Duncan's layup-preventing shoulder block.

Timberwolves 94, Clippers 86
Al Jefferson scored 20 points and tied a season high with 17 rebounds, and Craig Smith also had 20 points.

The Timberwolves have won seven of their last eight games after losing 15 of 17. They have won a season-high four straight on the road for the first time since December 2005, when they won five in a row away from Target Center.

Minnesota is 9-11 under Kevin McHale, who stepped down as the team's vice president of basketball operations and took over as coach for Randy Wittman on Dec. 8 — two days after the Clippers won 107-84 at Minnesota.

Rookie Eric Gordon led Los Angeles with 25 points and reserve Steve Novak had a career-high 18. The loss was the 13th in 14 games for the Clippers, coming off a 101-92 win against Milwaukee on Saturday that ended a 12-game skid.

Warriors 119, Wizards 98
Jamal Crawford had 28 points and eight assists, and Stephen Jackson added 26 points in Golden State's third win in four home games.

Corey Maggette scored 16 points for the Warriors, who had won three of four just once previously in their disappointing season. Golden State comfortably held off the Wizards, hitting 13 3-pointers and making 53 percent of its shots against Washington's sketchy defense.

Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Andray Blatche scored 22 points apiece for the Wizards, who lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Washington snapped a six-game skid against New York on Friday, but opened a four-game West Coast trip with another listless performance by the Eastern Conference's worst team. The Wizards have lost three straight in Oakland.

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