Hornets ambush Lakers

LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul had 33 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds, leading the Hornets down the stretch of a 109-100 victory over the defending champion Lakers on Sunday.

New Orleans overcame Los Angeles' major size advantage with cagey defense and a disciplined offensive approach that led to just three turnovers, tying an NBA playoff record.

Paul scored 17 in the fourth quarter and led a decisive 8-0 run after the Lakers trimmed the lead to four. Repeatedly shredding Los Angeles' defense on pick-and-rolls, the four-time All-Star was at his playmaking apex.

"I've struggled all season long, trying to figure out where to pick my spots," said Paul, who inscribed his sneakers with the No. 30 of injured David West, New Orleans' leading scorer. "It's the playoffs. It's a whole other energy."

Los Angeles' 7-foot starters, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, were expected to be an awful matchup for smallish New Orleans but had little impact. Gasol had six rebounds, zero offensive: "That's something that I don't like at all."

Hornets 109, Lakers 100

NEW ORLEANS (109): Ariza 2-13 2-4 6, Landry 6-13 5-5 17, Okafor 2-4 0-0 4, Paul 11-18 9-12 33, Belinelli 4-9 0-0 10, Gray 5-5 2-4 12, Ja.Smith 1-3 0-0 2, Jack 5-6 5-7 15, Mbenga 1-1 0-0 2, Green 4-7 0-1 8. Totals 41-79 23-33 109.

L.A. LAKERS (100): Artest 4-8 6-6 16, Gasol 2-9 4-4 8, Bynum 4-7 5-7 13, Fisher 3-8 1-2 8, Bryant 13-26 7-8 34, Odom 3-6 2-4 10, Brown 4-6 0-0 8, Barnes 0-2 0-0 0, Johnson 1-2 1-2 3, Jo.Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Ratliff 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-74 26-33 100.

New Orleans 26 29 18 36— 109

L.A. Lakers 24 23 25 28— 100

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 4-11 (Paul 2-3, Belinelli 2-4, Jack 0-1, Green 0-1, Ariza 0-2), L.A. Lakers 6-13 (Artest 2-3, Odom 2-5, Fisher 1-1, Bryant 1-2, Brown 0-1, Gasol 0-1). Fouled OutOkafor. ReboundsNew Orleans 44 (Ariza, Paul 7), L.A. Lakers 51 (Artest 11). AssistsNew Orleans 24 (Paul 14), L.A. Lakers 17 (Gasol 6). Total FoulsNew Orleans 22, L.A. Lakers 24. Flagrant Fouls—Ariza. A18,997 (18,997).

Grizzlies get milestone

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Sixteen years after entering the NBA, the Grizzlies finally have a postseason win.

Zach Randolph had 25 points and 14 rebounds and Shane Battier hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 23.9 seconds left to give Memphis a 101-98 victory over the top-seeded Spurs.

Memphis had been 0-12 in three previous playoff trips.

"It's nice from an annoyance perspective to have it out of the way, because I don't have to answer questions about being 0 and 13," coach Lionel Hollins said.

Playing without All-Star guard Manu Ginobili, who continued to rest his sprained right elbow, San Antonio still had a chance to force overtime. Richard Jefferson missed an open straight-ahead 3-point look as time expired, then bit down on his jersey collar.

Grizzlies 101, Spurs 98

MEMPHIS (101): Young 1-3 0-0 2, Randolph 10-15 5-8 25, Gasol 9-10 6-10 24, Conley 4-10 6-8 15, Allen 2-6 3-6 7, Battier 4-5 0-0 10, Mayo 5-13 0-0 13, Arthur 2-5 1-1 5, Vasquez 0-0 0-0 0, Haddadi 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-67 21-33 101.

SAN ANTONIO (98): Jefferson 4-6 3-4 13, Duncan 8-13 0-2 16, McDyess 1-5 1-2 3, Parker 4-16 12-16 20, Hill 2-7 11-13 15, Neal 4-10 0-0 10, Bonner 2-4 6-6 12, Blair 3-9 3-4 9, Green 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-70 36-47 98.

Memphis 27 18 25 31— 101

San Antonio 22 21 31 24— 98

3-Point GoalsMemphis 6-10 (Mayo 3-4, Battier 2-2, Conley 1-2, Randolph 0-1, Young 0-1), San Antonio 6-15 (Jefferson 2-3, Bonner 2-4, Neal 2-4, Parker 0-1, Hill 0-3). Fouled OutMayo. ReboundsMemphis 45 (Randolph 14), San Antonio 50 (Duncan 13). AssistsMemphis 22 (Conley 10), San Antonio 13 (Parker 5). Total FoulsMemphis 33, San Antonio 27. TechnicalsMemphis defensive three second, San Antonio defensive three second. A18,581 (18,797).

Allen rescues Celtics

BOSTON — Ray Allen hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 12 seconds left off a pass from Paul Pierce, and Carmelo Anthony misfired on his long try at the other end, giving the Celtics an 87-85 comeback victory over the Knicks.

"Ray's the hero with the shot," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "Paul's the hero with the pass. That's a great example of not playing hero basketball, just trusting what we drew up. And he made the shot."

The Knicks' Chauncey Billups hurt his left leg in the final minute and wasn't sure if he would be able for Game 2.

Celtics 87, Knicks 85

NEW YORK (85): Anthony 5-18 3-4 15, Stoudemire 12-18 4-6 28, Turiaf 4-5 1-2 9, Billups 3-11 2-2 10, Fields 0-3 0-0 0, Walker 3-5 0-0 7, Jeffries 1-4 1-2 3, Douglas 3-8 0-0 8, Carter 1-4 0-0 2, Sha.Williams 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 33-78 11-16 85.

BOSTON (87): Pierce 6-16 4-5 18, Garnett 5-14 5-6 15, J.O'Neal 6-6 0-0 12, Rondo 5-14 0-2 10, Allen 9-15 3-3 24, Davis 1-8 0-2 2, Green 2-4 0-0 4, West 1-2 0-0 2, Krstic 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-80 12-18 87.

New York 23 28 13 21— 85

Boston 24 15 20 28— 87

3-Point GoalsNew York 8-23 (Douglas 2-5, Billups 2-6, Anthony 2-8, Walker 1-1, Sha.Williams 1-2, Carter 0-1), Boston 5-13 (Allen 3-5, Pierce 2-5, Davis 0-1, Green 0-1, Rondo 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 44 (Stoudemire 11), Boston 57 (Garnett 13). AssistsNew York 16 (Billups, Anthony 4), Boston 20 (Rondo 9). Total FoulsNew York 17, Boston 15. A18,624 (18,624).

Stars propel Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant had 41 points, Russell Westbrook had two crucial late baskets among his 31 points and the Thunder pulled out a 107-103 win against the Nuggets.

Oklahoma City leaned heavily on its two All-Stars, who both had their most points in the postseason.

Westbrook had the go-ahead jumper from the right side with 1:06 left as several Nuggets looked for it to be waved off with several hands near the rim anxious for a tip-in.

WADE AILING: Heat guard Dwyane Wade did not practice because of symptoms of a migraine, and his status for tonight's game is unclear.

Eastern Conference

Bulls 1, Pacers 0

Saturday: Bulls 104, Pacers 99

Tonight: at Chicago, 9:30, TNT

Thursday: at Indiana, TBD, NBA

Saturday: at Indiana, TBD, TNT

April 26: at Chicago, TBD, TBD *

April 28: at Indiana, TBD, TBD *

April 30: at Chicago, TBD, TNT *

Heat 1, 76ers 0

Saturday: Heat 97, 76ers 89

Tonight: at Miami, 7, TNT

Thursday: at Philadelphia, TBD, TNT

Sunday: at Philadelphia, 1, Ch. 28

April 27: at Miami, TBD, TBD *

April 29: at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD *

May 1: at Miami, TBD, TBD *

Celtics 1, Knicks 0

Sunday: Celtics 87, Knicks 85

Tuesday: at Boston, 7, TNT

Friday: at New York, TBD, ESPN

Sunday: at New York, 3:30, Ch. 28

April 26: at Boston, TBD *

April 29: at New York, TBD, TBD *

May 1: at Boston, TBD, TBD *

Hawks 1, Magic 0

Saturday: Hawks 103, Magic 93

Tuesday: at Orlando, 7:30, FSN

Friday: at Atlanta, TBD, ESPN2, FSN

Sunday: at Atlanta, 7, TNT, Sun Sports

April 26: at Orlando, TBD, TBD *

April 28: at Atlanta, TBD, TBD *

April 30: at Orlando, TBD, TNT *

Western Conference

Grizzlies 1, Spurs 0

Sunday: Grizzlies 101, Spurs 98

Wednesday: at San Antonio, 8:30, NBA

Saturday: at Memphis, 7:30, ESPN

April 25: at Memphis, TBD, TBD

April 27: at San Antonio, TBD, TBD *

April 29: at Memphis, TBD, TBD *

May 1: at San Antonio, TBD, TBD *

Hornets 1, Lakers 0

Sunday: Hornets 109, Lakers 100

Wednesday: at Los Angeles, 10:30, TNT

Friday: at New Orleans, 9:30, ESPN

Sunday: at New Orleans, 9:30, TNT

April 26: at Los Angeles, TBD, TBD *

April 28: at New Orleans, TBD, TBD *

April 30: at Los Angeles, TBD, TNT *

Mavericks 1, Blazers 0

Saturday: Mavericks 89, Blazers 81

Tuesday: at Dallas, 9:30, TNT

Thursday: at Portland, 10:30, TNT

Saturday: at Portland, 5, TNT

April 25: at Dallas, TBD, TBD *

April 28: at Portland, TBD, TBD *

April 30: at Dallas, TBD, TNT *

Thunder 1, Nuggets 0

Sunday: Thunder 107, Nuggets 103

Wednesday: at Oklahoma City, 8, TNT

Saturday: at Denver, 10, ESPN

April 25: at Denver, 10:30, TNT

April 27: at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD *

April 29: at Denver, TBD, TBD *

May 1: at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD *

* If necessary

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