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Hornets end slide, edge ailing Celtics

The Hornets’ David West, left, battles the Celtics’ Glen Davis for a rebound during New Orleans’ 83-81 victory. West scored key baskets late as the Hornets ended a seven-game losing streak.

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The Hornets’ David West, left, battles the Celtics’ Glen Davis for a rebound during New Orleans’ 83-81 victory. West scored key baskets late as the Hornets ended a seven-game losing streak.

BOSTON — The way things have been going on the road lately for the Hornets, it only figured they'd have to watch one of the NBA's most prolific 3-point shooters rim out a 3 attempt before escaping with a win.

Trevor Ariza made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:34 to play and David West scored four of his 19 points in the final minute, helping the Hornets pull out an 83-81 win over the injury-riddled Celtics on Friday when Ray Allen's 3-point bid missed in the closing seconds.

"I just think we did a great job of getting stops when we needed to," Paul said. "Trevor hit a timely 3 right there at the end when we didn't have anything going for us. It said a lot about us to get a stop there at the end when we were up two."

Chris Paul had 20 points and 11 assists for New Orleans, which won for just the third time in seven games. Emeka Okafor scored 18 and grabbed 13 rebounds.

New Orleans had lost seven straight and 9 of 10 on the road.

Ray Allen led Boston with 18 points, Paul Pierce had 12 points and seven boards, and Nate Robinson scored 11 and had six rebounds.

"I told the guys after the game that I'm not happy, we should have won the game," Boston coach Doc Rivers said.

Boston has lost three of four since winning 14 straight.

Celtics' point guard Rajon Rondo, who leads the league with 13.8 assists per game, missed his seventh straight with a sprained left ankle. Forward Kevin Garnett was out with a strained right calf, an injury sustained Wednesday against Detroit.

"Obviously they're a different team without those guys, but it's a good win for us," Paul said.

After Boston moved ahead 73-66 on Allen's 3-pointer with just under 6½ minutes to play, New Orleans scored 11 of the next 13 points, taking the lead on Marco Belinelli's jumper from the top of the key with 3:07 left.

"We've just got to build on this one," West said. "We haven't won on the road in a while. It just feels good to get one."

Robinson tied it with a driving basket with 1:59 to go. He was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw before Ariza's 3 moved the Hornets ahead 25 seconds later. West then nailed a jumper from the left wing with 54 seconds left.

Pierce had a basket and Allen two free throws, closing it to 82-81 with 21 seconds to play.

Boston had to foul, putting West on the line with 19.6 seconds left. He missed the first, but made the second.

After Pierce fumbled a pass near the sideline, he passed it to Allen, who was forced to take his long 3. Paul grabbed the rebound and Boston was unable to foul before time expired.

Game highlights: Carlos Boozer scored 20 and grabbed 15 rebounds as the host Bulls won for the 12th time in 14 games, pulling away late to beat the Nets 90-81. … Danny Granger and Darren Collison scored 18 each and the host Pacers ended a three-game skid by beating the Wizards 95-86. … Monta Ellis scored 25 and the Warriors held off the host Bobcats 96-95. Stephen Jackson, who scored 22, missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left that could have given Charlotte its third consecutive win under interim coach Paul Silas.

No regrets for James: Looking back on his eventful year in 2010, Heat star LeBron James said: "It absolutely was a good year. I don't regret any decision that I've made, and I'm happy where I am now. I think my family, my friends, they're all excited with my new beginning. And I definitely am."

He meant that in many different ways.

Businesswise, while studies suggested his "Q Score" — the measure of how something or someone appeals to a broad audience — took a big hit over the offseason, sales of his new Miami jersey and his latest line of Nike sneakers are booming. Personally, some of those who have known him best say he's as happy as he's been in years. And on the basketball court, the Heat are soaring.

Winners in 16 of their last 17 games, the Heat will take a 25-9 record into 2011. All the negativity after a 9-8 start seems long forgotten.

Around the league: Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony rejoined the team for practice, his first workout with the team since the death of his sister. He is expected to play today vs. the Kings. … Cavs center Anderson Varejao will miss at least two games with a broken cheekbone suffered Wednesday vs. Charlotte. … The Nets held backup point guard Jordan Farmar out against the Bulls because of a bruised right knee. … Late Thursday, Wesley Matthews tied a career high with 30 points and the host Blazers beat the Jazz 100-89.

Hornets 83, Celtics 81

NEW ORLEANS (83): Ariza 2-7 2-4 7, Da.West 8-17 3-5 19, Okafor 9-13 0-5 18, Paul 7-15 5-5 20, Belinelli 4-9 0-0 10, Thornton 1-5 0-0 2, Pondexter 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 1-3 0-0 2, Jack 0-2 0-0 0, Green 1-5 2-2 5, Mbenga 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-76 12-21 83.

BOSTON (81): Pierce 5-10 2-2 12, Davis 4-14 0-0 8, S.O'Neal 4-5 2-3 10, Robinson 5-10 0-2 11, Allen 7-13 2-2 18, J.O'Neal 3-9 2-4 8, Daniels 4-6 2-2 10, Wafer 1-4 0-0 2, Harangody 1-5 0-0 2, Bradley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-76 10-15 81.

New Orleans 23 14 29 17— 83

Boston 19 20 18 24— 81

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 5-12 (Belinelli 2-3, Green 1-1, Paul 1-3, Ariza 1-4, Thornton 0-1), Boston 3-16 (Allen 2-4, Robinson 1-4, Harangody 0-1, Wafer 0-1, Davis 0-1, J.O'Neal 0-1, Pierce 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Orleans 48 (Okafor 13), Boston 51 (Pierce 7). AssistsNew Orleans 21 (Paul 11), Boston 16 (Allen, Daniels 4). Total FoulsNew Orleans 17, Boston 17. TechnicalsNew Orleans defensive three second, Davis. A18,624.

Bulls 90, Nets 81

NEW JERSEY (81): Outlaw 6-17 3-7 16, Humphries 1-4 0-0 2, Lopez 4-11 11-11 19, Harris 5-13 0-0 10, Graham 7-12 2-2 16, Uzoh 0-1 0-0 0, Favors 2-3 2-3 6, Vujacic 3-10 0-0 8, Petro 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 30-77 18-23 81.

CHICAGO (90): Deng 7-15 3-4 19, Boozer 8-14 4-7 20, Thomas 2-4 3-3 7, Rose 5-16 7-7 19, Bogans 0-3 2-2 2, Gibson 1-4 0-0 2, Brewer 3-10 3-4 10, Korver 3-8 2-2 9, Watson 1-2 0-0 2, Asik 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-76 24-29 90.

New Jersey 21 23 19 18— 81

Chicago 23 23 24 20— 90

3-Point GoalsNew Jersey 3-13 (Vujacic 2-6, Outlaw 1-6, Harris 0-1), Chicago 6-22 (Rose 2-6, Deng 2-6, Brewer 1-3, Korver 1-4, Watson 0-1, Bogans 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Jersey 53 (Lopez 8), Chicago 50 (Boozer 15). AssistsNew Jersey 17 (Harris 9), Chicago 21 (Rose 9). Total FoulsNew Jersey 22, Chicago 17. TechnicalsNew Jersey defensive three second, Chicago defensive three second. A21,792.

Pacers 95, Wizards 86

WASHINGTON (86): Lewis 5-10 3-4 15, Blatche 4-16 0-0 8, McGee 3-6 1-2 7, Wall 10-15 4-4 25, Young 2-11 2-2 8, Armstrong 0-1 0-0 0, Howard 0-5 4-6 4, Martin 1-7 2-2 4, Hudson 2-3 0-0 5, Thornton 4-4 2-2 10, Yi 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-80 18-22 86.

INDIANA (95): Granger 8-12 2-3 18, McRoberts 1-3 0-0 2, Hibbert 6-13 5-6 17, Collison 8-14 0-0 18, Dunleavy 1-6 0-0 3, Hansbrough 0-1 0-0 0, Rush 4-9 2-3 11, George 5-8 3-3 13, S.Jones 0-2 1-2 1, Ford 4-6 1-1 9, Posey 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 38-78 14-18 95.

Washington 22 12 28 24— 86

Indiana 25 24 27 19— 95

3-Point GoalsWashington 6-19 (Lewis 2-3, Young 2-6, Hudson 1-2, Wall 1-2, Blatche 0-1, Armstrong 0-1, Martin 0-1, Howard 0-3), Indiana 5-19 (Collison 2-3, Dunleavy 1-3, Posey 1-4, Rush 1-6, Granger 0-1, George 0-1, McRoberts 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 48 (Blatche 12), Indiana 49 (Hibbert, McRoberts 8). AssistsWashington 12 (Lewis 5), Indiana 19 (Collison 6). Total FoulsWashington 21, Indiana 23. A13,043.

Warriors 96, Bobcats 95

GOLDEN STATE (96): D.Wright 6-13 2-2 17, Radmanovic 3-5 0-0 6, Lee 3-8 2-4 8, Curry 10-17 0-0 24, Ellis 11-23 1-2 25, Law 2-3 0-0 4, Udoh 0-0 4-4 4, Carney 0-1 0-0 0, Amundson 1-3 0-2 2, Williams 2-4 1-2 6. Totals 38-77 10-16 96.

CHARLOTTE (95): Wallace 5-15 7-10 20, Diaw 5-9 0-0 10, Mohammed 3-8 0-0 6, Augustin 5-12 1-1 12, Jackson 7-22 7-9 22, McGuire 2-3 0-0 4, Livingston 1-3 5-6 7, Diop 0-1 0-2 0, D.Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Henderson 5-6 0-0 10, Carroll 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 35-83 20-28 95.

Golden State 30 22 25 19— 96

Charlotte 28 18 24 25— 95

3-Point GoalsGolden State 10-24 (Curry 4-5, D.Wright 3-8, Ellis 2-5, Williams 1-3, Carney 0-1, Radmanovic 0-2), Charlotte 5-16 (Wallace 3-3, Augustin 1-6, Jackson 1-6, Carroll 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 45 (Amundson, Lee 8), Charlotte 56 (McGuire, Mohammed, Wallace 8). AssistsGolden State 16 (Ellis 5), Charlotte 19 (Augustin 6). Total FoulsGolden State 21, Charlotte 16. TechnicalsGolden State defensive three second. A16,249.

Hornets end slide, edge ailing Celtics 12/31/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 31, 2010 9:06pm]

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