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Hornets sting 8th straight opponent to stay undefeated

Published: Sunday, Nov. 14 2010 12:53 a.m. MST

NEW ORLEANS — The unbeaten New Orleans Hornets won their eighth in a row, with David West and Marco Belinelli each scoring 18 points Saturday night in a 107-87 win over the Portland Trail Blazers 107-87.

The Hornets, the only undefeated team in the NBA, led from start to finish. They have held every one of their opponents below 100 points.

Chris Paul added 11 points and 13 assists for the Hornets. Center Emeka Okafor had a double-double before the end of the third quarter, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Nicolas Batum led the Trail Blazers with 16 points, all in the second half. Andre Miller scored 12 of his 14 in the first half.

HEAT 109, RAPTORS 90: At Miami, DwyaneWade scored 31 points, LeBronJames added 23 points and 11 assists and the Heat snapped a two-game slide with a win over the Raptors in ChrisBosh's first game against his former club.

JamesJones had 14 points, while ZydrunasIlgauskas and Bosh each scored 12 points for Miami. UdonisHaslem finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds off the Heat bench.

AndreaBargnani had 22 points and nine rebounds for Toronto. DeMarDeRozan added 21 points, JoseCalderon and SonnyWeems each scored 15 and AmirJohnson finished with 14 for the Raptors, who were within four midway through the fourth quarter.

BUCKS 79, WARRIORS 72: At Milwaukee, JohnSalmons scored a season-high 26 points, including a basket with 50.8 seconds left to lead the Bucks to a win over the Warriors.

BrandonJennings added 19 points and DrewGooden scored 16 as Milwaukee reached .500 for the first time this season.

MonteEllis led the Warriors with 24 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome their season-lowest shooting of 34.1 percent.

The Warriors made one last run at the Bucks and made it 75-72 on JeffAdrien's hook with 1:31 left. Salmons hit an 8-foot leaner with 50.8 seconds left and then AndrewBogut blocked VladimirRadmanovic' shot.

LucMbaha Moute grabbed KeyonDooling's miss and was fouled. He made both free throws and when ReggieWilliams missed a desperation 3-pointer, Jennings grabbed the rebound and dribbled out the clock.

BULLS 103, WIZARDS 96: At Chicago, DerrickRose scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half, outplaying JohnWall and leading the Bulls to a victory over the weary Wizards.

JoakimNoah had 21 points and nine rebounds for Chicago, which earned its third consecutive victory in its last home game until Dec. 1. The Bulls open a seven-game road trip Tuesday at Houston, clearing out of the UnitedCenter so the circus can come to town.

Before the big show could take over Chicago's longtime home, Rose and Wall faced off in a matchup of speedy young point guards with similar backgrounds. Both played for JohnCalipari in college and were selected No. 1 overall by lagging franchises in need of a boost, Rose in 2008 and Wall this year.

PACERS 99, CAVALIERS 85: At Cleveland, DannyGranger scored 34 points and the Pacers pulled away in the second half to defeat the short-handed Cavaliers.

Cleveland lost its fourth straight home game for the first time since March 2003. The Cavaliers were minus starters MoWilliams (strained left groin) and AndersonVarejao (bruised ribs).

Granger shot 13-of-21, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers. MikeDunleavy scored 20 points for Indiana while RoyHibbert had 16 points and 13 rebounds.

AntawnJamison led Cleveland with 19 points. RamonSessions scored 17 points and DanielGibson had 15.

MAGIC 91, NETS 90: At Newark, N.J., JameerNelson made the go-ahead basket with 4.1 seconds left, and the Magic avoided a third straight loss by beating the Nets.

Nelson redeemed himself after missing two free throws with 19 seconds to go and Orlando up one. BrookLopez then made two foul shots to give New Jersey the lead with 11.5 seconds remaining, but Nelson sped down court and tossed in a floater while falling to his left.

DwightHoward had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who had dropped two straight at home, blowing an 18-point lead against Utah and falling 110-106 to lowly Toronto on Friday.

CELTICS 116, GRIZZLIES 110: At Memphis, Tenn., RayAllen hit a key 3-point shot in overtime and PaulPierce scored 28 points as the Celtics held off a furious rally by the Grizzlies.

RudyGay's short pull-up jump shot for Memphis with 7.3 seconds left in regulation tied it at 99.

Celtics forward GlenDavis hit a jump shot and Allen dropped in an arching 3-pointer to give the Celtics a 104-99 advantage.

Pierce made four free throws in the final 1:30 to seal Boston's seventh win in its last eight games. The Celtics finished their four-game road trip 3-1.

Gay had 22 points for the Grizzlies, who had trailed by as much as 11.

SPURS 116, SIXERS 93: At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 24 points as the Spurs built a 32-point cushion and cruised to any easy victory over Philadelphia.

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