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NBA: Hornets slide by Nets as Paul brings in tiebreaker

UNDER THE WIRE LeBron James led Cleveland, which was playing the second game of a back-to-back, with 27 points, while Carlos Boozer scored 32 in Salt Lake City

AP , EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY

The Nets' Bostjan Nachbar, left, fights for the ball with the Hornets' Jannero Pargo during the second half of the game between the New Orleans Hornets and the New Jersey Nets at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Monday.

PHOTO: EPA

Chris Paul made the tiebreaking layup with 2.6 seconds left and finished with a season-high 27 points, leading the New Orleans Hornets over the New Jersey Nets 84-82 in the NBA on Monday.

Paul added seven assists and six rebounds in his marquee point guard matchup with Jason Kidd. He had another huge play shortly before his basket, coming up with a steal and finding Morris Peterson, who converted a four-point play to tie it with a minute left.

Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who won on consecutive nights following their first two losses of the season.

Richard Jefferson scored a season-high 32 points for the Nets, but he was shut out in the fourth quarter after a huge third. Kidd finished with 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

New Jersey played without Vince Carter, who sprained his ankle on Saturday and is out indefinitely.

Nuggets 122, Cavaliers 100

At Denver, Allen Iverson scored a season-high 37 points and J.R. Smith added 29 to help Denver beat Cleveland.

Iverson finished 14-for-20 from the field and added eight assists, and Carmelo Anthony had 22 points and nine rebounds as the Nuggets won their third straight.

LeBron James led Cleveland, which was playing the second game of a back-to-back, with 27 points. Ira Newble added 17 points for the Cavaliers.

Iverson scored 18 in the first half and came out shooting to start the third quarter. He scored 11 points in the first 5 minutes of the half, including two 3-pointers as the Nuggets (5-3) built a 78-51 lead. The Nuggets led 88-68 heading into the fourth quarter.

Jazz 117, Kings 93

At Salt Lake City, Carlos Boozer had 32 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season and Utah beat the short-handed Sacramento.

Andrei Kirilenko added 15 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three blocks for the Jazz, who won their fourth in a row.

John Salmons led Sacramento with 22 points.

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