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Chris Paul added 15 points, 10 assists and six steals for the Hornets, who improved to a league-best 10-1 despite nearly blowing a 19-point lead. The Cavaliers cut their deficit to as low as three in the fourth quarter before New Orleans hung on for the victory.
Marco Belinelli contributed 20 points and five assists for New Orleans.
Antawn Jamison scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Cleveland, which had a three-game win streak against the Hornets snapped. Jamison, by making three three-pointers, also became the third player in NBA history to record 7,000 rebounds, 900 three-pointers and 17,000 total points, joining Scottie Pippen and Dirk Nowitzki.
Friday also marked the return of former Hornets head coach Byron Scott, who served as the head coach in New Orleans from 2004-10. He was fired last season after the club got off to a 3-6 start last season.
The Hornets held a 78-59 lead after a Trevor Ariza three-point play with 3:44 left in the third, but Cleveland closed the period on a 9-2 burst to make the game manageable heading to the fourth.
Daniel Gibson’s basket on the Cavs’ final possession of the third made it 81-68 heading to the fourth, though New Orleans pushed its lead back to 86-68 following a West three-point play and Willie Green jumper to start the fourth.
New Orleans held a double-digit lead as late as three-minutes remaining, as West’s eight-footer provided a 100-89 margin, but Cleveland scored the next seven points.
Anthony Parker’s three, Anderson Varejao’s tip shot and Jamison’s 16-foot jumper had the Cavaliers within 100-96 with a minute to play, but West gave the Hornets some breathing room with a layup off a Paul pass with 42.9 ticks remaining.
Cleveland got to within three, 104-101, after Jamison was fouled from long range and sank all three free throws with 21.2 seconds left, but Belinelli drilled two from the line on the other end, and Gibson’s missed three-point attempt sealed the outcome.
The Cavs held a 28-26 lead after one quarter, but New Orleans ended the half on an 18-2 run. Cleveland went the last five minutes without a field goal, and the Hornets grabbed a 62-43 lead at halftime.
Cleveland began the second half on a 8-0 surge to get to within 11 before the Hornets stretched the advantage back to 19 on an Ariza three-point play.
Cleveland was the first team to score 100 or more points against New Orleans this season…The Hornets improved to 7-0 at home…Jamison now has 7,007 rebounds, 902 three-pointers and 17,215 points…The Cavs were able to stay in the game by going 32-of-34 from the free throw line…Varejao had a game-high 13 rebounds.
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The Hornets had their eight-game winning streak to start the season come to an end against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday in Big D, but got revenge with a 99-97 home win two days later. Chris Paul had 20 points and 11 assists, David West and Marco Belinelli each scored 17 points and Emeka Okafor notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which is 6-0 at home this season.
"That's a really good team that we just played," said Paul, who is averaging 21.0 points, 10.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in the last two games. "Every good team is going to make their run, but we weathered the storm and pulled it out in the end."
New Orleans used a 27-7 run in the third quarter to take over the game and hasn't surrendered 100 points or more to any team this season. It also outscored the Mavericks by a 40-24 margin in the paint and converted 15 turnovers into 23 points.
Okafor is averaging 13.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in his last seven games.
Scott, meanwhile, was fired after a 3-6 start to last season and was in his sixth season with the club. Scott compiled a record of 203-216 during his tenure in New Orleans, which began with a team that won just 18 games in his first year of 2004-05.
The Cavs are 5-5 so far under Scott and will begin a three-game road trip Friday against the Hornets, Spurs and Pacers. They are 3-1 away from Quicken Loans Arena this season and closed out a three-game homestand with a 1-2 mark following Tuesday's 101-93 win versus Philadelphia.
Daniel Gibson scored 18 points and dished out eight assists, while Jamario Moon and Joey Graham each scored 13 points for the Cavaliers, who got 10 points apiece from Anthony Parker and Antawn Jamison.
"We just kept up the pressure. We kept the pressure up on defense and we continued to move the basketball," Moon said. "It wasn't just in that third quarter; it was in that fourth quarter too. We have been struggling for a while in the third and fourth quarter, but (tonight) for 48 minutes, we pretty much put a complete game together."
Cleveland snapped a four-game slide at home and took a sizeable lead after outscoring the Sixers, 26-16, in the third quarter. It also forced 15 turnovers and shot 46.3 percent from the field. Forward Anderson Varejao (ribs) returned to the Cavs' lineup and scored nine points.
Another reason for the Cavs' recent success is their bench play. The Cavaliers currently rank first in the NBA in bench scoring, averaging 44.1 ppg, and their reserves outscored the Sixers' bench by a 54-41 count.
Jamison currently has 6,996 rebounds and 899 three-pointers made in his career. With four more rebounds and one more three-pointer, Jamison will join Scottie Pippen and Dirk Nowitzki as the only players in NBA history with at least 7,000 rebounds, 900 three-pointers and 17,000 total points.
In injury news for Cleveland, guard Mo Williams (adductor/groin) is listed as questionable against the Hornets. He has missed back-to-back games.
The Cavs have won three in a row and 11 of 15 matchups in this series with New Orleans, but have dropped 13 of the past 17 trips to the bayou.