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Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010

Paul's steal buries Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Chris Paul stole the ball and drove for a layup with 27 seconds left to help New Orleans end a late threat by the Utah Jazz and seal a 91-87 win Monday night, the Hornets' first in Utah in almost four years.

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Look out below: Oklahoma's City Russell Westbrook swoops in for a dunk between Chicago's Joakim Noah (left) and Tyrus Thomas on Monday. The Thunder beat the Bulls 98-85. AP PHOTO

Paul scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half and Devin Brown finished with a career-high 30 points as New Orleans overcame 19 turnovers and ended a six-game losing streak in Salt Lake City.

The Hornets outscored Utah 25-11 in the third quarter and the Jazz never regained the lead.

Deron Williams had 17 points and 11 assists, giving him 3,003 assists for his career, and Carlos Boozer added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Jazz, who lost their third straight.

Clippers 105, Trail Blazers 95

In Los Angeles, Chris Kaman scored 20 points and Eric Gordon added 19 as the Clippers pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Martell Webster scored a season-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers, Andre Miller had 22 points and 16 assists and Juwan Howard added 16 points for Portland, which beat Los Angeles 103-99 last week in Portland.

Heat 92, Hawks 75

In Miami, Dwyane Wade had 28 points and eight rebounds, and Michael Beasley scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half as the Heat took control in the opening minutes en route to a win over Atlanta.

Udonis Haslem scored 12 points and Quentin Richardson added 10 rebounds for Miami, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

Thunder 98, Bulls 85

In Chicago, Russell Westbrook scored 29 points and Kevin Durant added 25 as Oklahoma City dominated the third quarter in a victory over the hosts.

Westbrook and Durant had eight points each during a 27-6 run in the third, when the Thunder shot 65 percent to take control. It was Oklahoma City's sixth victory in seven games.

Derrick Rose scored 19 points and Joakim Noah had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls.



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