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NBA Roundup: Paul's play down stretch lifts Hornets past Nets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Chris Paul made the tiebreaking layup with 2.6 seconds left and finished with a season-high 27 points to lead the New Orleans Hornets to an 84-82 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Monday night.

Paul had seven assists and six rebounds in his marquee point guard matchup with Jason Kidd. Paul 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.

"I don't know how we won the game," Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "These are the type of games last year we probably would have lost. It tells a lot about the resiliency we have on this team. Chris Paul wasn't having one of his best nights in terms of taking care of the ball, but man, did he come up with a big steal after turning it over."

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

NUGGETS 122, CAVALIERS 100, at Denver -- Allen Iverson scored a season-high 37 points and J.R. Smith had 29 to help Denver beat Cleveland.

Iverson was 14 for 20 from the field and had eight assists, and Carmelo Anthony had 22 points and nine rebounds as the Nuggets won their third in a row.

LeBron James led Cleveland, which was playing the second game of a back-to-back, with 27 points. Ira Newble scored 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 five minutes of the half, including two 3-pointers as the Nuggets built a 78-51 lead.

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