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Paul's triple-double enough for Hornets

January 15, 2009|Associated Press

DALLAS — Chris Paul nearly showed Jason Kidd what a quadruple-double looks like, putting up 33 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds and seven steals in the New Orleans Hornets' 104-97 victory over the slumping Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Paul had to settle for his fourth triple-double of the season, one he's certain to savor because it came against Kidd, the active leader in that category and the guy who started ahead of him on the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team.

New Orleans pulled ahead at the start of the fourth quarter and Paul kept it that way, sending the Hornets to their first regular-season victory in Dallas since Jan. 24, 1998. The skid was 13 in a row, although they won a playoff game in Dallas last spring.

Dallas' Jason Terry scored 28 points, and Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points and 13 rebounds, but the Mavericks dropped their fourth game in a row.

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