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News » HORNETS 100, THUNDER 98


Thunder forward Kevin Durant put on a show on Tuesday night inside the Ford Center.

And New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul came along and stole it.

Durant scored a career-high 47 points, only to see Paul hit a game-winning jumper in the lane with 2.7 seconds remaining to lift the Hornets a 100-98 win over the Thunder.

Paul's shot came immediately after Durant's go-ahead fadeaway 3-pointer off an inbounds play from the right wing with 13.8 seconds left to play.

But Paul knew he'd have one last crack at it.

"I watch (NBA) League Pass religiously," Paul said. "I saw both Denver games when KD hit shots and then (Carmelo Anthony) came down and hit 'em. That happens a lot with them, they hit that big shot and then somebody comes down and hits one."

Could be the story of this Thunder season.

The Thunder fell to 13-41 and 3-16 in games decided by six points or less. Paul became the fifth player to hit a game-winner against the Hornets inside the final 30 seconds, joining Anthony (twice), Mike Miller, Matt Barnes and Allen Iverson.

The Thunder fell to 1-7 in games decided by two points or less.

"I thought we fought harder than them but they have the best points guard in the world," Durant said of Paul. "He and David West made some good players at the end, and Rasual (Butler) made big plays. That is what good players do."

West scored a team-high 37 points with 13 rebounds.

Paul finished with 21 points and eight assists.

The Thunder trailed by as many as 16 points early in the second quarter and entered the final period down by seven.

But Durant scored 21 of the Thunder's 27 points in the final period, including two free throws to put Oklahoma City ahead 93-91 with 3:57 remaining.

"I liked the energy and effort of our last three quarters," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "It's who we are. If we continue to play with that type of intensity, focus and passion, we are going to be happy with our results more often than not."

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