Chris Paul played for the first time in 25 games, and Marcus Thornton scored 28 points to help the Hornets to a 115-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.
Returning from a left knee injury, Paul started but was limited
to 21 minutes and had 11 points. He helped New Orleans pull away in
the fourth quarter, but rookie Darren Collison ran the floor when
the Hornets had a remarkable run of 23 straight points from late in
the second quarter until early in the third to take a lead they
would not relinquish.
David West had 25 points and 10 assists, Morris Peterson had a
season-high 20 points and Collison scored 16 for the Hornets.
Jason Terry scored 24 for Dallas, which squandered a 16-point