Hornets edge Nuggets to tighten up

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Chris Paul posted game-highs with 32 points and 12 assists as the New Orleans Hornets escaped with a 95-93 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 3 of a Western Conference quarterfinal series.

James Posey connected for 13 points and nine rebounds, including a key free throw in the final seconds for the Hornets, who picked up their first win of the series after dropping the first two on the road.

David West racked up 19 points and nine boards before fouling out late, while Rasual Butler contributed 17 points, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc for the victors.

Carmelo Anthony recorded 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Nuggets, who almost rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit but connected on just 40.5 percent from the floor and missed 11-of-35 free throws in the setback.

Chauncey Billups had 16 points, while J.R. Smith added 14 with five boards and Linas Kleiza poured in 13 points in a reserve role.

Game 4 takes place in the Big Easy on Monday.
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