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NBA: Hornets Sting Duncan, Spurs


The vagabond New Orleans Hornets held All-Star center Tim Duncan to just 11 points as they upset the San Antonio Spurs 89-76 in National Basketball Association action Sunday night.

Duncan's poor shooting output matched his previous season low. David West led the Hornets with 19 points, and rookie Chris Paul added 17 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists - barely missing the first career triple-double of his career. The Hornets are playing the majority of their home games in Oklahoma City after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

A resurgent Atlanta Hawks team downed the Denver Nuggets, 110-107, in overtime. The Falcons have won two consecutive games and four out of their last five. The loss was the Nuggets' third straight.

Tracy McGrady's driving layup with time running out lifted the Houston Rockets to a 76-74 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Rockets played without All-Star center Yao Ming, who missed his first game of the season because of a foot injury. Kobe Bryant had 24 points for the Lakers.

In other NBA games Sunday night it was...

Portland Trail Blazers 97 Washington Wizards 92
Philadelphia 76ers 107 Toronto Raptors 80
New Jersey Nets 118 Golden State Warriors 90
Dallas Mavericks 102 Minnesota Timberwolves 95.

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