Deron Williams had 29 points and 11 assists, and the Utah Jazz set a team record for 3-pointers in a 110-88 victory over the New Orleans Hornets last night in Salt Lake City that extended their winning streak to nine games.
The Jazz went 14 for 22 from 3-point range, getting six from Kyle Korver and three from Williams.
Carlos Boozer finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds and Mehmet Okur scored 14 for Utah, which won its 11th straight home game. Williams had his eighth consecutive double double.
The meeting between division leaders was a rout, almost from the start.
Williams badly outplayed Hornets guard Chris Paul, selected for the All-Star game last week while Williams was not. Williams got Paul into foul trouble and Paul finished with just 6 points and six assists.
Jannero Pargo led the Hornets with 24 points.
Peja Stojakovic and David West scored 12 each and Tyson Chandler had 11 rebounds for New Orleans, which lost its third in a row.
The Jazz passed on Paul for Williams with the No. 3 pick in the 2005 draft. Paul went to the Hornets with the next pick and the two point guards have been compared ever since.
Williams definitely had the better game last night. He scored 12 in the third quarter as the Jazz stretched an 11-point lead to as much as 22.
Mavericks 107, Magic 98 - Josh Howard scored 28 points and visiting Dallas overcame Hedo Turkoglu's triple double to hold off Orlando.
Dallas led by as many as 19, but Orlando got within 83-80 on Rashard Lewis's 3-pointer with 7:15 left. The Magic didn't score again for almost five minutes, and Dallas went on a 10-0 run to put the game away.
Turkoglu had 13 points, a career-high 13 assists, and 12 rebounds, while Dwight Howard scored 28. But Howard, the NBA's rebound leader at 15 a game, had only 7, and Orlando was outrebounded, 47-34.
Nuggets 105, Trail Blazers 103 - Allen Iverson's 14-foot fadeaway jumper with less than a second left in overtime lifted Denver over host Portland.
Denver led by as many as 17 in the first half but the Trail Blazers battled back.
Suns 118, Bobcats 104 - Leandro Barbosa scored 30 points and Raja Bell added 24, including a season-high seven 3-pointers, to help host Phoenix stay unbeaten against Charlotte.
Barbosa hit five 3-pointers as the Suns improved to 8-0 against Charlotte since the Bobcats' franchise was established in 2004. Overall, Phoenix made 16 of 36 3-pointers.
Rockets 92, Timberwolves 86 - Tracy McGrady had 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists, and Houston held on to edge Minnesota for its eighth straight road triumph and eighth win in nine games overall.
Al Jefferson led the Wolves with 33 points and 16 rebounds.
Hawks 96, 76ers 91 - Josh Smith had 19 points, 9 assists, and 9 blocks, and host Atlanta overcame a 20-point first-quarter deficit to beat Philadelphia.
Clippers 103, Knicks 94 - Corey Maggette scored 19 points and Chris Kaman added 15 as both returned after missing four games with the flu and Los Angeles snapped a nine-game road losing streak by handing New York its sixth straight loss.
Raptors 114, Heat 82 - Chris Bosh scored 24 points, Andrea Bargnani added 22, and visiting Toronto shot 60 percent on the way to handing hapless Miami its worst loss of the season.
Bulls 118, SuperSonics 108 - Joe Smith scored 25 points in his first game back after missing three with an injury, pacing Chicago at Seattle.