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Paul leads team to exhibition win

Chris Paul talks to reporters about the Chris Paul All Star Pick-Up basketball game between NBA players in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Oct., 1, 2011. Chris Paul talks to reporters about the Chris Paul All Star Pick-Up basketball game between NBA players in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Oct., 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
October 1, 2011

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—Kevin Durant scored 48 points and Chris Paul added 39 to lead the New Orleans guard's team to a 175-146 victory over Dwyane Wade and LeBron James' team in a charity game Saturday night.

Rudy Gay had 38 points while Wade added 32 and James had 30. John Wall added 34 points.

The game was played at Winston-Salem State in front of a sold out crowd in the 3,200-seat arena.

Paul, who is from nearby Lewisville, gave a $25,000 check to WSSU during a football game earlier in the day. Both of his parents attended Winston-Salem State.

"Had a great time and run at @CP3 All-Star Pick-up game at Winston-Salem St! Loved the crowd, they was in 2 it from the jump!! Much love WSSU," James posted on Twitter after the game.

Paul also had 11 rebounds and eight assists to go along with five steals.

"I think that was the most fun I've ever had playing in a basketball game," he said.

The game was played as NBA labor negotiations were taking place in New York. After a seven-hour bargaining session, players and owners didn't sound much closer to a labor deal than they did when the lockout began.

"We're just continuing to negotiate and hopefully we'll get a deal done because at the end of the day we want to play this game," Paul said.

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