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The Hornets briefly rebuilt their lead behind 3s from Posey, Daniels and Butler, and went ahead 38-30 on Paul's crossover dribble and drive down the lane for a finger roll. Washington tied the game again at 41 with another 8-0 run highlighted by McGuire's short fadeaway as he was fouled by Chandler.
After the teams exchanged baskets, Posey's third 3 put New Orleans back ahead with 2.1 seconds to go in the first half, but DeShawn Stevenson drained a 42-foot rainbow heave at the horn to tie it at 46.
Notes: Wizards F Caron Butler (left ankle) missed his third straight game. ... Several members of Alabama's football team, in town for Friday's Sugar Bowl, were roundly booed when introduced and shown on a video board during a timeout. Several Utah players were there as well, but their introduction was drowned out by the boos aimed at Alabama. The crowd then broke into chants of "L-S-U" until play resumed. ... The Hornets recorded their 800th regular-season win in franchise history.
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