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Dallas then surged ahead by as much as seven early in the third quarter, with Nowitzki's two jumpers highlighting an 8-0 run while the Hornets opened 0-for-8 shooting with a turnover. New Orleans didn't score until West's free throws with 7:13 left in the period. Butler's 3 made it 54-50, and the Hornets slowly pulled even as West's driving scoop off the glass tied it at 69 heading into the fourth quarter.
Notes: The halftime score was shown as 45-45 until officials reviewed what was initially ruled a 3 by Kidd late in the second quarter. The basket was changed to a 2-point field goal. ... Scott said C Tyson Chandler is nearly ready to get back on the court, but he likely won't allow him to play until Wednesday's regular season finale at San Antonio on Wednesday. The Hornets also play Monday at Houston. ... Paul has scored 25 or more 15 times in his last 21 games. ... Nowitzki has scored 20 or more in 23 straight games. ... Dallas finishes its regular season with home games against Minnesota on Monday night and Houston on Wednesday night.
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