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"We just ran out of juice," Terry said. "It wasn't a lack of effort. There just wasn't enough juice left in the tank."
Paul hit a driving layup, a midrange jumper and a 3 before making a steal to start a fast break that ended with Butler's dunk. While the crowd chanted "M-V-P," Paul added a couple more free throws, giving the Hornets a 95-76 lead with 5:03 to play, and New Orleans' lead got as big as 22.
Thanks to Paul's ability to penetrate and Chandler's finishing, New Orleans dominated the inside, outscoring Dallas 52-24 and outrebounding the Mavs 41-35.
"We're clicking pretty well at this point," West said. "We talked about having a run where we can put together consecutive wins. We're just feeling good about what we're trying to do. I think this is a good time of the year to be doing that."
Notes: Hornets swingman Peja Stojakovic sat out with back spasms. ... Chandler was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim after one of several alley-oop dunks set up by Paul. ... The Hornets won the teams' only previous meeting 104-97 in Dallas on Jan. 14. ... Some of the loudest cheers of the night came for multiple Grammy award-winning rap artist Lil Wayne, a New Orleans native who sat courtside. ... Attendance was 17,230, the Hornets' 14th sellout of the season. They had 13 regular-season sellouts last season, their first back in New Orleans full-time since Hurricane Katrina.
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