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Houston used a 14-3 run, highlighted by Landry's two dunks, to take a 34-26 lead early in the second quarter, mostly with Paul on the bench. Houston was shooting better than 54 percent when Brent Barry's fade off the glass gave the Rockets a 39-31 lead, and New Orleans trailed 41-33 when Paul returned with a little under seven minutes left in the second quarter.
The Hornets immediately pulled back ahead as Paul scored eight points, six on free throws, during an 10-0 run.
The Rockets went about 6:30 without a field goal during that spurt, which Houston finally snapped on Scola's short jumper to tie the game at 43. Paul, who had 10 points in the second quarter, added a fadeaway in the final seconds to give New Orleans a 47-44 lead at halftime.
Notes: West was called for a technical foul late in the third quarter for gesturing condescendingly at an official after he was called for a foul. ... The Hornets and Rockets split their previous two meetings, with the home team winning each time. ... Hornets shooting guard Rasual Butler had 11 points and has scored in double figures in 10 straight games. ... Houston improved to 17-17 on the road. ... Attendance was 17,723, the Hornets' 16th sellout this season.
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