New Orleans 100, Chicago 86

CHICAGO, Feb. 12 (AP) -- New Orleans coach Byron Scott got Chris Paul's attention with some strong words to the Hornets at halftime.

Thus motivated, Paul had 25 points and 14 assists in a 100-86 victory over the Bulls on Tuesday night, sending Chicago to its sixth loss in nine games.

"Coach really got on us at halftime. When he does that I feel like he's talking directly to me," Paul said. "That's part of my job when he said we needed to pick up the intensity and push the ball."

Peja Stojakovic hit six 3-pointers, and he and David West finished with 27 points apiece for the Hornets. Stojakovic scored 13 of his 27 points in the third quarter on 5-of-8 shooting. After trailing 50-43 at halftime, the Hornets outscored the Bulls 29-18 in the quarter.

"We really tried to penetrate and get guys open. When Peja is shooting the ball like that, we understand we've got to get it to him," Paul said.Tyson Chandler, who played five seasons for the Bulls before being traded before the 2006-07 season, was booed throughout the game and scored four points and had 16 rebounds.

Andres Nocioni led the Bulls with 28 points and Kirk Hinrich finished with 15 points and four assists.

"Obviously we would like to come out with a better effort in the third, we were right there in the fourth quarter and we kind of got our butts kick in the fourth quarter," Hinrich said. "Offensively we couldn't get anything going and had some unfortunate turnovers that they capitalized on."

After only scoring two points on 1-for-10 shooting in a win against Memphis on Saturday, Paul scored 10 points in the first half for the Hornets on 5-for-10 shooting.

Hornets starter Morris Peterson missed his second straight game with back spasms.

Ben Wallace arrived late to pregame game warmups and was fined an undisclosed amount. The Bulls center scored nine points and pulled down 16 rebounds on the night.


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