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Recap - Hornets Defeat Miami 96-93

Emeka Okafor scored 26 points and chipped in with 13 rebounds for New Orleans on Friday, leading the Hornets to a 96-93 victory over Miami at New Orleans Arena.

The Hornets were a 6.5-point underdog in the win, and managed to turn a profit for their supporters. The combined score went OVER the total, which closed at 186.5.

David West had 15 points for New Orleans and Chris Paul chipped in with 13 points. Chris Paul had 19 assists for the Hornets, while Emeka Okafor was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 13 boards.

The Heat got a 28-point performance from Dwyane Wade, who was supported by 20 points from LeBron James. LeBron James had 10 assists in a losing cause for Miami, while Dwyane Wade grabbed 10 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed New Orleans were victorious, as the score was 50-41 at the break.

The rebound battle favored New Orleans as they grabbed 42 boards, while Miami only had 36.

New Orleans looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Bucks. The Heat will aim to get back on the winning track vs New Jersey.