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Hawks shut down Hornets

Hawks shut down Hornets

Joe Johnson scored 30 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks past the New Orleans Hornets 89-79 on Monday night.

Atlanta cashed as 1-point home underdogs as the game played under the 189-point total set by oddsmakers.

Ronald Murray added 14 points off the bench for the Hawks, who got 13 points and 13 rebounds from Josh Smith in the upset.

Chris Paul went for 24 points and 10 assists for New Orleans, while Rasual Butler netted 18 points for the Hornets.