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Rookie Chris Paul scored 25 points, including five late free throws, and New Orleans kept Atlanta winless at 0-9, the worst start in Hawks franchise history.

Salim Stoudamire, who scored 30 points to lead the Hawks, missed a desperation shot from near half court that would have sent the game to overtime.

Paul, who hit five free throws in the final 22.7 seconds, added a career-high 12 assists.

Atlanta

MinFGFTO-TAPFPts.Totals 24035-7415-2411-41102992Harrington 43:185-144-82-102414MWilliams 19:390-40-01-5150Pachulia 37:284-82-36-141510Johnson 45:169-160-00-22321Childress 11:580-10-00-2020Stoudamire 29:2011-154-51-41330Lue 18:522-52-40-0016JoSmith 33:234-113-41-43511Batista 0:460-00-00-0010

Percentages: FG .473, FT .625. Three-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Stoudamire 4-7, Johnson 3-6, Childress 0-1, Harrington 0-1, Pachulia 0-1). Blocked Shots: 7 (Jo.Smith 3, Pachulia 2, Stoudamire, M.Williams). Turnovers: 22 (Harrington 4, Pachulia 4, Jo.Smith 3, Stoudamire 3, M.Williams 3, Childress 2, Johnson 2, Lue). Steals: 11 (Jo.Smith 4, Harrington 2, Childress, Lue, Johnson, Pachulia, Stoudamire). Technical Fouls: Defensive Three Second, 6:08 second; Pachulia, 7:34 third.

New Orleans

MinFGFTO-TAPFPts.Totals 24033-8321-3217-43202495Nachbar 17:334-120-01-40312West 27:173-53-41-2109Andersen 28:503-94-610-180410Paul 42:129-196-82-712425Snyder 22:323-63-60-41111Butler 24:472-120-01-2135Mason 31:373-103-60-3539Vroman 22:431-22-22-2034Macijauskas 6:292-40-00-1024Bass 163-40-00-0016

Percentages: FG .398, FT .656. Three-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (Nachbar 4-7, Snyder 2-3, Paul 1-2, Butler 1-3, Macijauskas 0-1). Blocked Shots: 4 (Andersen 3, Mason). Turnovers: 16 (Mason 4, Nachbar 3, Butler 2, Paul 2, West, Vroman, Andersen, Bass, Snyder). Steals: 13 (Paul 5, Mason 4, Nachbar 2, Vroman 2).

A: 17,554 (17,200). T: 2:30.