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Despite poor shooting, Paul key in team's double-OT win

By John Rohde Published: February 9, 2007
Thursday was a record-setting night for David West, Tyson Chandler and the Hornets.

But none of it would have been possible without point guard Chris Paul.

On a night when he shot 3 for 17 from the field, Paul was still able to force overtime with a length-of-the-court drive that resulted in a game-tying layup with 0.9 seconds remaining in regulation.

Had Paul not prolonged the game, the Hornets wouldn't have had a chance to beat Milwaukee 109-101 in double-overtime before a crowd of 17,364 inside the Ford Center.

Nor would there have been three record-breaking rebounding performances — West with a career-high 19 rebounds; Chandler tying his career high of 22 rebounds for the fourth time; and the Hornets grabbing a franchise-record 71 boards.

With 7.3 seconds left in regulation, Paul scurried up the court with 5-foot-5 Milwaukee guard Earl Boykins bumping and impeding his progress the entire way.

Paul calmly squirmed his way underneath and tied the game.

The entire sequence was improvisational and instinctive.

"I'm just reacting to how he's defending,” Paul said. "Just try to get to the basket, try to keep him off-balance.

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