Paul Lifts Hornets Past Kings, 97-92

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chris Paul scored 31 points and Emeka Okafor capped another strong performance by blocking Kevin Martin's tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds to help the Hornets beat the Sacramento Kings 97-92 on Friday night.

Okafor, who missed the entire preseason with a sprained toe, finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for his second straight double-double with New Orleans. David West added 13 points in the home opener for the Hornets (1-1).

Tyreke Evans scored 22 points and Kevin Martin added 20 for Sacramento (0-2).

Paul had 13 of the Hornets' last 17 points.