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NBA: New Orleans 88, Houston 79

Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:14 PM

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Roger Mason scored 15 of his 17 points during a fourth-quarter rally Wednesday that gave New Orleans an 88-79 victory over Houston.

The Hornets were trailing by 10 going into the final period, but Mason hit three 3-pointers while New Orleans was outscoring the Rockets 29-10 during the closing 12 minutes.

A 3-pointer by Mason gave the Hornets the lead at 73-71 with 6:31 to play and came during a 13-0 run.

It was the third straight win for the Hornets, who have captured five out of eight after losing 11 straight. The Rockets had won five in a row.

Greivis Vasquez and Jason Smith also had 17 each for the Hornets, who held the normally high-scoring Rockets to 40 percent shooting. Houston went 9-of-27 from 3-point range.

James Harden led Houston with 25 points, but no other member of the Rockets reached double figures.

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