MINNEAPOLIS – Peja Stojakovic made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds to play to lift the New Orleans Hornets over the Minnesota Timberwolves 99-96 on Saturday night.

Chris Paul added a career-high 35 points – including two crucial shots against Kevin Garnett and a pair of free throws in the closing seconds – and Stojakovic finished with 20 as the Hornets sent the Wolves to their sixth defeat in seven games.

The game appeared headed to overtime when Minnesota tied it at 96 on Mike James’ 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds to play – James’ only field goal of the game. But on the ensuing play, Stojakovic broke away from Marco Jaric on the perimeter in front of the Wolves bench and displayed the pure touch that earned him a reputation as one of the game’s most dangerous outside shooters.

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