OKLAHOMA CITY -Peja Stojakovic scored 23 points and the New Orleans Hornets opened the fourth quarter with a 10-point run to pull away for a 101-86 victory over the Miami Heat.

With mostly reserves on the floor, the Hornets scored 10 straight points to take an 85-71 lead after Bobby Jackson converted a three-point play off a floating finger roll down the left baseline.

Stojakovic, who won New Orleans’ last game with a last-second 3-pointer Saturday at Minnesota, stretched the lead to 15 with a 3-pointer near the top of the key. The defending NBA champions never got closer than 11 after that, and Miami coach Pat Riley pulled his starters with 3:17 left and the Hornets up 16.

Dwyane Wade had 29 points for Miami, and Jason Williams added 13.

The Hornets had six players in double figures: Desmond Mason had 17, Bobby Jackson scored 14, Marc Jackson added 12 in his first start of the season and Chris Paul had his sixth double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. Rasual Butler scored 10 and Tyson Chandler added 18 rebounds, two off the Hornets’ franchise record.

New Orleans pulled ahead in the third quarter with a 16-6 run that started when Mason answered Wade’s cutting layup with a baseline drive for a three-point play. Stojakovic added a 3-pointer and a fast-break layup and Chandler had a steal for a fast-break layup before Cedric Simmons made it 70-61 by making one of two free throws.

Williams hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to lead the Heat back, and his fast-break basket on a goaltend by Simmons brought the Heat within 75-71 after three quarters.

But that’s when the Heat went cold, missing nine straight shots to open the fourth quarter as the Hornets gained some distance.

New Orleans led 15-6 after an early nine-point run and trailed for only one possession in the first half despite shooting only 33 percent. They were up 47-46 at halftime.

Notes: Shaquille O’Neal wasn’t with Miami after having surgery on his left knee. … Hornets coach Byron Scott said he lingered after shootaround to meet with Riley. Scott was on Riley’s NBA championship teams with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1985, 1987 and 1988. “He’s somebody that’s going to always be big in my life, as a player and obviously as a coach,” Scott said. … Marc Jackson started in place of David West, who missed his fourth straight game with a strained right forearm. Jackson and Alonzo Mourning were ejected with 6:10 left after the two got tangled up on a rebound try.

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