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NO/Oklahoma City 84, Sacramento 81

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- In his seven seasons with the
Sacramento Kings, Peja Stojakovic couldn't shake his reputation as
a player unable to make the big shot.

But it was Stojakovic, now in a New Orleans Hornets jersey, who
made the clutch basket that led his current team to an 84-81
victory over the Kings on Tuesday night.

Stojakovic gave the Hornets an 82-81 lead on a fall-away shot
from near the free throw line with 25.4 seconds left. The game was
his first back in Sacramento since being traded for Ron Artest last
January.

"It was a little weird playing against the Kings after being
here for seven seasons. But life goes on," said Stojakovic, who
helped rally the Hornets from a nine-point deficit in the game's
closing minutes.

Struggling in the preseason and entering the game shooting 35
percent, Stojakovic finished with eight points on 3-for-11
shooting.

Despite the slow start, teammate Bobby Jackson, another ex-King,
had confidence Stojakovic could deliver late in the game. "I would
rather have him take that shot than anyone," Jackson said.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had a chance to give the Kings the lead, but
missed a baseline drive with 1.1 seconds left. Jannero Pargo made
two free throws with one-tenth of a second left as the Hornets
(2-5) snapped a five-game losing streak.

Chris Paul had a fabulous overall performance for the Hornets,
with 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Kevin Martin led
Sacramento (4-2) with 21 points.

Ron Artest added 19 points for the Kings, and Abdur-Rahim had
18.

Desmond Mason scored 17 and Jackson had 13 for the Hornets, who
rallied from an 81-72 deficit when the Kings went scoreless over
the final 5:49.

The Kings had 27 turnovers, including eight in the fourth
quarter, when they were outscored 19-3.

"It's a preseason game, you have to put it behind us," Kings
guard Ronnie Price said.

Sacramento was without starters Mike Bibby and Brad Miller.
Bibby injured his thumb in Sunday nights victory in Reno against
the Hornets and is expected to miss the first two weeks of the
regular season. Miller watched the game in street clothes nursing
an injured finger.