NEW ORLEANS—Maybe the Hornets are for real.
Trevor Ariza's three point basket from the left corner with 14.3 to play gave the Hornets a four point lead, and New Orleans went on to claim a 96-93 win over Miami Friday night at New Orleans Arena.
Emeka Okafor scored 26 points and grabbed 13 for New Orleans. Chris Paul scored 13 points and handed out 19 assists.
Dwyane Wade led Miami with 28 points. LeBron James scored 20.
The Hornets play at Milwaukee Saturday night.