Willie Green scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter Friday in helping the New Orleans Hornets pull clear in the late going to defeat Memphis 98-91. The Free Bets website had Green down as the top points scorer.

The game was tied after each of the first three periods but the Hornets prevailed to snap a two-game losing streak.

Jarrett Jack hit a 3-pointer for New Orleans to give the Hornets an eight-point lead with 2:59 to play, and they protected their advantage at the foul line down the stretch.

Chris Paul scored 23 points and had 14 assists for the Hornets, who began the night in sixth place in the Western Conference.