Green scores 31 to lead Hornets past Suns, 109-97

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Willie Green hit his first 12 shots and finished with a season-high 31 points to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 109-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

Green made a 3-pointer soon after entering midway through the first quarter. He made all five of his shots in the second quarter, one in the third quarter and put the Suns away with five more in the first 6 minutes of the fourth quarter.

He finally missed, failing to even hit the rim when he tried to draw a foul on Phoenix's Jared Dudley with less than 5 minutes left.

Trevor Ariza added 21 points as the Hornets tied Portland for sixth place in the Western Conference.

Dudley had a team-high 18 points for the Suns, who played without NBA assists leader Steve Nash.