Hornets G Chris Paul and Knicks counterpart Nate Robinson exchanged pleasantries and shoves with about 9 minutes remaining in New York’s 103-93 win at MSG Friday night and afterwards, the former praised N8 as “the better player” to the Post’s Mark Hale. Sort of.

“What happened was, I went in for that layup over Larry Hughes, and he pushed me in the back, and I was just like, ‘All right now, Nate,’ ” Paul said. “And I’m thinking he’s going to be like, ‘My fault’ or something. He said something crazy. So then we went back down the other end, I tried to be aggressive and it happened. . . . Whatever. It’s our last time playing the Knicks.

“I don’t pay no attention, tell you the truth. I just play. Dunk contest champion.”

The “dunk contest champion” comment seemed to be a jab at Robinson, though Paul claimed he knows Robinson personally and insisted that the feisty Knick “didn’t get in my head.”

“They won the game. I guess that makes him the better player.” Paul said with a bit of sarcasm.

“I really like their team, to tell you the truth,” he said. “I know Al Harrington real well. Q-Rich [Quentin Richardson]. Chris Duhon. I’m a huge Chris Duhon fan. We played against each other in college.”