NBA Game Summary - Boston at New Orleans
(Wednesday, February 10th)
Final Score: New Orleans 93, Boston 85
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Darren Collison scored 13 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Hornets shut down Boston's frontcourt combination of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the second half to come away with a 93-85 victory over the Celtics.
Collison also had nine assists, but accounted for 10 of New Orleans' 24 turnovers. Despite this, the Hornets won their second game in three tries heading into the All-Star break.
Peja Stojakovic contributed 20 points, while Morris Peterson had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets. David West tallied 15 points, seven boards and six assists, and Darius Songaila netted 12 points in the victory.
Pierce had 15 points, but also eight of Boston's 23 turnovers as the Celtics lost their second in a row moving to the break. Marquis Daniels had 14 points, while Rasheed Wallace and Tony Allen each chipped in 13 in defeat.
Pierce and Garnett were limited to a total of two points in the second half, as the duo combined to shoot 1-of-11 from the field over the final 24 minutes.
A jumper from Daniels had Boston within 76-75 early in the fourth, but Collison accounted for the next 11 New Orleans points. Still, the Celtics were within four following an Allen jam with under a minute left. But Stojakovic, West and Collison each sank two free throws down the stretch.
New Orleans led 29-27 after 12 minutes, but the Celtics surged in the second for a 55-43 halftime lead. Boston went 11-of-18 from the floor in the second.
The third was a mirror-image as the Hornets shot 10-of-23, while Boston was 5- of-19 in the stanza. That gave the Hornets a 72-67 edge going to the fourth. New Orleans ended the third on a 16-4 spurt.
Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen was scratched due to back spasms...New Orleans guard Marcus Thornton, who sat out the previous three games with a back injury, returned and had two points in nine minutes of court time...Boston had won the previous four meetings.
02/11 01:33:14 ET