NBA Game Summary - Detroit at New Orleans
(Wednesday, December 16th)
Final Score: New Orleans 95, Detroit 87
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - David West scored a season-high 32 points to go with 12 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons, 95-87.
Chris Paul added 16 points and 12 assists for the Hornets, who have won four of six overall and three straight over the Pistons. Emeka Okafor had 15 points and eight boards, while Devin Brown and Peja Stojakovic provided 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the victors, who had all five starters in double- figures.
Rodney Stuckey scored a team-high 26 points for the Pistons, who have lost two in a row following a five-game win streak. Charlie Villanueva had 18 points and eight boards, and Chucky Atkins poured in a season-high 13 points in defeat.
"It's very frustrating, we came out as a very aggressive team, we got stops we moved the ball, guys made nice baskets," Villanueva said. "We played like a team that first half; the second half we gave them a little bit of breathing room and we just collapsed offensively."
Down by three to start the fourth, the Hornets grabbed a 76-75 lead on a West layup four minutes into the period. It was the first lead for New Orleans since 21-20 late in the first.
Detroit went back in front, though, and a Stuckey layup gave the visitors an 81-78 advantage with four minutes to play. Stojakovic answered with a three to tie the game, and a nifty pass from Paul to West resulted in a go-ahead layup to make it 85-83 with two minutes remaining.
An 18-footer from West put the hosts ahead by four with just over a minute to play, and James Posey added two free throws with 47.4 seconds left following a Stuckey miss to make it 89-83.
After both teams traded two free throws, Villanueva and Bynum each missed three-point attempts with under 30 seconds to play, and Paul hit two free throws to make it an eight-point game, sealing the win.
"We picked up the intensity (in the fourth quarter). We got after them a little bit. We rebounded the ball better and we got out in transition," Paul said. "That's when we're at our best. West got us going. (Stojakovic) hit a few big shots. We pulled out the win. We just picked up the intensity (in the second half). We've been a great second half team so far this year."
Atkins and Stuckey each had eight points in the first quarter for Detroit, which took a 28-25 lead into the second stanza.
After a West bucket to open the second quarter, the Pistons went on an 11-2 run to take a 39-29 lead on a Chris Wilcox basket nearly three minutes into the period.
A 10-0 run later by the visitors put Detroit ahead, 49-33, following a Stuckey layup with four minutes left, and the Pistons held a 55-42 lead at halftime.
New Orleans mounted a comeback in the third, going on an early 7-0 burst, capped by an Okafor free throw, to cut its deficit to 59-52 in the early minutes.
The Hornets made it a four-point game on a Paul bucket before five straight points by Villanueva gave the Pistons a 69-60 lead with two minutes left. The visitors led, 73-70, heading to the fourth.
Before losing the last three to New Orleans, Detroit had won seven of eight in the series...Ben Gordon (ankle) and Richard Hamilton (hamstring) both missed the game for the Pistons...The Hornets had 19 second-chance points, compared to just eight for Detroit.
12/16 23:38:04 ET