NBA Game Summary - Houston at New Orleans
(Sunday, February 21st)
Final Score: New Orleans 102, Houston 94
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Darren Collison followed up his first career triple-double with a 26-point, nine-assist performance and netted a dozen in the final quarter to lead New Orleans in a 102-94 win over Houston.
David West scored 27 points, grabbed nine rebounds and was 11-of-13 at the foul line. Collison was 6-of-7 at the stripe and added four steals. The two combined to score the last 15 points of the game for the Hornets, who have taken three of the last four contests.
Morris Peterson chipped in 15 points and Peja Stojakovic 14 in the win.
"I think that is a very good team we played, a team that shoots the ball very well, scored the ball easily, and I am pleased that we were able to come away with the win," said Hornets head coach Jeff Bower.
Chase Budinger had 18 points to pace the struggling Rockets, who have dropped five of their last six games. Aaron Brooks had 15 points, Kevin Martin 13 and Luis Scola added 12 and 11 rebounds.
"We have pieces that we didn't have before. We just have to come together as a team and understand what the strengths are of each guy and get it turned around," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said, referring to the team's new acquisitions from the Tracy McGrady trade.
New Orleans was ahead 24-16 after 12 minutes and built the lead to 16 on an alley-oop slam from Julian Wright late in the second. An 8-0 spurt by the Rockets made things more respectable, but Marcus Thornton ended the half with a three for a 50-39 difference.
Houston cut it to four on a pair of Scola buckets early in the third, but the hosts never allowed the score to get to one possession and a three-point play by West with close to four minutes left made it 64-52. New Orleans was up 74-62 at the end of three quarters.
The hosts were able to keep a healthy lead on Houston, as Stojakovic drained a three midway through the fourth for a 85-74 advantage. A last-ditch 12-3 run by the Rockets followed, and back-to-back baskets by Jared Jeffries had Houston within 90-88 with 2:17 to play.
But just as quickly, West poured in four points on the other end for a six- point margin and a Collison layup with 34.6 seconds left saw the lead grow to seven, 96-89.
The Rockets got just a single free throw over that stretch and Collison sank four straight free throws to offset a Brooks three and secure the Hornets' win.
The Hornets ended 3-1 on a four-game homestand and are 19-9 as the host this season...Jeffries made his debut for Houston with 11 points and nine boards. He, along with Martin, Hilton Armstrong and Jordan Hill, were acquired in the three-team trade that sent McGrady to the Knicks. Armstrong and Hill have yet to appear in a game since the trade...The Rockets are 13-15 away from home this season...The Hornets took a 2-1 edge in the season series...Thornton had 12 points for New Orleans.
02/21 23:42:03 ET