NBA Roundup: West shines late in Hornets’ victory
NEW ORLEANS ó David West scored 30 points and grabbed two key offensive rebounds on New Orleans’ final possession, helping the Hornets hold off the Detroit Pistons 90-87 on Wednesday.
With the Hornets protecting an 88-87 lead, Chris Paul missed two runners in the lane. West tipped the first rebound to himself and grabbed the second one cleanly, hitting two free throws after being fouled with 6.7 seconds left.
West and Paul, who finished with 20 points and 13 assists, combined for all but two of the Hornets’ 25 fourth-quarter points.
Walter Hermann missed a 3-pointer that would have forced overtime as the Pistons lost for the eighth consecutive time, their longest skid in 14 seasons.
Richard Hamilton scored 24 points, but Detroit ended the game without Allen Iverson or Rasheed Wallace.
Iverson aggravated a back strain he sustained in Tuesday night’s loss to Miami. Wallace was ejected with 7:55 left in the fourth quarter after picking up his second technical foul in 27 seconds.
They were his 15th and 16th technicals of the season, meaning he will be suspended automatically for the Pistons’ game at Orlando on Friday.
Hornets center Tyson Chandler, playing his first game at home since a failed physical aborted a trade to Oklahoma City, received a loud ovation when the starting lineups were introduced. He finished with 17 rebounds.
Nets 111, Bulls 99
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ó Devin Harris scored 19 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter.
The dazzling performance came just two days after Harris scored 39 points and hit a buzzer-beating half-court shot for a win over Philadelphia.
76ers 106, Wizards 98
WASHINGTON ó Andre Iguodala scored 22 points, including a flying dunk and a 3-point buzzer-beater during a third-quarter spurt. He also had 11 assists and nine boards.
Tony DiLeo improved to 19-14 with Philadelphia and Washington’s Ed Tapscott fell to 12-34 in the battle of interim coaches.
Pacers 104, Grizzlies 99
INDIANAPOLIS ó T.J. Ford and Jarrett Jack each had 20 points, and Memphis’ Rudy Gay missed a 3-pointer with seven seconds left that would have tied the score.
Indiana is 3-1 without Danny Granger, who is recovering from a torn tendon in his right foot.
Magic 114, Knicks 109
NEW YORK ó Dwight Howard had 24 points and 21 rebounds in his 20th career 20-20 game, and Hedo Turkoglu scored 33 points.
Nate Robinson overcame a slow start to score 32 points for the Knicks.
Jazz 120, Timberwolves 103
MINNEAPOLIS ó Ronnie Brewer scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter.
In his second game back after missing the previous 44 with a knee injury, Carlos Boozer scored 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Kevin Love had career highs with 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Wolves.
The Jazz played just its second game all season with Boozer, point guard Deron Williams and Mehmet Okur in the lineup at the same time.
Mavericks 116, Bucks 96
DALLAS ó Josh Howard scored 27 points, Jason Kidd added 19 and the Dallas Mavericks avenged their worst loss of the season last month.
The Bucks beat the Mavericks 133-99 on Jan. 21.
Spurs 99, Trail Blazers 84
SAN ANTONIO ó With Tim Duncan sidelined for the second straight game, Tony Parker scored 39 points and the Spurs beat Portland for an 11th consecutive time in San Antonio. Duncan is day to day with a right leg injury.
Channing Frye scored 15 for the Blazers, whose losing string in San Antonio dates to 2002. Portland was also without its big man, Greg Oden, who missed his fifth straight game with a bone chip in his left knee. The Trail Blazers hope the 7-footer will be able to work out today.
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