Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/16

Game 1: Wednesday, December 16th
Game 2: Friday, January 15th

Pistons 87

(11-14, 3-10 away)

Hornets 95

(11-13, 9-3 home)

    Coverage: COX

    8:00 PM ET, December 16, 2009

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 28 27 18 1487
    NO 25 17 28 2595

    Top Performers

    Det: R. Stuckey 26 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    NO: D. West 32 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    West, Paul lead Hornets' rally past Pistons

    Associated Press

    NEW ORLEANS -- David West's best game of the season spared the Hornets a demoralizing loss to an undermanned opponent in front of their own fans.

    West scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, helping New Orleans overcome a 16-point deficit and beat the Detroit Pistons 95-87 on Wednesday night.

    Fast Facts

    • The Hornets overcame a 13-point halftime deficit to improve to 9-3 at home this season.

    • Chris Paul went for 16 points and 12 assists and has 12 assists or more in six consecutive games, the longest such streak in the NBA this season.

    • David West had a season-high 32 points, his first 30-plus game of the season after having 10 last season.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    "Detroit, they're a little banged up. We felt like this was a game we had to come in here and get," said West, who scored 18 points during New Orleans' second-half comeback. "We're not in position to be able to drop three or four games in a row where we sit right now."

    Chris Paul scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and added 12 assist for the Hornets, which snapped a two-game losing streak while handing Detroit its second-straight loss. The Hornets improved to 11-13, barely good enough to pull even with the Los Angeles Clippers for 10th place in the Western Conference.

    The Pistons came into the game without Ben Gordon (left ankle) and Tayshaun Prince (back), then were dealt more bad news just before tipoff when Richard Hamilton was unable to play because of a sore right hamstring. Hamilton had scored 21 points in a 107-96 loss in Houston a night earlier, but had muscle tightness during that game, and it continued to bother him during warmups in New Orleans.

    That left Rodney Stuckey to lead the way for Detroit, and he carried his team to a 16-point lead in the first half, when he scored 16 of his 26 points. But the Hornets swarmed Stuckey in the fourth quarter and Detroit was unable to respond, shooting 25 percent in the final period (5 of 20).

    "We were having trouble with Stuckey all night," West said. "He's a tough, aggressive guard. Those last five minutes we kind of concentrated on him."

    The only other double-digit scorers for Detroit were Charlie Villanueva with 18 and Chucky Atkins, who started in place of Hamilton, with 13.

    "It's very frustrating," Villanueva said. "The second half we gave them a little bit of breathing room and we just collapsed offensively."

    Emeka Okafor had 15 points for New Orleans, while Peja Stojakovic hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.

    While Detroit dominated early, New Orleans performed best in the clutch, hitting all 10 of its free throws in the final quarter and finishing the game on a 17-6 run that began when Stojakovic's 3 tied it at 81 with 3:23 to go.

    "Tonight was all about making big-time plays," Hornets coach Jeff Bower said.

    After Paul and Ben Wallace exchanged baskets, West hit a layup and an 18-foot fadeaway to give New Orleans the lead for good at 87-83.

    Down by 14 early in the second half, the Hornets got back in the game when West hit a pair of fadeaway jumpers during a 7-0 run that made it 59-52. West had 10 points in the period, hitting a layup and a pair of free throws to cut New Orleans' deficit to 69-66 late in the third quarter.

    West's driving one-handed jam and layup put New Orleans back in the lead at 76-75 with 8:12 left in the fourth quarter, marking New Orleans' first lead since the first quarter.

    With the Hornets committing 14 of their 18 turnovers in the first half, Detroit took the early initiative with a 20-4 run in the second quarter, during which the Hornets went 5:50 without scoring a point until West's putback of Darren Collison's miss made it 49-35.

    Daye hit a pair of 3s during the spurt, which Villanueva capped with seven straight points on a 3, a mid-range jumper and layup to make it 49-33, and Detroit led 55-42 at halftime.

    Game notes

    Two plays were reviewed by video replay within the final second of the period, starting with Paul's driving layup that was ruled good because of a goaltend, with Chris Wilcox pinning the ball against the backboard as the horn sounded. After that ruling, which cut Detroit's lead to 73-70, officials ordered 0.3 seconds back on the clock. Austin Daye then drained a shot from near half court. Officials waved that shot off, ruling it went up just after the horn, then confirmed the ruling on video review. ... The Hornets have won seven of their last eight at home. ... Reggie Bush, who is Paul's neighbor in a downtown high-rise, sat courtside next to Paul's brother, C.J.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 87 95
    FGM-FGA 35-77 (.455) 35-71 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 5-14 (.357) 6-21 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 12-16 (.750) 19-23 (.826)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-35 11-41
    Assists 22 19
    Turnovers 16 18
    Steals 10 5
    Blocks 1 1
    Fast Break Points 13 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (2/0) 17 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 16 10

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Rodney Stuckey Stuckey
    Points: 26
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    David West West
    Points: 32
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0