Player of the Game
Shook off a slow start to score 21 of his 29 points in the second half, finishing with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
Hornets 40, Pacers 36
Pacers 26, Hornets 22
Hornets 18, Pacers 6
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 24, Hornets 8
Hornets 88, Pacers 67
Pacers 34, Hornets 19
Stat of the Night
END RESULTIn the absence of CP3, the Hornets have found DC2.
With star point guard Chris Paul sidelined by a knee injury, rookie backup Darren Collison has filled in admirably and produced his first career triple-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists to spark New Orleans to a 107-101 victory over the Pacers before 15,644 in New Orleans Arena on Friday night.
Coming to life in the second half as Danny Granger scored 21 of his 29 points, the Pacers cut a 19-point halftime deficit to four in the fourth quarter but could get no closer.
IMPACTThe Pacers lost their fourth straight overall to fall to 18-36 on the season, 6-21 on the road. They also fell to 0-15 on the road against teams at .500 or better and 0-9 against Western Conference opponents. New Orleans improved to 29-26 overall, 18-9 at home.
KEY MOMENTSOther than Roy Hibbert, the Pacers came out ice-cold early, missing 15 of their first 19 shots as the Hornets bolted to a 23-12 lead. Granger missed his first five shots, breaking the ice in the second quarter. Troy Murphy missed his first eight, hitting his first bucket in the third quarter. The Hornets' lead grew to 58-37 late in the half and was 62-43 at the break as the Pacers shot .333 and were outrebounded 32-19.
With Granger coming to life with 13 in the third quarter, the Pacers began chipping away and reduced the deficit to 83-71 heading into the fourth. T.J. Ford sparked a strong defensive effort in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter as the Pacers put together a 12-4 run to close to 87-83. The Hornets scored seven in a row to rebuild a double-digit advantage, 99-87, with 3:47 left, but Mike Dunleavy heated up to score eight in a row in a 10-2 run that brought it back to 101-97 on Granger's reverse layup with 1:18 left.
The teams traded baskets before the Pacers appeared to get a key defensive stop, forcing an airball on a drive by Marcus Thornton, but West grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled, making both with 24 seconds left to seal the verdict.
BY THE NUMBERSGranger made 10-of-17 after missing his first five and finished with 29 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Dunleavy hit 6-of-10, including 3-of-5 from the arc, scoring 15 in 22 minutes off the bench. Hibbert had 13 points, six rebounds and four blocks. Earl Watson and Luther Head each scored 11. The Pacers shot .433 overall but were beaten badly on the boards, 56-35, as the Hornets yanked 15 offensive rebounds. Murphy finished 2-of-13 overall, 1-of-7 from the arc.
West was 8-of-15 from the field and 13-of-15 from the line, racking up 29 points, nine rebounds and a career-high seven assists for the Hornets. Collison actually flirted with a quadruple-double of sorts as he had eight turnovers to go along with his 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. Peja Stojakovic scored 17 with eight rebounds, Emeka Okafor 13 with 13 rebounds, Thornton 12 off the bench and Morris Peterson 11. The Hornets shot .464 overall and had 27 assists but committed 20 turnovers.