NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana—David West scored 29 points to complement Darren Collison's first career triple-double, as the New Orleans Hornets held on for a 107-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
The rookie Collison posted 18 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, while West came close to a triple-double of his own, adding nine boards and seven assists.
Danny Granger had 29 points to pace Indiana, which has dropped its last four games. Mike Dunleavy added 15 points off the bench in the loss.
The Hornets took control late in the first quarter, using an 11-0 run to take a 23-12 advantage. New Orleans was ahead 31-19 moving to the second and continued to lead by double digits before a six-point burst made it a 58-37 game with just under two minutes left in the half.
They led 62-43 going to the break, seemingly destined to take a runaway victory.
But the Pacers started to cut into their deficit in the third quarter. A 10-2 run, ended by a Granger dunk, had the visitors within 74-65 with a little over four minutes to play in the frame.
Indiana was down 83-71 going to the fourth, but continued to stage a comeback. Just over three minutes into the final quarter, T.J. Ford hit a three-pointer to start a seven-point run. Roy Hibbert followed with a dunk and Granger added two free throws to trim the Pacers' deficit to 87-83 with more than seven minutes still to play.
However, the Pacers couldn't pull even, and a few minutes later, the Hornets got seven straight points to restore a double-digit cushion, 99-87.
Indiana was within 101-97 with 1:18 left after Granger followed a Dunleavy three with a layup, but West answered at the other end with a jumper, and the Hornets sealed the win at the free throw line.
West scored 12 points in the first quarter...Emeka Okafor had 13 points and 13 boards for the Hornets, who held a 56-35 rebounding edge overall. Peja Stojakovic added 17 points and eight rebounds for New Orleans...Hibbert finished with 13 points, while Earl Watson and Luther Head each scored 11...The Hornets have won five in a row in the series.