New Orleans—Hornets rookie Darren Collison, playing in place of injured Chris Paul, scored 25 points and handed out 9 assists as New Orleans beat Boston 93-85 Wednesday night at New Orleans Arena.
The Hornets head to the All Star break with a record of 28-25.
Boston built a 55-43 halftime lead thanks to 13 points from Paul Pierce and 9 points off the bench from former LSU Tiger Glen Davis.
But, the Hornets stormed back, outscoring the Celtics 29-12 in the third quarter. Morris Peterson scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Peja Stojakovic scored 20 points, and David West 15.
New Orleans won the game at the free throw line. The Hornets made 17 of 21 attempts. Boston converted only 16 of 27 from the charity stripe.
Before Wednesday night's game, Hornets guard Chris Paul said he will attend this weekend's All Star festivities in Dallas. Paul underwent surgery on his left knee. He said he a Hornets trainer will travel with him to Dallas to continue his rehab. Paul said he hopes be walking on one or no crutches by the weekend.