NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rookie Darren Collison registered his first career triple-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Indiana Pacers 107-101 on Friday night.
Collison joined injured star Chris Paul as the only Hornets to record triple-doubles since former New Orleans point guard Baron Davis had one on Jan. 8, 2005.
Danny Granger scored 29 and Mike Dunleavy 15 for Indiana, which trailed by as much as 21 in the second quarter, but got within four in the final minute before New Orleans held on.
New Orleans appeared firmly in control when Stojakovic's tip-in made it 72-55 in the middle of the third quarter, but the Pacers didn't quit.
Granger's free throws started a 10-2 run and his dunk finished it, pulling Indiana to 74-65. In the fourth quarter, T.J. Ford hit a 3 from the corner, Roy Hibbert followed with a driving dunk and Granger's free throws got the deficit down to 87-83.
The home crowd anxiously implored the Hornets to respond, and they did.
Okafor spun into the lane for a short hook shot. Soon after, Collison and Stojakovic hit 3s. Okafor hit another short jumper to push the lead back to 97-87 with 4:17 to go, then Collison made a steal and converted a fast-break layup.
Indiana had the lead back down to four when Hibbert's short jumper made it 103-99 with 46 seconds to go. Then West rebounded Marcus Thornton's miss and drew a foul.
West, 13 of 15 from the foul line, made both free throws and the Pacers did not score again until the final seconds.
Thornton scored 12 for the Hornets, and Morris Peterson 11.
The Pacers combined for 10 3-pointers, but missed 17, and got only six offensive rebounds. New Orleans outrebounded Indiana 56-35. The Hornets had 15 offensive rebounds, six by Okafor, and finished with an 18-6 advantage in second-chance points.
Coming off a miserable, five-point performance in New Orleans' loss to Utah on Wednesday night, West scored five points during an 11-0 first-quarter run that gave the Hornets an early double-digit lead.
West had 12 points in the first quarter alone. Thornton scored 10 in the second quarter, helping the Hornets widen their lead even more.
The Pacers' decision to settle for outside shots hurt them early. They shot only 33.3 percent (15 of 45) in the first half and were outscored 24-10 inside in the first 24 minutes.
New Orleans led by as much as 21 in the second quarter on Julian Wright's turnaround fade. Indiana trimmed its deficit to 17 before Collison hit a pull-up jumper to make it 62-43 at halftime.
NOTES: Collison's previous high in rebounds was seven. He had 10 in the first half alone. ... The Hornets have beaten the Pacers five straight times, including once earlier this season. ... Indiana is 6-21 on the road this season, losing all nine road games against Western Conference teams this season. ... The Hornets are 4-5 since Paul went out with his left knee injury.