David West had a season-high 32 points and 12 rebounds, helping the New Orleans Hornets overcome a 16-point deficit and beat the Detroit Pistons 95-87 on Wednesday night.
Chris Paul scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and added 12 assist for New Orleans, which snapped a two-game losing streak while handing Detroit its second-straight loss. Emeka Okafor had 15 points and West scored 18 points during the Hornets' second-half comeback.
Rodney Stuckey scored 26 points to lead the Pistons, who were without starter Richard Hamilton because of a sore right hamstring. Chucky Atkins started in Hamilton's spot and scored 13 points. Charlie Villanueva added 18 points for Detroit.
After losing 107-96 in Houston on Tuesday night, Detroit was in command for much of the game in New Orleans, but appeared to run out of gas, shooting only 25 percent (5 of 20) in the fourth quarter as the Hornets surged back ahead.
New Orleans, by contrast, performed its 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 Peja Stojakovic's 3 tied it at 81 with 3:23 to go.
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.
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.
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.
Detroit took the early initiative with a 20-4 run in the second quarter, during which the Hornets turned the ball over four times and 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.
NOTES: Team officials said Hamilton's injury occurred during his 21-point performance in a loss at Houston on Tuesday night. Hamilton went through warmups before being ruled out shortly before tipoff. ... 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.