David West scored 30 points and grabbed two key offensive rebounds on New Orleans' final possession, helping the Hornets hold off the Detroit Pistons 90-87 on Wednesday night.
With the Hornets protecting an 88-87 lead, Chris Paul missed two runners in the lane, but West tipped the first rebound to himself and grabbed the second one cleanly, hitting two free throws after being fouled with 6.7 seconds left.
West and Paul, who finished with 20 points and 13 assists, combined for all but two of the Hornets' 25 fourth-quarter points.
Walter Hermann missed a 3-pointer that would have forced overtime as the Pistons lost for the eighth consecutive time, their longest skid in 14 seasons.
Richard Hamilton scored a team-high 24 points, but Detroit ended the game without Allen Iverson or Rasheed Wallace.
Iverson aggravated a back strain he sustained in Tuesday night's loss to Miami. He started and shot 1-of-4 before leaving late in the first quarter. Wallace was ejected with 7:55 left in the fourth quarter after picking up his second technical foul in 27 seconds.
They were his 15th and 16th technicals of the season, meaning he will be suspended automatically for the Pistons' game at Orlando on Friday.
Hornets center Tyson Chandler, playing his first game at home since a failed physical aborted a trade to Oklahoma City, received a loud ovation when the starting lineups were introduced. He then scored the first basket of the game on a tip-in, finished with 17 rebounds and helped hold Wallace to one point in the first half.
Wallace rebounded with 12 points in the third quarter and hit a 3-pointer to give the Pistons a 67-65 lead at the start of the fourth, but he missed his final three shots before losing his cool.
Wallace's blowup helped the Hornets go on a 7-0 run and take a 78-71 lead. He was called for his first technical after arguing that Sean Marks had gone over his back to tip a rebound to West for a putback. The next time down the court, he was called for a foul on West, went to the bench and was sent to the locker room when he tossed the towel over his head while West was at the free-throw line.
Still, the Pistons had a chance to end their losing streak without their two stars. Jason Maxiell scored on a putback to tie the score at 82 with 2:52 left. Paul scored the Hornets' next six points, but Hamilton's baseline shot drew Detroit within 88-87 with 55.4 seconds left, setting up the frantic finish.
Peja Stojakovic added 20 points for the Hornets, who won their second in a row.
The Pistons were lethargic early, scoring 13 points on 6-of-20 shooting in the first quarter and trailing 24-13 in the second. They weren't much better defensively, allowing Stojakovic to follow his own missed outside shot, grab the rebound and make an uncontested layup.
But with Paul taking his customary rest at the start of the second quarter, the Hornets fell silent offensively and Detroit went on a 12-2 run to tie the score at 28. Hamilton hit two 3-pointers and had 12 points in the first seven minutes of the quarter.
Notes:Q Detroit last lost eight in a row from Dec. 21, 1994 to Jan. 8, 1995, a year they went 28-54. ... Paul had 3 points in the first half and 7 after three quarters. The Hornets swept their 2-game series with the Pistons a year after getting swept by Detroit.
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