David West was big again for New Orleans, scoring 30 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Hornets to their fifth straight win, 98-91 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
West was chosen the Western Conference player of the week only hours earlier on the strength of his 28.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in four Hornets' victories. The new week brought more of the same stellar production. West scored the Hornets' first 12 points as they raced to a 13-point lead. New Orleans is on a season-high winning streak.
Chris Paul bounced back from a two-point first half to finish with 16 points and 12 assists. His 3-pointer with 70 seconds left made it 95-89 and the Sixers could not recover.
Led by West, the Hornets won for the seventh time in nine games since the All-Star break.
The Sixers lost for the sixth time in eight games since the All-Star break and continue to slide down the Eastern Conference standings. Their 14-4 run last month had them in the hunt for the fourth seed and now they're closer to eighth.
Andre Iguodala scored 30 points and Andre Miller had 28 for Philadelphia.
Iguodala swished a 20-footer to bring Philadelphia within one early in the fourth period. Paul assisted on two straight baskets for some breathing room and West made a short jumper to give him 30 points and New Orleans an 84-75 lead.
Rasual Butler, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds, hit the Hornets' eighth 3 of the game and they were back ahead by double digits.
The Sixers don't play again until Saturday and need the break to figure out how to start winning again. But they did have some fight in them, coming back from 13 down to tie the score at 25 in the second quarter.
They could have done more to stop West.
West, who scored 32 points in Sunday's win at New Jersey, shouldered the offensive load early when he made six of his first seven shots. When he scored his ninth basket midway through the second quarter, a Sixers fan yelled out, "Will you double-team him, please?!" He scored 22 points in the half to help New Orleans lead 46-45 at halftime.
Notes: New Orleans' Antonio Daniels was whistled for a technical foul in the second quarter. ... The Hornets are on their longest winning streak since March 30-April 12 of last season. ... The Sixers are 11-11 against the West.
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