David West had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Bower picked up his first coaching win in the New Orleans Hornets' 110-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.
With Chris Paul out, point guards Darren Collison and Bobby Brown scored 12 apiece and combined for 11 assists as New Orleans snapped a three-game losing streak. Devin Brown had 16 points.
Al Thornton scored 30 points and former Hornets guard Baron Davis had 23 for the Clippers, who have lost four of five.
Bower moved to the sideline while keeping his general manager role when Byron Scott was fired on Thursday.
Peja Stojakovic scored 15 points for New Orleans, hitting six free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Rookie reserve Marcus Thornton added 12 points and Emeka Okafor grabbed 14 rebounds.
Chris Kaman scored 17 points for Los Angeles, Rasual Butler had 12 and Steve Novak 10. Marcus Camby finished with 14 rebounds.
The Hornets enjoyed their largest lead at 95-79 when Marcus Thornton hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles called timeout after the second one, then began to chip away at the deficit.
Thornton scored two quick baskets on strong inside moves, the second as he was fouled. He and Davis combined for back-to-back driving layups later to pull Los Angeles to 97-88.
After West's free throws, Davis, who was 7 of 21 shooting, hit his first 3 in eight tries.
The Hornets finally stalled the Clippers' momentum when West tipped in James Posey's driving dunk attempt as it rattled out with 2:15 to go. West then added a jumper to make it 103-91.
New Orleans outrebounded the Clippers 51-36 and outscored Los Angeles at the foul line, 28-17.
The Hornets lost their first two games under Bower, who did not get to hold his first full practice until Monday.
One day later, New Orleans' offense looked more fluid as the Hornets shot nearly 48 percent in the first half and built a 14-point lead.
Paul missed his second game with a sprained left ankle, but the Hornets got excellent play from the point guard spot throughout. Collison scored eight points and Bobby Brown 12 in the first half.
The Clippers shot 51 percent during the first two periods, but fell behind early because they committed more turnovers and didn't get to the foul line as often. Still, they scored the last five points of the second quarter on Thornton's inside basket and Butler's 3 to pull to 58-53 at halftime.
NOTES: Clippers G Kareem Rush injured his right knee and left the New Orleans Arena to get an MRI. ... The Clippers have lost 11 straight to the Hornets in the regular season. ... In these teams' first meeting in Los Angeles eight nights earlier, the Hornets dominated in an 112-84 victory, during which Devin Brown tied a career high with 25 points. ... Reserve center Hilton Armstrong did not dress because of a right shoulder sprain that occurred in Monday's practice.