Wests 24 points, 10 rebounds lift Hornets past Clippers, 110-102

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Missing star point guard Chris Paul, the New Orleans Hornets found a way to rally and make their new coach a winner for the first time.
David West had 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Hornets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-102 Tuesday in general manager Jeff Bower's third game behind the New Orleans bench in place of the fired Byron Scott.
With 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. Shooting guard Devin Brown added 16 points.
"We've been through a lot here in the last couple of weeks and we're just showing him that we're trying as a team, as an organization, to turn everything around and that we appreciate everything that (he's) done," Brown said. "It's just Step 1. We've got a long way to go, but we're just telling him, 'Thank you."'
Bower had lost his first two games since taking on the dual role of GM and coach, and also lost Paul to a left ankle injury that could keep the star point guard out for several weeks.
Because of the timing of the coaching change, Bower did not hold his first full practice until Monday.
"After everything that we put into it yesterday, it was great to come out and reward ourselves with a victory," Brown said. "I think guys felt a lot better after that practice. I think it showed tonight because we were able to move the ball around and we were knocking shots down."
Elsewhere in the NBA it was: Denver 130 Toronto 112; Cleveland 114 Golden State 108; Oklahoma City 100 Miami 87; Phoenix 111 Houston 105; Indiana 91 New Jersey 83; Los Angeles Lakers 106 Detroit 93; and Chicago 101 Sacramento 87.
At New Orleans, Paul still managed an assist of sorts, organizing the post-game gesture of giving the game ball to Bower.
"It made me feel good," Bower said. "They gave great effort and it was a pretty good night for us."
New Orleans led by as much as 14 in the first half and never trailed after the first quarter.
"Any time you give a team like that a big lead, especially on the road, it's going to be tough to come back," said Clippers centre Marcus Camby, who had 14 rebounds. "We dug ourselves in too deep of a hole to climb out of it. We weren't hitting shots that we normally make. I think that was pretty much the ballgame."
Al Thornton scored 30 points and former Hornets guard Baron Davis had 23 for the Clippers, who have lost four of five. Chris Kaman finished with 17 points, Rasual Butler had 12 and Steve Novak 10.
The Clippers also lost reserve guard Kareem Rush, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when his leg buckled on a play in the first quarter.
Peja Stojakovic scored 15 points for New Orleans, hitting six free throws in the final minute to seal the win. Rookie reserve Marcus Thornton added 12 points and Emeka Okafor grabbed 14 rebounds.
The Hornets enjoyed their largest lead at 95-79 when Marcus Thornton hit a pair of three-pointers early in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles called timeout after the second one, then began to chip away at the deficit.
Al 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 three 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.
Nuggets 130 Raptors 112
At Denver, Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points and reserve J.R. Smith finished with 29 for the Nuggets in a win over Toronto.
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Cavaliers 114 Warriors 108
At Cleveland, LeBron James had 31 points and 12 assists, J.J. Hickson added a career-high 21 points and the Cavaliers held off a gutsy effort by short-handed Golden State.
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Thunder 100 Heat 87
At Miami, Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook had 24 and Oklahoma City added to its surprising start with a victory over the Heat.
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Suns 111 Rockets 105
At Houston, Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points, Victoria's Steve Nash had 16 assists and Phoenix recovered from a slow start to get the win.
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Pacers 91 Nets 83
At East Rutherford, N.J., Danny Granger scored 22 points, Roy Hibbert tied a career high with 19 and Indiana dropped New Jersey to 0-11..
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Lakers 106 Pistons 93
At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 40 points for the 100th time in his career, and the Lakers avoided a rare three-game losing streak with a victory over Detroit.
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Bulls 101 Kings 87
At Sacramento, Calif., John Salmons scored 23 points to lift the Bulls to the victory.

Organizations: New Orleans Hornets, Lakers, Nuggets

Geographic location: New Orleans, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City Denver Toronto Cleveland Golden Miami Houston Victoria Phoenix East Rutherford, N.J. Indiana New Jersey Detroit Sacramento, Calif.

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