Hornets win fifth straight game
David West had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets won their fifth straight, 85-81 over the Toronto Raptors on Monday.
West's jumper with 31.7 seconds left put New Orleans ahead 83-81. He then preserved the lead with a block on Amir Johnson in the paint, got the rebound, was fouled and hit two free throws for the final margin.
Emeka Okafor had 17 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, tying a Hornets franchise record with 12 offensive rebounds. Reserve guard Jarrett Jack added 17 points - 15 in the second half - while Chris Paul had 11 assists.
DeMar DeRozen scored 23 points for Toronto, which let a 12-point third-quarter lead slip away en route to its fourth-straight loss. Johnson scored 17 points.