Hornets knock off Grizz

3-20-07 -- David West scored 26 points, and Chris Paul added 23 points and nine assists to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 114-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.

West connected on 10-of-15 shots from the floor, leading six Hornets in double figures. Tyson Chandler had 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting, 11 rebounds and three blocks, while Rasual Butler finished with 15 points, and Desmond Mason had 14.

Pau Gasol led Memphis with 28 points and 10 rebounds and hit 11 of 14 shots. Mike Miller scored 13 points, all in the first quarter, while Rudy Gay, Dahntay Jones and Chucky Atkins scored 12 points each. Tarence Kinsey had 10.

New Orleans built their lead in the third period, by connecting on 11 of their 16 shots. The Hornets were shooting 62 percent from the field entering the final period and finished with a 59 percent night from the field.

New Orleans extended the lead to 18 in the early minutes of the fourth. The Hornets lead would eventually reach 20, and although the Memphis reserves cut it to 110-101 in the closing minutes, New Orleans held on for its third win in the last four games after starting the month 0-6.

Memphis, which was coming off a 104-103 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, failed again to win consecutive games and has lost nine of its last 11.

Both teams shot well in the first half and the score was knotted at 61 at the half. Memphis, led by Gasol's 20 points and Miller's 13, shot 63 percent in the half, while New Orleans connected on 59 percent. Gasol missed only one of his nine shots in the half.

New Orleans finally created some space from the Grizzlies in the third period by hitting nine of their first 11 shots after halftime. When Butler hit a 3-pointer with under a minute left in the quarter, the Hornets had the first double-digit lead of the game, and New Orleans led 92-81 heading into the final period.