HORNETS 88, BOBCATS 81
David West had 26 points and eight rebounds and weary New Orleans took advantage of Tyrus Thomas’s late ejection to claim its fourth straight victory.
Chris Paul added 19 points for the Hornets, who after playing their second straight overtime game didn’t arrive at their Charlotte hotel until 6:15 a.m. Saturday following travel problems.
Thomas was ejected for elbowing Emeka Okafor in the face after grabbing a rebound with 2:38 left and New Orleans up 81-77. Okafor and West hit four straight free throws following the flagrant foul to put it away. Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson had 15 points apiece for the cold shooting Bobcats.