Hornets 96, Kings 94

David West had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the New Orleans

Hornets held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 96-94 on Tuesday


Andres Nocioni had a chance to tied it when he rebounded Tyreke

Evans’ miss and was fouled with just over a second left. He missed

his first free throw, then was forced to miss the second in hopes

of a putback that never had a chance because of a Kings lane


Hornets reserve Darius Songaila scored 11 points, none bigger

than his inside basket with 12 seconds left that put New Orleans

ahead for good. Chris Paul, in his second game back from a sprained

left ankle, had 15 points and 12 assists. Emeka Okafor added 17

points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans.

Evans led the Kings with 25 points.