Hawks amass 20 turnovers in 92-86 loss

ATLANTA - The New Orleans Hornets like playing on the road this season. They like playing the Atlanta Hawks anywhere.

David West had 22 points and 17 rebounds and the Hornets won for the eighth time in 10 road games this season, beating the turnover-plagued Hawks 92-86 on Friday night.

The Hornets moved to 17-9 in their last 26 games against the Hawks.

New Orleans won with a 22-10 advantage in points off turnovers. The Hawks committed 20 turnovers.

Chris Paul had 20 points for New Orleans. Jannero Pargo had 13 and Morris Peterson added 12.

The Hawks stayed close, even leading at halftime, despite their problems handling the ball. Back-to-back baskets by Peterson gave the Hornets their first double-figure lead at 82-69 with 6:09 left.

Atlanta answered with six straight points before Pargo hit a jumper and a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions for New Orleans.

Josh Smith's three-point play with 30 seconds left cut the lead to 87-83.

Marvin Williams led the Hawks with 18 points, and Joe Johnson had 17 points and 9 assists. Smith added 16 points and 9 rebounds.

Hawks rookie Al Horford had 9 points and matched his high with 15 rebounds.

The Hawks led 45-43 at halftime despite a 10-3 deficit in offensive rebounds.

Atlanta has played its best defense in the second half of its last five games, giving up an average of 37.6 points in the final two periods, including 14.2 in the final quarter. The Hornets were consistent, matching their 43 first-half points with 43 in the second half.

The Hawks' defensive efforts were undone by their offensive shortcomings against the Hornets. The Hawks committed nine turnovers in the third quarter, leading to seven points for the Hornets.


Tyson Chandler didn't play in the second half after losing dental work in a collision. ... Paul had 16 points in the first half. ... Hawks rookie PG Acie Law (left ankle sprain) practiced on Thursday and participated in Friday's shootaround before missing his eighth straight game. Law started five games before suffering the injury. ... Williams returned to Atlanta's starting lineup after missing one game with a hip injury.