David West had 17 points and Trevor Ariza added 16 to help New Orleans improve to 11-1 with a 75-71 home victory yesterday over Sacramento.
The Hornets have won three straight to match San Antonio for the best record in the NBA.
Donte Greene had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento. The Kings have dropped 7 of 8 games since opening the season 3-1.
The Hornets completed a trade Saturday that sent Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless to Toronto for Jarrett Jack, David Andersen, and Marcus Banks. The three new players are expected to join the Hornets tonight in Los Angeles for a game against the Clippers.
Marco Belinelli scored 12 points and Chris Paul had 14 assists for the Hornets, who shot 32 percent and had a season-low point total. Paul shot 2 of 12 and scored a season-low 9 points.
Luther Head had 11 points for the Kings and Tyreke Evans was limited to 9.
Kings rookie center DeMarcus Cousins had a 3-point play to cut the Hornets’ lead to 2 points with 32 seconds left, but Belinelli made two free throws with 6.4 seconds left to extend New Orleans’s lead to 75-71.
Lakers 117, Warriors 89 — Pau Gasol scored 28 points, Kobe Bryant added 20, and the Lakers took a 30-point lead on the visiting Warriors in the first half of their fourth straight victory.
Lamar Odom had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who beat their upstate rivals for the 11th straight time, including twice at Staples Center in three weeks.
This one was a laugher by halftime, when the Lakers had hit nearly 66 percent of their shots.
Dorell Wright scored 16 points on 5-of-17 shooting and Stephen Curry added 13 in the Warriors’ fourth loss in five games. Monta Ellis sat out most of the second half after landing hard on his hip.
Pistons 115, Wizards 110 — Richard Hamilton scored 12 of his 27 points in overtime in Detroit’s home victory over Washington.
John Wall, the top pick in this year’s draft, missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained left foot. He was on the Wizards’ active list, and coach Flip Saunders said before the game that he hoped to play him a few minutes, but Wall ended up watching in street clothes.
Charlie Villanueva added 25 points for Detroit. JaVale McGee had 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Wizards. Gilbert Arenas added 19 points and a career-high 16 assists.