The Hornets trailed by 18 points and never led by more than two, but got a much-needed victory in their quest for a playoff spot when Francis dribbled back after grabbing an offensive rebound to shoot a 3-pointer that rattled out just before the buzzer.
"We were like, please don't go in," reserve Rasual Butler said. "It's a feeling of relief, also a feeling of we're still in the thick of things."
West finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets. Chris Paul, playing with a stress reaction in his left foot, had 20 points and eight assists, and Butler scored 17 points.