INDIANAPOLIS – David West had 20 points and Rasual Butler scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter as the New Orleans Hornets beat the Indiana Pacers 100-91 on Friday night.

Jermaine O’Neal led the Pacers with 25 points.

Peja Stojakovic, who played for the Pacers for the second half of last season before signing with the Hornets in July, was booed during introductions and several more times throughout the game. He finished with eight points on 3-for-10 shooting and had five turnovers.

New Orleans point guard Chris Paul finished with 16 points and six assists and Tyson Chandler had 15 rebounds for the Hornets (2-0).

The Pacers led 72-69 heading into the fourth quarter, and increased that to 74-69 on a basket by Marquis Daniels.

New Orleans responded with a 14-0 run, highlighted by a dunk by Cedric Simmons, to take an 83-74 lead halfway through the final period.

The Pacers cut the deficit to 91-84 on a 3-pointer by Danny Granger with 2:28 remaining, but Paul scored two late baskets to keep the Hornets in control.

New Orleans led 48-40 at halftime despite two of its stars struggling. Paul was held to four points and Stojakovic scored just five points in 11 minutes while playing through foul trouble.

Indiana forward Al Harrington was shut out in the first half, but he scored four quick points in the third quarter in an 8-0 run that tied the score at 48. The Pacers held the Hornets scoreless for the first 3:30 of the quarter.

The Hornets quickly responded with a 9-0 run that included Chandler’s highlight-reel one-handed jam down the lane over Stephen Jackson.

Jackson came back with a 3-pointer, then scored a bucket to tie the game at 63. The Pacers scored 32 points in the third quarter to take a 72-69 lead into the fourth.

Notes: The Pacers celebrated the start of their 40th season by introducing several original team members before the game. … James White, a rookie the Pacers picked up in a draft-day trade, signed with San Antonio days after Indiana cut him.

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