HOUSTON (AP) -- Chase Budinger scored a season-high 27 points and Marcus Morris hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to lift the Houston Rockets to an 84-77 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night in the season finale for both teams.
The Hornets end the season in last place in the Southwest Division but finished strong, winning eight of their last 13 games.
Houston finished one spot above New Orleans in the standings with a 34-32 record after a late-season collapse that cost the team a playoff spot.
The Hornets got 13 points apiece from Jerome Dyson, Lance Thomas and Darryl Watkins. Watkins also had three steals to set career highs in both points and steals.