NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at New Orleans
(Wednesday, March 9th)
Final Score: New Jersey 86, New Orleans 85 (OT)
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Vince Carter scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the New Jersey Nets past the New Orleans Hornets, 86-85, in a wild overtime game at New Orleans Arena. Jason Kidd added 15 points and nine assists for the Nets, who halted a three-game losing streak.
J.R. Smith had 23 points and missed two crucial free throws late for New Orleans, which dropped its second straight and fifth game in its last seven tries.
Trailing by one late in overtime, Jason Collins missed a pair of free throws that would have given the Nets the lead. However, he got the rebound on his second miss and went right back up with it. Chris Andersen, though, blocked the shot which Kidd corralled and drove to the hoop, where he laid it in and was subsequently fouled by Andersen.
Kidd made the ensuing free throw, giving the Nets an 86-84 lead with 2.5 seconds remaining. After a timeout, the Hornets inbounded the ball and New Jersey immediately fouled the rookie Smith beyond the arc. He was deemed to be in the act of shooting, though, and was given three shots.
Smith, though, missed the first two shots to seal the Hornets fate. Smith then tried to miss the final free throw, but wound up banking it in to provide the final margin.
With the loss, New Orleans dropped to 0-40 when trailing after three periods.
Trailing by as many as 19 and five heading into the final quarter, New Orleans crept to within two, 71-69, on P.J. Brown's three-point play with 3:38 left in the game. New Jersey eventually went back up by four, but the Hornets again came back and knotted the game at 75 on a Speedy Claxton free throw just inside a minute to play.
After the teams traded baskets, New Jersey had the ball with 30 seconds remaining. Carter got off an off-balanced shot and Claxton grabbed the rebound, giving the Hornets the ball with a chance to win it with 8.2 seconds remaining.
However, Bostjan Nachbar's three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark, sending the game into overtime.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well in the contest, with each team connecting at a 37-percent clip.
Leading by a point, New Jersey reeled off a 17-2 run, including 14 straight points at one point, to take a 27-11 advantage on Collins' free throw with 42 seconds remaining in the opening stanza. New Orleans scored the final basket of the first and went into the second quarter trailing by 14.
The Hornets scored the first seven points of the second to get within 27-20, but New Jersey scored 18 of the next 24 points to take a 45-26 lead. New Orleans then tallied the final eight points of the half, but still trailed by eight heading into the locker room.
Jacque Vaughn had 12 points to lead the Nets in the half, while Dan Dickau's eight points paced the Hornets.
New Orleans outscored New Jersey 24-18 in the third and went into the final quarter trailing by five.
Andersen had 12 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season...The Nets have won in three of their last four road games against the Hornets...New Orleans has lost five of its last seven home games and will wrap up a five-game homestand versus Milwaukee on Saturday.
03/09 23:21:23 ET