NBA Game Summary - Memphis at New Orleans/Oklahoma City
(Friday, December 22nd)
Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 100, Memphis 97 (OT)
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Desmond Mason scored the go-ahead bucket in overtime and posted 17 points and 12 rebounds, as the injury-riddled New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets downed the equally-struggling Memphis Grizzlies, 100-97, at the Ford Center.
The Grizzlies got off three shots, none of which dropped, and Chris Paul scored a runner down the lane with 6.2 seconds left in regulation to put the Hornets ahead by two.
Pau Gasol scored 11 straight points down the stretch capped by a layup with nine-tenths of a second on the clock to re-tie the score at 90. Brian Cardinal deflected the Hornets' inbound pass to send the game into overtime.
Alexander Johnson hit a layup with 44.4 seconds left in the overtime period, but Mason answered with one of his own for a one-point Hornets lead with 25.3 seconds left.
Memphis failed to get off a shot on the ensuing possession, as Chucky Atkins turned the ball over on an errant pass. Jannero Pargo got fouled and converted both free throws with 6.6 seconds left to make it a three-point game, and Damon Stoudamire managed to fire off a three-point attempt that missed to preserve the win for the Hornets.
Marc Jackson posted 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who stopped a four-game losing streak and were without three key contributors in guards Peja Stojakovic and Bobby Jackson and forward David West.
"We have played really hard the last few games and have nothing to show for it," New Orleans/Oklahoma City coach Byron Scott said. "We talked to the guys that it is one or two plays that would make us 13-12. That would be pretty good for the absence for the the guys that we have."
Pargo added 17 points and Paul contributed 15 points and 14 assists. Hilton Armstrong scored 14 points and Rasual Butler donated 12.
Gasol posted team-highs with 28 points and nine rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have lost eight of their last nine games. Mike Miller notched 18 points, eight boards and six assists. Stoudamire and Cardinal both added nine points.
Memphis edged an early 22-21 first-quarter lead, but got outscored by six in the second to trail 45-40 at halftime.
The Grizzlies outscored the Hornets by 10 in the third quarter to lead 70-65 heading into the fourth.
"I thought Brian Cardinal gave us a great lift there in the third quarter," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "It got us turned around. Unfortunately, the same thing that hurt us throughout the game hurt us in the end and that is offensive rebounds."
The Hornets outrebounded Memphis 57-37...The Hornets won three of four meetings between the clubs in 2005-06, including a 107-102 decision at the Ford Center in March.
12/22 23:48:50 ET