NBA Game Summary - New Orleans/Oklahoma City at Denver
(Wednesday, February 7th)
Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 114, Denver 112 (OT)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Desmond Mason's layup at the buzzer lifted the Hornets over the Nuggets, 114-112, in overtime at the Pepsi Center.
Mason, who ended with 23 points, also spearheaded a key 16-4 run late in regulation, helping the Hornets overcome a 12-point deficit and extend the contest.
Devin Brown and David West each added 17 points and seven rebounds, as the Hornets won for the third time in four contests.
Carmelo Anthony had 27 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead the Nuggets, who lost for the third straight time and for the seventh time in eight outings. Anthony, though, did miss a potential game-winning bucket at the end of regulation.
Allen Iverson chipped in with 22 points and Nene had 18 points and eight rebounds for Denver, which opened up a double-digit lead late in the fourth only to falter down the stretch.
Denver led 97-85 late in regulation, but the Hornets went on a 16-4 run to tie the game. Mason stole a Steve Blake pass intended for Anthony, converted the breakaway layup, and the ensuing free throw after being fouled to end the surge with one minute left to play.
The two sides then exchanged buckets and Anthony had a chance to get the win in regulation, but his wide-open jumper got nothing but air with 2.7 seconds left and the two sides went into the extra session.
In overtime, the Hornets opened up a 112-107 lead, their first of the game. Anthony, though, hit a pair of free throws and J.R. Smith tied the game with a desperation three-pointer with 17 seconds on the clock.
The Hornets then won the game when Mason grabbed the loose ball off the floor and laid it in just before the buzzer sounded.
"I thought we were aggressive," said Hornets head coach Byron Scott. "We didn't lay down. Every now and then, they surprised me by showing me the resiliency I know we have. In the second half we played like we are capable of playing."
Chris Paul had 15 points and seven assist for the Hornets, who trailed 31-22 after one quarter and 56-51 heading into halftime.
Marcus Camby missed the game with a strained groin...The Hornets improved to 8-16 on the road this season...Denver fell to 13-14 at home...Blake ended with 14 points...The Hornets have won both games in the season series...The Hornets had a season-high 57 rebounds...Denver had won six straight OT games.
02/08 00:29:59 ET