NBA Game Summary - Memphis at New Orleans
(Friday, December 7th)
Final Score: New Orleans 118, Memphis 116 (OT)
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Chris Paul sliced through the Grizzlies defense and dropped in a layup with 1.8 seconds left in overtime, giving the New Orleans Hornets a hard-fought 118-116 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
"I just got a few open shots," said Paul. "I tell the guys on the team I can shoot a little bit if they leave me open. Things just worked out, and in the end, we got the ball screen and they couldn't find a way to stop it."
Paul scored a career-high 43 points, making 15-of-27 shots from the field, including 5-of-7 from behind the arc, to lead the Hornets to their third win in four games. David West scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Tyson Chandler raked in 19 boards to go along with 13 points for New Orleans.
Rudy Gay tied a career high with 31 points, including a game-tying three- pointer with 23.8 seconds left in the extra session. Pau Gasol had 26 points, 10 boards, and seven assists, and Mike Miller also scored 26 points for the Grizzlies, who have lost three straight and four of five.
Paul's jumper put the Hornets ahead 105-100 with 2:32 remaining in regulation, but Gasol dropped in a fadeaway bank shot to cut the deficit back to three points. Kyle Lowry then made two free throws to make it a one-point game and, after West turned the ball over on an offensive foul for the second straight possession, Lowry darted through the lane and laid the ball in for a 106-105 lead with 1:21 left.
A technical foul on Paul for arguing a no-call gave Miller a free throw, and the Grizzlies led by two with 39.5 seconds remaining. Paul did draw the foul on the ensuing possession, though, and calmly sank two free throws to tie the game at 107-107 with 33.1 seconds left.
Both Gay and Paul had open looks close to the basket with a chance for the win in the final seconds, but neither could come through, and the game went to overtime.
The Hornets took an early three-point lead in the extra session, which stood until Gay drained a pull-up fadeaway three from the wing to knot things up at 116-116 with 23.8 ticks left. The Grizzlies defense let them down, though, as Paul was able to drive the lane virtually unimpeded before laying in the game- winner with 1.8 seconds left.
"He is going to be a great player," said Grizzlies head coach Marc Iavaroni. "He is already a top player in the league. They (Hornets) got a real prize there. I'm just really proud of our guys for the way they battled the whole game."
Memphis had one more chance, but on the ensuing inbounds play Gasol tried to quickly redirect Miller's pass to another Grizzlies player, but was off on his tip, which deflected out of bounds.
The Hornets led 55-47 at the break, and 85-80 after three quarters of play.
Memphis guard Damon Stoudamire missed the game with flu-like symptoms. Lowry started in his place, and finished with 14 points, nine assists, and nine rebounds...The Grizzlies shot 56 percent from the field, to only 46 percent from the Hornets, but New Orleans actually made two more field goals as they got off 22 more shots than Memphis, which shot 44-for-79. New Orleans, behind Paul's sharpshooting, sank 8-of-20 beyond the arc, where the Grizzlies made 5- of-17.
12/07 23:55:28 ET