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News » Paul, Hornets floor it in OT Defense, Dirk go away in clutch as three-game winning streak is over


Paul, Hornets floor it in OT Defense, Dirk go away in clutch as three-game winning streak is over


Paul, Hornets floor it in OT Defense, Dirk go away in clutch as three-game winning streak is over NEW ORLEANS - This time, it was Jason Terry with the fourth-quarter glory. And even his heroics weren't enough.

The Mavericks rallied, then faltered at the end of regulation, and they had nothing left in overtime as the New Orleans Hornets ran away with a 114-107 victory Wednesday night, snapping the Mavericks' three-game winning streak.

The Mavericks were hindered by the absence of Dirk Nowitzki, who had poured in 29 fourth-quarter points on Tuesday night but fouled out late in the fourth quarter against the Hornets.

Terry and Erick Dampier, who had 16 points and 14 rebounds, did their best to give the Mavericks a chance. But it was the Hornets who made the key plays, with Peja Stojakovic throwing in a 3-pointer with 6.7 seconds showing to tie the score at 97.

Before that, Stojakovic was 0-for-7 from the field.

In the fourth quarter, David West, Emeka Okafor and Chris Paul, who had 39 points, took over, and the Mavericks' defense deserted them.

Terry finished with 35 points and he had 18 of them in the fourth quarter, when he tried to will the Mavericks to a win. Terry hit all six of his shots in the period.

But when the Mavericks didn't close it out in regulation, they were done in the extra period.

When Terry scored seven of the Mavericks' first nine points of the fourth quarter, they'd turned a five-point deficit into a 78-74 lead. When he sliced through Hornet defenders and flipped up an off-balance layup while getting fouled, it was almost as if he was trying to out-do Nowitzki's wild antics.

With the score 92-92, Terry hit two free throws with 43.6 to go. After Paul missed for the Hornets, something he didn't do often, Dampier's tip gave the Mavericks some breathing room.

But the Hornets scored in 2.5 seconds and Terry hit just one of two free throws with 13.1 left for a 95-92 lead. On the inbounds play, Paul was called for pushing off on J.J. Barea.

Then it got weird. Terry and Barea combined to miss three free throws with 9.5 left, giving the Hornets yet another chance to tie.

This time, the Hornets cashed in. Stojakovic tossed in his tying 3-pointer from straight away. The Mavs didn't get a shot off before regulation ended, and in fact turned the ball over and gave Paul a 35-foot prayer that missed.

The Mavericks were shorthanded from the start. In addition to Josh Howard and Tim Thomas, who have yet to play this season, they were without Quinton Ross (lower back) and Drew Gooden (muscle strain near right rib cage).

Inspired hires for D-League team: The Frisco team in the National Basketball Development League will hire hall of famer Nancy Lieberman as its first coach, and the news is not surprising to some of Lieberman's longtime friends.

"It's a great hire," Mavericks' coach Rick Carlisle said. "I've known Nancy for 15 years and consider her one of the greatest competitors our sport has ever seen. And I know she'll succeed."

Lieberman will be flanked by two other members of Basketball's royalty. Longtime NBA coach Del Harris will serve as the Frisco team's general manager. Spud Webb, one of the best sub-6-foot players in NBA history and also one of the best to come out of Dallas, will be president of Basketball operations.

French Quarter start: Whether it was planned or not, it was a nice touch that Carlisle gave Roddy Beaubois his first NBA start in the shadows of the French Quarter. Beaubois is from Guadeloupe, a French Indies island.

The rookie made the decision look good when he scored the Mavs' first nine points.

DALLAS 17 31 21 28 10 - 107

NEW ORLEANS 25 25 24 23 17 - 114

DALLAS Min FG

M-A FT

M-A Reb

O-T A PF PTS

Totals 265:00 39-85 18-24 12-40 19 25 107

Marion 38:42 3-9 2-2 4-6 0 1 8

Nowitzki 37:16 4-15 4-5 0-5 2 6 12

Dampier 33:46 7-8 2-2 7-14 0 4 16

Kidd 43:53 3-12 0-0 1-5 10 1 9

Beaubois 13:31 4-6 0-0 0-0 1 2 9

Terry 39:29 12-18 7-10 0-2 3 2 35

Barea 28:27 3-10 0-2 0-1 3 4 8

Humphries 19:21 2-4 3-3 0-3 0 3 7

Singleton 10:35 1-3 0-0 0-4 0 2 3

Pct.: FG .459, FT .750.

3-point goals: 11-26, .423 (Terry 4-8, Kidd 3-7, Barea 2-6, Beaubois 1-2, Singleton 1-2, Nowitzki 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 9.

Team Turnover: 17 (14 PTS).

Blocks: 6 (Dampier 3, Marion 2, Barea).

Turnovers: 17 (Marion 5, Beaubois 2, Humphries 2, Kidd 2, Nowitzki 2, Barea, Dampier, Singleton, Terry).

Steals: 4 (Marion, Nowitzki, Singleton, Terry).

Technical Fouls: None.

NEW ORLEANS Min FG

M-A FT

M-A Reb

O-T A PF PTS

Totals 265:00 46-92 14-17 14-44 24 26 114

Wright 17:45 0-3 0-0 2-7 1 1 0

West 42:35 10-18 5-5 6-10 5 3 25

Okafor 40:39 5-7 1-4 4-13 3 4 11

Paul 45:22 14-23 8-8 1-5 7 5 39

Peterson 29:06 3-9 0-0 1-5 0 2 8

Stojakovic 28:52 1-8 0-0 0-1 3 0 3

BBrown 30:19 8-15 0-0 0-1 1 5 18

Armstrong 6:35 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 0

Songaila 16:11 5-5 0-0 0-2 1 2 10

Posey 7:36 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 2 0

Pct.: FG .500, FT .824.

3-point goals: 8-20, .400 (Paul 3-4, B.Brown 2-4, Peterson 2-5, Stojakovic 1-6, Posey 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 8.

Team Turnover: 15 (22 PTS).

Blocks: 5 (Okafor 3, Stojakovic, Wright).

Turnovers: 13 (B.Brown 3, Okafor 3, Paul 3, Posey, Songaila, Stojakovic, Wright).

Steals: 11 (West 3, Paul 2, Songaila 2, Armstrong, B.Brown, Okafor, Peterson).

Technical Fouls: Coach Scott, 0:09.5 fourth.

A: 13,566 (17,188). T: 2:43.

Officials: Derrick Stafford, Brian Forte, Gary Zielinski.


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