Hornets 99-96 in OT over Mavs in Dirk's 1st start

Hornets 99-96 in OT over Mavs in Dirk's 1st start
January 5, 2013, 11:17 pm
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New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams, right, talks with forward Lance Thomas (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)


DALLAS (AP) Eric Gordon completed a three-point play with 4.7 seconds left in overtime and the New Orleans Hornets won 99-96 Saturday night at Dallas to spoil the Mavericks' first game this season with Dirk Nowitzki in the starting lineup.

After a timeout, O.J. Mayo was beyond the 3-point line when Gordon went up in the air and by him. Gordon's foot made contact with the ball, knocking it loose. Instead of a foul, officials called it a kicked ball. Dallas got one more chance but Vince Carter's shot from the right corner ricocheted off the rim.

Nowitzki had a team-high 20 points in 34 minutes, his most extensive action this season. He missed a free throw with 18 seconds left in regulation that would have put the Mavericks ahead by a point.

New Orleans' Greivis Vasquez had 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, but missed a final shot.