Mavs Hang on to Top Hornets
Lamar Odom scored 16 points in his first start of the season and the Dallas Mavericks overcame the absence of Dirk Nowitzki to send the New Orleans Hornets to a seventh-straight loss, 83-81 on Saturday night.
Delonte West scored 16, while Shawn Marion had 14 points and a season-high 12 rebounds for the Mavs.
Jason Terry added 12 points, including two free throws in the final seconds that made it 83-80 before Jason Kidd made sure to foul Jarrett Jack before he could attempt a game-tying 3.
The foul gave Jack two free throws. He missed the second on purpose, but could not convert a quick putback for the tie.
Emeka Okafor tied a season high with 16 points and grabbed a season-best 17 rebounds for New Orleans.