OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 23 (Ticker) -- Calbert Cheaney
Golden State Warriors from a head-scratching loss.
Cheaney scored 10 of his season-high 18 points in overtime as
the Warriors surrendered a 12-point lead before escaping with a
115-109 victory over the New Orleans Hornets in the first
triple-overtime game in the NBA this season.
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It was Golden State's longest game since a quadruple-overtime
win vs. New Jersey on Feb. 1, 1987. It was the longest game
in Hornets' franchise history.
After not scoring more than eight points in a game this season,
Cheaney made two layups in the second overtime. In the third
extra session, he hit two jumpers as Golden State built a
"(I just had to) be aggressive, that's all," Cheaney said.
"Nothing special with the shot, just trying to make something
happen. Both teams seemed like they were getting a little bit
tired, and I think our conditioning took over there for us in
the third overtime."
The Warriors relinquished a 12-point fourth-quarter lead by
missing 14-of-17 shots and 5-of-9 free throws. New Orleans'
, who collected 14 points and 15 rebounds, knotted the
contest, 86-86, with three seconds left in regulation.
"The play wasn't designed for me," Brown said. "Darrell (Armstrong
) lost the ball, it was a loose ball and I knew the
time was running down and I knew I had to get it up as quick as
possible. A quick shot to try to get it into overtime and
hopefully win the game."
"This team showed a lot of character," Cheaney said. "I think
we can build on it. Consider the situation we were in -- we got
down, came back, got down again. We have a very good basketball
team, it's a matter of putting it together."
Despite the valiant comeback, New Orleans coach Byron Scott
not pleased with his team's failure to build on Monday's win.
"We lost the game three times, that's basically how I look at
it," Scott said. "We really should've won it before overtime and
all three overtimes we should've won the game.
"I question our guys aggressiveness at the beginning of the
game. The first half we didn't play hard like we did last
night. The second half we did and we're not good enough to do
that. I don't understand that. And then we made some bonehead
mistakes. We just didn't play very smart at the end."
scored six of his 21 points in the first overtime
when Golden State rallied on Mike Dunleavy
's 3-pointer with
13.8 seconds left to tie the game, 97-97.
"I made six straight points and just got it going," Claxton
said. "I didn't want us to lose. Especially the way we had
the lead going into the fourth, it's just a great comeback
win for us."
"I was proud of the guys, we played very hard tonight," Golden
State coach Mike Montgomery
said. "We made some mistakes late
and missed some free throws. Dunleavy's three was huge, we were
looking for a two. I thought Calbert was really good also, he
did a great job scoring the ball."
After being told earlier in the day by Dr. Norm Zemel that his
injured right hand did not need surgery, Jason Richardson
collected 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
"It's doing pretty good, it's just a little sore," Richardson
said. "It's going to be like that after games, I've just got to
ice it down and take it from there. It (hurts more) with the
dunks and pulling all the way back for the threes."
All-Star Jamaal Magloire
was dominant in the middle for the
Hornets, scoring 27 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
"It's frustrating," Magloire said. "We gave ourselves
chances to win three times and we blew each one so it is
frustrating. We feel like we made a step back and that's
Magloire refused to use fatigue from last night's win in
Utah as an excuse for the loss.
"I don't think we were energy-drained," he said. "All
that's mental, I just think that they made some shots
and we didn't, and that was the difference in the game."