NEW ORLEANS, March 28 (Ticker) -- LeBron James would not allow the Cleveland Cavaliers' road losing streak to continue.

James scored 17 of his 44 points in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers overcame a 17-point deficit for their first road victory in over two months, a 109-108 overtime triumph over the New Orleans Hornets.

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"We didn't know we had a losing streak on the road until we got to about seven or eight (games)," Cleveland forward Drew Gooden said. "It was so long ago. We should build on this, our first road win with (interim coach Brendan Malone)."

Entering with 11 straight losses away from home since a 105-87 win at Golden State on January 22, the Cavaliers were on their way to another road setback as the Hornets opened an 84-67 lead on a dunk by Chris Andersen with 9:41 to go.

But James, who played the entire 53 minutes, took over, scoring 14 points during a 30-7 run that gave Cleveland a 97-91 advantage with 3:35 remaining.

"I just wanted to get in the game and put us in a position to win," he said. "It was time for me to shoot the ball and every time I shoot the ball, I feel like it is going in. ... My ankle is hurting a lot and I knew I just couldn't sit on the bench."

"You could see it in his eyes," Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "The thing that disappoints me is that we just took a back seat. We didn't challenge him or their whole team."

James made two 3-pointers in the burst after missing all five attempts in the first 36 minutes and Sasha Pavlovic added a pair from the arc.

"We never gave up," Malone said. "Everybody can take some credit. ... The two threes each by LeBron and Sasha were enormous."

However, James was unable to seal the win in the final moments of regulation.

With 11 seconds to go and the Cavaliers leading, 100-99, James committed one of his 10 turnovers. Lee Nailon made an errant breakout pass, giving back possession to Cleveland.

"It was a terrible pass," Scott said. "That's the bottom line. We had two guys that were ahead of the pack. I don't know what (Nailon) was thinking or what was on his mind, but he just threw it way too hard. There was no way that anybody was going to catch up to it."

Rookie J.R. Smith was forced to foul James, who made just 1-of-2 free throws, and Bostjan Nachbar, who scored 17 points, hit a short jumper with two seconds left to tie it at 101-101.

"I knew I had to put it up because time was running down," Nachbar said. "No one was on me, so I just put the ball up and it went in."

Zydrunas Ilgauskas missed a shot at the buzzer, forcing overtime.

P.J. Brown sank a jumper with 24 seconds remaining to give the Hornets a 108-106 edge. With eight seconds to go, James missed a layup before Gooden grabbed the rebound, hit a layup and converted the ensuing free throw after being fouled by Dan Dickau for a 109-108 lead.

"It was crazy," Gooden said. "You know, the whole time I was thinking, 'If Illinois can do it (in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday), we can, too.' We had faith."

"That was an enormous rebound and shot and free throw by Gooden," Malone said. "Then we had a great stop at the end."

Dickau took a return pass after inbounding the ball and drove to the basket but missed a layup with a second to go, sealing the win for Cleveland.

"I drove and LeBron did not come to me, so J.R. wasn't open," Dickau said. "So in that situation, I want to get the ball on the glass and we also have Cat (Jamaal Magloire) and P.J., our two top rebounders, coming down the lane. ... That's a shot I've made this year. It just hasn't been going down the last few games."

Ilgauskas had 14 points and nine rebounds, Pavlovic scored 13 in the final 17 minutes and Gooden added 11 and 10 boards for the Cavaliers (36-32), who remained one game ahead of Indiana for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

"I am glad that I was able to help my teammates and that I was so focused and made my shots," said Pavlovic, who was 5-of-8 from the field. "We have to fight back and make the playoffs this year, and we have to play as well as we can."

Smith scored 22 points, Dickau added 11 and 12 assists and Brown 11 and 11 rebounds for New Orleans, which has lost five of six.

"We played great for three quarters, but we just gave the game away," Brown said. "This one really hurts. Don't really know what else to say."

"We have had problems this year closing games out," Dickau added. "This one really wasn't fun at all."