Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/5/13
DALLAS -- With the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Hornets each welcoming back their star player to the starting lineup, it was Hornets guard Eric Gordon who provided the late fireworks in leading his hard-luck Hornets to a 99-96 overtime win Saturday night at the American Airlines Center. Gordon hit the game-winner from the top of the circle after drawing a foul on Mavs guard Darren Collison, who bit on Gordon’s pump fake. In just Gordon’s third game of the season after returning from a long knee injury, he shook off a cold shooting night to score the Hornets’ final eight points. He had 14 in the game. Meanwhile, the Mavs welcomed back Dirk Nowitzki to their starting lineup and got 20 points from the 7-footer in his seventh game back from arthroscopic knee surgery on Oct. 19. However, Nowitzki was a non-factor in the overtime and Dallas’ best 3-point shooter, O.J. Mayo, missed a pair of open corner 3s. Vince Carter tried to tie with a late heave, but even if it had gone down...
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