Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/9/13
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NEW ORLEANS -- With nine NBA seasons under his belt, reserve shooting guard Roger Mason is the elder statesman of the youthful New Orleans Hornets, who have 11 players with two years or less of pro experience. Even though Mason had played just five minutes in the previous two games -- both of them victories -- the veteran was ready Wednesday night when Hornets coach Monty Williams called his number, and he exploded for 15 of his season-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to power the Hornets to an 88-79 victory over the Houston Rockets at the New Orleans Arena. Mason scored 13 points in a decisive 22-2 fourth-quarter run that turned a 69-59 fourth-quarter deficit into an 81-71 lead with 4:19 left. Actually, two more of Mason's long-range jumpers could have been 3-pointers except for the fact that he had his toe touching the line. "Actually, Coach said to me at the timeout -- he told me to get behind the line after I shot two of those shots with my foot on the line," Mason sai...
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