NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Lamar Odom's solid first start of the season helped the Dallas Mavericks overcome the absence of star forward Dirk Nowitzki.
Odom and Delonte West each scored 16 points, and the Mavericks sent the New Orleans Hornets to a seventh-straight loss, 83-81 on Saturday night.
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 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, which has lost 13 of 14 games since opening the season with two wins.
Carl Landry scored 19 for the Hornets, but after hitting his first five free throws, missed four of eight in the fourth quarter with the outcome potentially in ...