Denver 92, New Orleans 94

Date - Wednesday, April 4, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Officials - #30 John Goble, #57 Greg Willard, #60 James Williams
Attendance - 15020

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Denver 18 28 21 25 92
New Orleans 20 25 30 19 94

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Denver 0-0 0-0 0-0 L1
New Orleans 0-0 0-0 0-0 W1


: Eric Gordon made two free throws with 2.1 seconds left in his return to the New Orleans’ lineup and the host Hornets prevailed despite blowing an 11-point fourth-quarter lead.

Gordon, who was playing his third game of the season and first since Jan. 4 because of a knee injury, finished with 15 points as New Orleans snapped a three-game losing streak.

Chris Kaman had 14 points – including a putback to give the Hornets a 92-87 lead with 36.5 seconds left – and 10 rebounds, and Greivis Vasquez had 11 points and 10 assists as all the starters reached double figures. Trevor Ariza scored 15 and Jason Smith had 10.

Ty Lawson scored 22 points for the Nuggets, who finished their season-long road trip 3-4 and fell into a tie for seventh in the West with Houston.

After New Orleans turned it over with 17.1 seconds to go and leading 92-89, Al Harrington buried a 3-pointer from the corner with 10 seconds left to tie it. Denver had another chance to tie or win after Gordon’s free throws, but Smith stole the ensuing inbounds pass.

The Hornets were 12 for 15 from the field in the third quarter and outscored the Nuggets 30-21 to take a 75-67 lead.

Denver’s Andre Miller was ejected early in the fourth quarter when he received a Flagrant 2 foul after lowering his shoulder to upend Carl Landry as he drove to the basket.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler missed his second straight game with a groin injury while Hornets guard Jarrett Jack sat out with a sore ankle. … New Orleans was 12 for 15 from the field in the third quarter and outscored the Nuggets 30-21 to take a 75-67 lead. … Denver was 6 for 20 from 3-point range.

Top Game Performances

Denver   New Orleans
Ty Lawson 22 Scoring Trevor Ariza 15
Arron Afflalo 7 Assists Greivis Vasquez 10
Kenneth Faried 8 Rebounds Chris Kaman 10
Arron Afflalo 6 Free Throws Made Eric Gordon 7
Ty Lawson 2 Steals Trevor Ariza 1
Kenneth Faried 1 Blocks Chris Kaman 5

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Denver 92 42.2 6-20 16-22 25 32 1 7 9
New Orleans 94 52.2 5-10 19-27 23 41 10 5 19

Upcoming Games

  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against San Antonio. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Denver will play their next game at home against Phoenix. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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