Final / 3OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Tuesday, November 23rd
Game 2: Wednesday, December 15th
Game 3: Friday, February 4th
Game 4: Friday, February 11th

Hornets 109

(1-9, 1-3 away)

Warriors 115

(3-8, 2-4 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, November 23, 2004

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT T
    NO 23 22 17 24 11 5 7109
    GS 18 36 20 12 11 5 13115

    Top Performers

    New Orleans: P. Brown 14 Pts, 15 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Golden State: J. Richardson 26 Pts, 12 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Blk

    Claxton the catalyst to fend off Hornets

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Speedy Claxton figured the Golden State Warriors had a little more energy than the New Orleans Hornets heading into the third overtime.

    And he used a final flourish to make five free throws in the last 15 seconds and lead the Warriors to a 115-109 victory over New Orleans on Tuesday night.

    "We were a little fresher than they were," said Claxton, who had 21 points. "We were able to dig in."

    Calbert Cheaney scored four of the Warriors' first six points in the third 5-minute period and Claxton finished them off with his free throw shooting as the Warriors beat a Western Conference team for the first time in eight tries this season. Cheaney finished with 18 points and Jason Richardson added 26 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.

    Richardson, who visited a specialist on Monday for a third opinion on his injured right hand, learned he would not need surgery.

    "It's still a little sore and it's going to be like that after games," Richardson said. "It affects my shot a little because it turns my hand. I have to keep my hand as straight as possible and fight through the pain."

    Jamaal Magloire matched his career best with 27 points and had a season-high 14 rebounds to lead the Hornets, who beat Utah on Monday night for their first win of the season.

    David Wesley scored a season-high 22 points in helping the Hornets overcome a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit.

    "It's frustrating because I think we took a step back and that's not good," Magloire said. "We put ourselves in situations to win the game but we didn't make the shots."

    The Hornets led for most of the first overtime thanks to Wesley's 3-pointer but Mike Dunleavy hit a 3 with 12 seconds left to tie the game at 95 and send it to a second overtime.

    In the second extra period, the lead changed five times before Magloire made one of two free throws to force a third overtime.

    Lee Nailon, who finished with 18 points, missed the final 6:10 of the first half after limping off the court with a bruised left knee. P.J. Brown had 15 rebounds.

    "We win one game and all of a sudden we act like we're 8-1 instead of 1-8," Hornets coach Bryon Scott said. "We lost the game three times. We made some bonehead mistakes."

    The Warriors led by three when Richardson missed a pair of free throws with 56 seconds left, and the Hornets pulled to 85-84 on Nailon's short jumper with 12 seconds left in regulation.

    Claxton sank one of two free throws to make it 86-84 one second later.

    "It's nothing special," Claxton said. "You just want to try and make something happen. Both teams were getting tired but our conditioning took over in the third overtime."

    Brown, who also had 14 points, fought through pressure in the paint to sink a short jumper and tie it at 86-all.

    Richardson's driving jumper at the buzzer hit high off the backboard and then the front rim to send the game into overtime.

    David West hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give New Orleans a 23-18 lead after the first quarter.

    The Warriors scored the first 10 points of the second quarter, sparked by back-to-back field goals from Cheaney, to erase a five-point deficit.

    Golden State, working the ball inside, led by as many as 12 in the half and went into intermission up 54-45. The Warriors scored 36 second-quarter points, which were their season-high for any quarter.< ^Notes: @Warriors F Troy Murphy was a late scratch with a bruised left knee. ... The Warriors unveiled their new road uniforms, featuring bright orange. ... The Hornets have trailed by at least 10 points in nine of their 10 games. ... Hornets F George Lynch was held scoreless in 13 minutes and still needs eight points for 5,000. ... New Orleans scored 100 points for the first time this season and played their first triple overtime game since Jan. 9, 2001, when they beat Chicago. ... The Warriors played their longest game since a four-overtime contest on Feb. 1, 1987, against New Jersey.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 109 115
    FGM-FGA 39-94 (.415) 42-106 (.396)
    3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 6-19 (.316)
    FTM-FTA 27-35 (.771) 25-37 (.676)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-61 16-53
    Assists 25 27
    Turnovers 20 12
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 3 9
    Fast Break Points 2 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 33 (2/0) 32 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Golden State
    P.J. Brown Brown
    Points: 14
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 26
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1