NEW ORLEANS (AP) -James Posey's driving layup with 1.1 seconds left gave the New Orleans Hornets a 113-111 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
Chris Paul scored 10 of his 21 points in the last 4:20 and had 13 assists as the Hornets rallied from a late nine-point deficit to win it on Posey's basket. Taking an inbounds pass, he tried to get the ball to Paul, who wasn't open, so he made the play himself, converting despite being fouled by O.J. Mayo.
After Posey missed the free throw, the Grizzlies called a timeout with 0.9 seconds left, but a lob for Mayo at the rim was not close.
David West had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 26 points. Zach Randolph added 25 points and 12 rebounds.
The Hornets almost wasted a season-high 64 points in the first half when the Grizzlies went on a 27-8 run in the third quarter, but Paul took over down the stretch. With New Orleans trailing 102-93, he scored an easy basket, fed rookie Marcus Thornton for a layup he converted into a three-point play, and hit a jumper in the lane to put the Hornets ahead 103-102 with 2:57 left.
The lead changed hands two more times as Gay almost matched Paul in the closing minutes, scoring seven straight points for Memphis, including a contested 3-pointer over Paul that tied the score at 111 with 6.7 seconds remaining.
The Hornets called timeout and inbounded the ball in the frontcourt, setting up Posey's winning play.
After West's putback layup gave the Hornets a 66-54 at the beginning of the second half, Memphis took control with a 27-8 run, including a 14-0 spurt in a span of 2:19 to start it. Gay drove to the basket for an easy layup and completed a three-point play after being fouled. Mike Conley sank a 3-pointer, and three baskets came on runout dunks.
Gay's dunk with 8:55 left gave the Grizzlies their first lead, 68-66, since 18-16 in the first quarter. Gay drove around Peja Stojakovic for another dunk as the Grizzlies went on a 9-0 run for an 81-72 lead. Memphis led by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Defense was optional for both teams in the first half, with the Hornets going ahead 64-54 into the break. The Grizzlies hit 11-of-17 shots in the second quarter and were outscored by three points. The Hornets made 17 of their first 24 attempts, a season-high 62.2 percent and scored two fast-break layups six seconds after made Memphis baskets.
The Grizzlies stayed close by sinking 56 percent of their shots in the half, mostly from close range. Randolph scored 14, and Marc Gasol added 13.
NOTES: Referee David Guthrie left briefly with a leg injury after tripping over Grizzlies guard Jamaal Tinsley with 52 seconds left in the first quarter. He returned with 8:38 left in the second quarter. ... Mayo had a season-high eight assists. ... The Hornets have beaten the Grizzlies 10 straight times in New Orleans.
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