OKLAHOMA CITY -- With three of his top players out for an extended period because of injuries, New Orleans Hornets coach Byron Scott is preaching the gospel of "hanging in there" until the team is at full strength.
The Hornets did just that Friday night, rallying from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit and snapping a four-game losing streak with a 100-97 overtime win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Desmond Mason scored the go-ahead basket in overtime and finished with 17 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, and Marc Jackson came off the bench to add 19 points and a season-high 10 boards for the Hornets, who also trailed by three points in overtime.
Unlike their last two losses, by two points at Miami and three points at Orlando, the Hornets (11-14) made the plays in the final seconds against the Grizzlies (6-21).
"We have played really hard the last few games and have nothing to show for it," Scott said. "We talked to the guys that it is one or two plays that would make us 13-12. That would be pretty good for the absence of guys we have.
"I told the guys before the game that the adversity that we have had this season with some of our guys out is either going to make us or break us. That is the bottom line. I think they are showing their toughness, resiliency and character by playing as hard as we played."
The absence of David West, Peja Stojakovic and Bobby Jackson has caused the Hornets to turn to players like Mason and Jackson for a spark.
"We got some stops, stops, stops in the last few minutes and we had great movement on the offensive end, and that helped us get the win," Jackson said.
Mason's basket from underneath with 25.3 seconds left in overtime -- on a pass from Jackson -- put New Orleans ahead 98-97. Memphis' Chucky Atkins threw the ball away with 8.3 seconds left, and Jannero Pargo hit two free throws with 6.6 seconds left to give the Hornets a three-point lead.
Damon Stoudamire missed a well-guarded 3-point attempt at the buzzer for the Grizzlies.
"It was small mistakes," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "I don't know how many games, close games, we've lost because we make a mistake down the stretch. We are finding out an awful lot. We had a chance, we just couldn't get the stop and we paid the price for it."
In his fifth game since returning from a broken left foot, Pau Gasol led Memphis with 28 points, but played only two minutes in overtime and wasn't in the game in the final minute.
Gasol, who played about 28 minutes, said he has an agreement with Fratello to limit his playing time until he rounds back into shape.
"I can't play over a certain amount of minutes, and my time was up," Gasol said.
Memphis went 10-of-26 from 3-point range, including a 4-of-9 effort from Mike Miller, who scored 18 points.
Chris Paul scored 15 points, and Tyson Chandler grabbed 17 rebounds for the Hornets before fouling out with 58.1 seconds left in regulation.
The Hornets outrebounded Memphis 57-37.
"That was a good deal," Mason said. "Everybody kind of got involved and played the game the right way. It was a group effort."
Gasol scored 15 first-half points for the Grizzlies, who led by as many as seven points before Pargo hit consecutive 3-pointers at the end of the first quarter to pull the Hornets to 22-21.
Paul didn't score until hitting a free throw with 5:15 left in the second quarter. His first basket, a 3-pointer with 2:40 left in the half, gave the Hornets the lead at 39-37, and they upped that margin to 45-40 by halftime. The Hornets went 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the half.
Memphis trailed 57-50 with 7:01 left in the third quarter, but thanks to seven 3-pointers in the quarter -- a franchise record -- entered the fourth quarter ahead 70-65 and quickly extended that lead to 72-65.
The Hornets pulled even at 84 with three minutes left and led 90-88 after Paul went almost the length of the court and scored on a driving layup with 6.2 seconds left. Gasol sent the game into overtime, scoring over the Hornets' Linton Johnson with 0.9 seconds left.