New Orleans Hornets defeat Milwaukee Bucks, 102-99

New Orleans — Luke Ridnour nearly had a triple-double.

But all the Milwaukee Bucks guard could think about was a squandered opportunity.

The Bucks failed to hold a three-point lead in the final seconds of regulation and wound up losing to the New Orleans Hornets, 102-99, in overtime Wednesday night at the New Orleans Arena.

Rookie point guard Darren Collison's three-pointer tied the score with 7.5 seconds left in regulation, and Collison made a key steal and three...

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Luke Ridnour played well again in the Bucks' small lineup and finished with 23 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in a huge role off the bench. He was 9 for 15 from the field and played 44 minutes.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Darren Collison stole the ball from Bucks guard Brandon Jennings and was fouled with 38.8 seconds left in overtime and the score tied at 97. Collison hit two free throws, and the Hornets held on for their 102-99 victory.

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