NBA Capsules: Suns win in double-overtime
PHOENIX (AP) – Jason Richardson scored five of his 38 points in an amazing final 1.1 seconds of regulation and, thanks to a made free throw that Rudy Gay intended to miss, the Phoenix Suns went on to a head-shaking 123-118 double-overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.
Steve Nash scored 13 of his 25 points in the overtimes to send Memphis to its third loss in a row but the second-best free throw shooter in NBA history missed one of two to give.
Memphis seemed safely ahead when O.J. Mayo’s two free throws made it 98-94 with 3.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
But Richardson banked in a 3-pointer to make it 98-97 with 1.1 to go, then Steve Nash fouled Gay on an inbounds pass. The referees put 0.4 seconds on the clock.
Gay missed the first free throw and clearly intended to miss the other so time would run out. But it went in and, after a timeout, the ball moved to Phoenix’s frontcourt and Grant Hill lofted a perfect lob to Richardson at the rim. The shot went in to tie it at 99. Hornets 96, Heat 93
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Emeka Okafor had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Chis Paul had 13 points and 19 assists, and the New Orleans Hornets remained unbeaten.
David West added 15 points, including crucial free throws with 7.2 seconds to go after Chris Bosh’s 3 had pulled Miami to 94-93. Dwyane Wade gave up a 3-point attempt to tie and passed to Eddie House, whose shot rimmed out in the final seconds.
Miami did not take its first lead until LeBron James’ free throws made it 90-89 with 59.8 seconds left, but the Hornets responded by Marco Belinelli’s free throws, and then Trevor Ariza’s 3.
Wade led all scorers with 28 points, including 12 points in the fourth quarter, and went 13 of 13 from the foul line.
Lakers 108, Raptors 103
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Pau Gasol scored 30 points, Kobe Bryant added 23 points and six assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers remained unbeaten.
Steve Blake scored 14 points for the Lakers, who improved to 6-0 despite struggling mightily to put away the Raptors, who lost their third straight on a four-game road trip.
Leandro Barbosa scored 15 of his 17 points in the second quarter for the Raptors, who have lost nine straight road games against the Lakers.
Toronto kept pace down the stretch with the two-time defending champions, outrebounding the Lakers 49-31 while coach Phil Jackson appeared to test various lineup combinations in a pressure situation.
Warriors 85, Jazz 78
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Stephen Curry returned from an ankle injury to score nine points over the final 2:35, helping Golden State stay unbeaten at home.
David Lee had 14 points and 15 rebounds for his fifth double-double in as many games, tipping in a miss with 21.8 seconds left to help clinch it. Lee is showing the Warriors he is very much the reliable player on both ends of the court they expected after acquiring him in a July trade with the New York Knicks.
Monta Ellis added 23 points and a career-high seven steals and Andris Biedrins grabbed a season-best 20 rebounds for Golden State.
Nuggets 111, Clippers 104
DENVER (AP) – Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 30 points and reserve Al Harrington added 18.
Arron Afflalo added 16 points and Shelden Williams and Chauncey Billups had 12 each for the Nuggets, who have beaten the Clippers in 12 of their last 14 meetings, including eight straight at the Pepsi Center.
Blake Griffin had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Eric Gordon scored 21 points for the Clippers, who have lost five of six to start the season.
Cavaliers 123, 76ers 116
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Anderson Varejao had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Daniel Gibson scored 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers recovered in the fourth quarter after blowing a 19-point lead.
Mo Williams scored 22 points and J.J. Hickson had 16 for the Cavaliers, who won for the first time since beating Boston on opening night.
Jrue Holiday hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter for the Sixers to lead their rally from the huge deficit and take an 84-79 lead.
Gibson scored 10 straight points during a 19-5 run that put the Cavaliers ahead for good. Gibson’s twisting layup made it 103-102 with 3:26 left.
He scored 15 points in the fourth.
Holiday scored a career-high 29 points and Elton Brand had 20 for the Sixers.
Celtics 110, Bulls 105 OT
BOSTON (AP) – Kevin Garnett chased down Joakim Noah and tipped the ball away from behind with 14 seconds left.
Garnett scored 16 points with 10 rebounds, and he also drew an offensive foul on Derrick Rose with Boston nursing a three-point lead in overtime. Ray Allen, who scored 25 points, followed with a layup on an assist from Rajon Rondo to make it a five-point game.
After Luol Deng tipped in Kyle Korver’s airball, Chicago had a chance to cut it to one point when Noah tried to take off on a fast break. But Garnett ran him down and tipped the ball to Big Baby Davis; he hit the foul shots to clinch it.
Noah had 26 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago.
Hawks 113, Timberwolves 103
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jamal Crawford came back from a one-game absence due to a toe injury to score a season-high 22 points in his super-reserve role for undefeated Atlanta.
Josh Smith had 20 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five more blocked shots, and the Hawks improved to 6-0 despite a low-impact performance by star Joe Johnson for the second straight game. Mike Bibby had 15 points and Al Horford added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Corey Brewer scored a season-high 18 points for the Timberwolves, rookie Wes Johnson hit four 3-pointers for 18 points and Michael Beasley scored 16 points in his return from a one-game absence due to a hip injury. But after cutting the lead to seven points with 5:42 left, they couldn’t get any closer.
Knicks 112, Wizards 91
NEW YORK (AP) – Toney Douglas had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Raymond Felton added 13 points and 10 assists, and the New York Knicks spoiled Gilbert Arenas’ return to NBA action.
The Knicks’ point guard combo outplayed the more heralded duo of No. 1 draft pick John Wall and Arenas, who played in his first regular-season game in 10 months. And the Knicks’ guards had much more help up front, with Amare Stoudemire scoring 18 points and Danilo Gallinari chipping in 16.
Douglas followed his career-best, 30-point outing Thursday, when the Knicks made 16 of 24 3-pointers in a 120-112 victory at Chicago, with another strong game, and fellow reserve Wilson Chandler scored 14 points.
Bucks 94, Pacers 90
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – John Salmons scored 22 points and Brandon Jennings scored 18 points and Luc Mbah a Moute added 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks (2-4).
Danny Granger and Darren Collison both scored 19 points for the Pacers (2-3), who have lost two straight. Roy Hibbert had 14 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks, but he shot 4 for 11 from the field. The Pacers committed 19 turnovers, including seven by Granger and six by Hibbert.
Indiana led 76-70 at the end of the third quarter, but shot 5 for 19 in the fourth.
Both teams shot 39 percent from the field. The teams combined to score just 72 points in the second half.
Pistons 97, Bobcats 90
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – Ben Gordon scored 20 points and Tayshaun Prince had 14 to lead the Detroit Pistons to their first win of the season.
Detroit (1-5) was off to its worst start since going 0-7 in 1980, but never trailed against the Bobcats. Charlotte fell to 1-4.
With Rodney Stuckey benched after ignoring head coach John Kuester during Wednesday’s loss in Atlanta, the Pistons started Tracy McGrady at point guard. Detroit did get Richard Hamilton (foot) and Will Bynum (ankle) back from injuries, but both played reserve roles.
Kuester, who also was criticized by Prince earlier in the week, called a team meeting to address the apparent discord after the loss to the Hawks.
Hamilton added 16 points for Detroit after missing a pair of games, while McGrady had 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in his first start with the Pistons.
Magic 105, Nets 90
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Dwight Howard had 30 points and 16 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic beat New Jersey for the fourth straight time.
Howard finished 9 for 13 shooting to power the Magic to their second straight win since they were routed by Miami last week. The NBA’s twice reigning defensive player of the year also gave Brook Lopez fits in one of the worst offensive games of the young center’s career.
Lopez missed his first 13 shots but finished with 10 points, most coming far too late to prevent New Jersey’s third straight loss.
Jameer Nelson scored 20 points, Vince Carter had 19 points and the Magic went on a 17-4 run to go ahead by 20 points early in the fourth cruise to victory.