NBA: Knicks win 4th straight game
NEW YORK (AP) – Toney Douglas scored 22 points, and the New York Knicks won their fourth straight game, beating the Charlotte Bobcats 110-107 on Tuesday night in the opener of a home-and-home series.
Amare Stoudemire added 17 for the Knicks, who won the final three games on their road trip and kept rolling right through most of this one. They blew nearly all of a 16-point lead before holding on for their longest winning streak since taking four straight last Dec. 4-11.
Raymond Felton made the clinching free throws against his former team as New York put six players in double figures. The Knicks can get back to .500 with a victory at Charlotte on Wednesday.
D.J. Augustin, Felton’s replacement, scored 24 points and Gerald Wallace had 20 for the Bobcats, who were coming off their best offensive performance of the season, shooting 57.5 percent in a 123-105 victory over Phoenix on Saturday. Stephen Jackson had 18 after a miserable start.
Nets 107, Hawks 101, OT
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Brook Lopez scored a season-high 32 points and the Nets snapped a three-game losing streak.
Devin Harris added 23 of his 27 points in the second half, Kris Humphries had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Anthony Morrow had five of his 13 points in overtime in New Jersey’s first home game in 10 days.
Jamal Crawford had 21 points, and Josh Smith added 20 for the Hawks, who have lost three straight and seven of nine after a 6-0 start. Joe Johnson scored 16 points and Al Horford had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Lopez, Harris and Morrow combined to score the Nets’ 14 points in overtime. Harris also took a charge on a drive by Smith when the Hawks trailed by four with 22.3 seconds to go.
Wizards 116, 76ers 114, OT
WASHINGTON (AP) – Nick Young hit an open 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds left in overtime, and Washington capitalized on Jrue Holiday’s unwise foul in the final seconds of regulation.
Young finished with 19 points, but his winning shot wouldn’t have been possible if Holiday hadn’t fouled John Wall some 40 feet from the basket with 3.5 seconds left in regulation and the 76ers leading by three. Wall threw up the ball and got a shooting foul out of it, then made all three free throws to tie it at 106.
It was the second time in November that the Wizards beat the 76ers after taking the game to overtime by scoring three incredible points just before the buzzer. Cartier Martin’s desperation 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left sent the game to the extra period in the Wizards’ 116-115 win on Nov. 2.
Wall, who returned after missing four games with a sprained left foot, scored all of his 25 points after halftime.
Andre Iguodala, who had missed three straight games and five of seven with tendinitis in his right Achilles’ tendon, had 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in 50 minutes for the 76ers.
Mavericks 88, Pistons 84
DALLAS (AP) – Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 42 points with 12 rebounds, carrying Dallas to the victory.
Jason Terry added 16 points and Caron Butler contributed 11 points and eight rebounds to help the Mavericks to their fifth straight win over the Pistons.
Tayshaun Prince scored a season-high 19 points and Rodney Stuckey also had 19 for the Pistons.
The Mavericks were lethargic for much of the night and trailed by as many as 12 in the third quarter. But they picked up the energy level down the stretch.
Nowitzki scored nine straight, capped by an 18-footer with 5:29 remaining for a 75-70 lead.
Pacers 100, Cavaliers 89
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Danny Granger scored 24 points to lead the Pacers to the victory.
Granger got off to a slow start but scored 10 in the second quarter as Indiana expanded an eight-point lead into a 62-37 margin at halftime.
Ramon Sessions had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists for Cleveland, which lost its third consecutive game.
Darren Collison scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half for Indiana, which won for the third time in four games. The Pacers won 93-77 in Miami on Monday night.
Lakers 98, Bulls 91
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Shannon Brown scored 21 points, Kobe Bryant added 20, and the Los Angeles Lakers held off Chicago for their fifth straight victory.
Lamar Odom had 21 points and eight rebounds, but the Lakers trailed early in the fourth quarter before Derrick Rose finally slowed down.
Rose scored 30 points, but managed just three for the Bulls in the final period, all on free throws.
Los Angeles reserves Brown and Steve Blake led a 17-2 run that included 10 straight points, while the Bulls went more than 5 1/2 minutes between field goals late in their seventh straight loss to the Lakers.