Phoenix scores improbable 2OT victory
PHOENIX — 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.
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 to tie the game.
Hornets 96, Heat 93
At New Orleans, Emeka Okafor had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Chis Paul had 13 points and 19 assists, and New Orleans remained unbeaten.
Lakers 108, Raptors 103
At Los Angeles, Pau Gasol scored 30 points and Kobe Bryant added 23 points and six assists to lead Los Angeles.
Warriors 85, Jazz 78
At Oakland, Calif., Stephen Curry returned from an ankle injury to score nine points over the final 2:35 for Golden State.
Nuggets 111, Clippers 104
At Denver, Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 30 points and reserve Al Harrington added 18.
Cavaliers 123, 76ers 116
At Philadelphia, Anderson Varejao had 23 points and 12 rebounds as Cleveland blew a 19-point lead before holding on.
Celtics 110, Bulls 105 OT
At Boston, Kevin Garnett chased down Joakim Noah and tipped the ball away from behind with 14 seconds left.
Hawks 113, Timberwolves 103
At Minneapolis, Jamal Crawford came back from a one-game absence to score a season-high 22 points.
Knicks 112, Wizards 91
At New York, Toney Douglas had 19 points and 10 rebounds to help New York spoil Gilbert Arenas' return.
Bucks 94, Pacers 90
At Indianapolis, John Salmons scored 22 points and Brandon Jennings scored 18 points for the Bucks.
Pistons 97, Bobcats 90
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Ben Gordon scored 20 points and Tayshaun Prince had 14 to lead the Detroit Pistons to their first win of the season.
Magic 105, Nets 90
At Orlando, Fla., 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.