Mavs make it 22 straight wins at home
DALLAS — Deron Williams has been back with his hometown Dallas Mavericks for a couple of months now.
He might have finally had his homecoming parade. Or homecoming dogpile, if you will.
Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer in the second overtime, and the Mavericks pulled out a wild 117-116 victory over Sacramento on Tuesday night for their 22nd consecutive home victory against the Kings.
Williams took an inbounds pass from Devin Harris with 2.3 seconds left, pump faked to get Rudy Gay to fly by him in the left corner and the ball went in after the horn sounded.
With his shot headed toward the hoop, Williams backpedaled a few steps to his right and bumped Kings coach George Karl back into a seat on the Sacramento bench just as the ball went in. An instant later, teammates swarmed Williams on the court.
"That was definitely my first Mavericks mob scene," said the veteran guard, who led Dallas with 25 points and was 3 of 6 from long range. "I was at the very bottom of the pile, then all of a sudden it went dark and I couldn't breathe."
Dirk Nowitzki hit an earlier 3 as the Mavericks scored the last eight points after falling behind 116-109 with 1:20 left in the second overtime.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 35 for his third straight 30-point game for the Kings, including a buzzer-beating layup for a 98-all tie at the end of regulation.
Former Dallas guard Rajon Rondo was out with back spasms in his first visit since an acrimonious split after an ill-fated half-season with the Mavericks.
Dallas' run against Sacramento is the second-longest current streak versus one team in the NBA behind San Antonio's 32-game run against Golden State, according to STATS.
The Kings haven't won a regular-season game in Dallas since Feb. 27, 2003, when they won 126-124 in overtime. Sacramento did win a game in Dallas during a five-game playoff series victory over the Mavericks in 2004.
WARRIORS 109, LAKERS 88: At Los Angeles, Klay Thompson scored 22 of his 36 points in the first quarter and Stephen Curry added 17 before sitting out the fourth to rest his ailing leg in Golden State's victory over Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant sat out his third straight game with a sore right shoulder for the Lakers, whose three-game winning streak ended as the Warriors improved to 33-2. Curry stayed in the game after taking a blow on his left leg in the third period, but briefly limped with obvious frustration on his face.
BULLS 117, BUCKS 106: At Chicago, Jimmy Butler had 32 points and a season-high 10 assists to lead Chicago over Milwaukee for its season-best fifth straight win. Pau Gasol scored 26 points with 11 rebounds, and Taj Gibson added 11 points and 14 boards as the Bulls led the entire way. Derrick Rose returned to the Bulls after missing three straight games with a sore right hamstring. He showed no effects of the injury and finished with 16 points.
KNICKS 107, HAWKS 101: At Atlanta, Arron Afflalo and Carmelo Anthony both scored 23 points, and New York almost lost a 16-point lead before holding off Atlanta to give the Knicks their second win over the Hawks in three days. The Knicks led by 16 in the third quarter but saw the lead reduced to two points in the final minute before Jose Calderon scored on a drive with 18 seconds remaining. Kristaps Porzingis had 17 points and 11 rebounds for New York. Anthony finished with 11 rebounds and seven assists.