Aaron Brooks scored a career-high 43 points, Chuck Hayes grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds and the Rockets beat Minnesota, 120-114, in triple overtime last night in Houston.
Al Jefferson pulled down a franchise-record 26 rebounds and scored 26 points for the Timberwolves, playing the team’s first three-overtime game.
The Rockets led most of the way, but Corey Brewer swished a half-court shot as the buzzer sounded in regulation to tie it at 89 and force an unexpected overtime period.
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Trevor Ariza scored 19 points and Shane Battier added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who beat the Timberwolves for the 10th straight time.
Ryan Gomes scored 18 points, Wayne Ellington added 17 and Brewer scored 14 for Minnesota.
The Rockets led by 5 early the first extra period, but the Timberwolves rallied and went ahead, 98-96, on Ellington’s 3-pointer. Brooks hit two free throws with 1:25 left to tie it again, and both teams missed potential winning shots in the last minute.
Jefferson hit a pair of free throws and a hook shot to give Minnesota a 102-98 lead early in the second overtime. Ariza hit a jumper from the wing, then converted a 3-point play.
Ellington lost the ball at midcourt with 16.9 seconds left, Brooks’s free throws put Houston up, 105-102, but Ellington tied it again with a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left.
Lakers 100, Mavericks 95 - Kobe Bryant went from having a slow night because of a sore back to nailing the winning jumper with 28 seconds left, lifting visiting Los Angeles over Dallas in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.
Dallas’s Dirk Nowitzki became the 34th player in NBA history to score 20,000 points when he hit a 14-foot jumper early in the fourth quarter. He scored 15 of his 30 points in the quarter, including a tough 3-pointer that tied it at 95 with 42.5 seconds left. He also grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds.
Bryant played only nine minutes in the first half. He scored 8 points in the third quarter.
Pacers 122, Suns 114 - Danny Granger scored 33 points, Mike Dunleavy added a season-high 30, and host Indiana overcame a 24-point deficit to beat Phoenix.
It was the second straight game the Pacers trailed by more than 20 points in the second quarter and won. Indiana was down 23 against Toronto Monday before rallying for a victory.
Nuggets 115, Magic 97 - Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points and Chauncey Billups added 24 to lead host Denver over Orlando.
Matt Barnes scored a season-high 28 points for Orlando. JJ Redick, with 13 points, and Mickael Pietrus, with 12, were the only other Magic players in double figures.
Hawks 94, Wizards 82 - Joe Johnson scored 24 points, Jamal Crawford added 22, and host Atlanta won its third straight game with a sluggish victory over Washington.
Despite 25 points from Antawn Jamison, the Wizards lost their third straight and seventh in their last nine as the team tries to play through problems related to Gilbert Arenas’s suspension.
Hornets 108, Clippers 94 - Chris Paul had 15 points and 15 assists, and New Orleans won for the seventh time in eight games, beating visiting Los Angeles.
Peja Stojakovic, hitting at least four 3-pointers in a game for the ninth time this season, scored 20 points to help New Orleans beat the Clippers a 12th consecutive time.
Emeka Okafor added 21 points for New Orleans, while David West and Marcus Thornton each scored 11.
Trail Blazers 120, Bucks 108 - Brandon Roy scored 22 points before sitting much of the second half with a tight right hamstring and host Portland beat Milwaukee.
Portland, which led by as many as 33 points in the second half, didn’t need their two-time All-Star. The Blazers shot 60.3 percent from the field in the game.
Heat 115, Warriors 102 - Dwyane Wade shook off an injured wrist to score 35 points on his best shooting night of the season (10 of 15 from the floor) as Miami rolled past host Golden State.
Jermaine O’Neal added a season-high 24 points, including two big baskets late for the Heat, who had lost three of four games. Michael Beasley scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half to help Miami break out to the early lead.
Spurs 109, Thunder 108 - Rookie DeJuan Blair set new career highs with 28 points and 21 rebounds while filling in for Tim Duncan, and Richard Jefferson hit the winning jumper in overtime to lift San Antonio in Oklahoma City.
Knicks 93, 76ers 92 - David Lee scored 24 points and hit the winning layup with 13.3 seconds remaining, Wilson Chandler added 18 points, and New York salvaged the finale of a three-game trip with a victory in Philadelphia.