Caron Butler made a 19-foot jumper with 0.5 seconds remaining, capping the Washington Wizards’ comeback from a 21-point deficit in a 92-91 victory over the Magic last night in Orlando.
Washington went down by 21 in the first quarter, went ahead by 9 in the fourth, lost the lead again and then came back to cap a wild, wacky win. The last-place team in the Southeast Division improved to 2-0 against the Magic this season.
Butler’s jumper from the corner swished over a charging Matt Barnes and he held his hand in the air right in front of the Magic’s bench as Orlando snapped its four-game winning streak.
Rashard Lewis had made a go-ahead 3-pointer seconds earlier. Lewis’s last-chance shot at the buzzer missed, although the Wizards had to wait to celebrate after a lengthy review to see if the clock started too soon.
Butler finished with 31 points and nine rebounds.
Nuggets 126, Lakers 113 - Chauncey Billups tied his career-high with 39 points, including nine 3-pointers, and Denver ended Los Angeles’s eight-game home winning streak.
Billups was 12 of 20 from the floor, 9 of 13 from 3-point range and made 6 of 8 free throws to go with eight assists for the Nuggets, who played without Carmelo Anthony for the seventh straight game due to a sprained left ankle.
Billups scored 21 points in the third quarter alone, the most against the Lakers in one period since Wilt Chamberlain had 23 in a game in February 1966. Billups’s nine 3-pointers were the second-most ever against the Lakers.
Kobe Bryant scored 33 points for the Lakers on his sprained left ankle.
Hawks 91, Bulls 81 - Josh Smith posted his second career triple-double and host Atlanta recovered from a 6-point fourth quarter deficit to send Chicago to its third straight loss.
Smith set up a jumper by Mike Bibby with 2:13 remaining for his 10th assist, matching his career high. The Bulls led, 70-64, entering the fourth before the Hawks opened the quarter with an 8-0 run, capped by Al Horford’s jam.
Atlanta took the lead for good when a basket by Johnson with 7:46 broke a 72-all tie and started another 8-0 run for the Hawks.
Bucks 114, Knicks 107 - Brandon Jennings showed New York what it could have had, scoring 19 of his 22 points in the second half in leading Milwaukee to a victory at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks were looking to upgrade the point guard spot after last season but passed on a chance to draft Jennings, instead taking Jordan Hill with the No. 8 pick, two spots before Jennings was picked. Jennings acknowledged wanting to have a big game in his first trip to the Garden since draft night, telling the New York Times this week that, “This one’s going to be a little bit more personal.’’
Timberwolves 117, Mavericks 108 - Jonny Flynn scored 19 points and visiting Minnesota finished the game on a 13-2 run to snap a 13-game losing streak against Dallas.
Dirk Nowitzki carried the Mavericks with 21 points and eight rebounds. Kevin Love had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Al Jefferson and Ryan Hollins each chipped in with 15 points for the Timberwolves, who won their third straight game for the first time this season.
76ers 101, Hornets 94 - Thaddeus Young made his first seven shots and finished with 19 points to lead visiting Philadelphia over shorthanded New Orleans.
Pacers 107, Pistons 83 - Danny Granger scored 25 points to help Indiana beat Detroit in Indianapolis in one of the Pacers’ most lopsided wins in the series.
Rockets 101, Grizzlies 83 - Aaron Brooks had 19 points and eight rebounds and Houston handed host Memphis its fourth loss in five games.
Suns 114, Kings 102 - Steve Nash had 23 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds and Amare Stoudemire added 30 points to help Phoenix complete a perfect four-game road trip.