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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Jazz's Williams keys comeback in final period

PHOENIX (AP) Deron Williams scored 13 of his 27 points during a 41-point fourth quarter, Mehmet Okur added 24 points, and Utah rallied from a 12-point final period deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 116-108 on Thursday night.

The Jazz trailed 98-86 early in the fourth quarter, then reeled off 12 straight points, capped by a 3-pointer by Okur to tie the game.

They took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Williams with 1:36 remaining that made it 109-106.

The game was reminiscent of the teams' first meeting this season when Utah came back from a 17-point deficit and defeated Phoenix 124-115.

Carlos Boozer had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz.

Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire scored 30 points for the second consecutive game.

Heat 114, Lakers 111 (OT)

In Miami, All-Star Dwyane Wade had 27 points and 14 assists, Quentin Richardson scored a season-high 25 and the Heat found a way to overcome a huge effort by Kobe Bryant to beat Los Angeles in overtime.

Carlos Arroyo scored 17 points, Jermaine O'Neal scored 13 and Udonis Haslem had 12 for Miami, which won the NBA's most wildly back-and-forth game all season — with a season-high 31 lead changes.

Bryant scored 39 points, including the overtime-forcing jumper for the Lakers, who got 14 points from Derek Fisher and 13 points from Lamar Odom.

Grizzlies 105, Bulls 96

In Chicago, Zach Randolph scored 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and Memphis rallied from a big first-half deficit to beat the Bulls.

After trailing by 17 in the second quarter, the Grizzlies tied it in the third and finally took control with an 8-0 run late in the fourth that gave them a 97-90 lead.

O.J. Mayo scored 10 of his 20 points in the final quarter.



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