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Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010
Suns edge Grizzlies in wild 2OT contest
PHOENIX (AP) 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.
"I haven't done that in my lifetime," Richardson said. "That was just a crazy turnaround. They thought they had a win. I guess the basketball gods were on our side."
Steve Nash scored 13 of his 25 points in the overtimes to send Memphis to its third loss in a row.
The Grizzlies 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 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. The shot went in to tie it at 99.
"Grant threw a great pass," Richardson said. "He's known for great passes. He threw one to Christian Laettner to win the game (for Duke against Kentucky 18 years ago) so he threw a great pass up there and I almost missed the layup, the dunk or whatever you want to call it, but I'm glad it rolled in."
Memphis was without head coach Lionel Hollins and assistant Johnny Davis, who were attending the memorial service for former Trail Blazers teammate Maurice Lucas. That left assistant coach David Joerger in charge.
Richardson's sixth 3-pointer in 7 attempts put Phoenix ahead for good in the second overtime. Nash followed with a pair of short bank shots and the Suns led 116-110. A rare missed free throw by Nash, the second-best free-throw shooter in NBA history (90.3 percent entering the season), gave Memphis a shot at tying the game but Gay misfired on a 3-pointer with seven seconds left and Phoenix put it away with free throws.
Marc Gasol scored 26 points on 12-of-13 shooting for the Grizzlies before fouling out with 2 1/2 minutes left in the second overtime. Zach Randolph, back after missing three games with a bruised tailbone, scored 12 on 3-of-11 shooting but grabbed 14 rebounds.
Gay added 26 to set a franchise record of six straight 20-point games to open the season.
O.J. Mayo added 23 points and Mike Conley scored 16 but missed four of six free throws in the overtime.
Hedo Turkoglu scored 15 of his 18 in third and fourth quarters in his best game since coming to Phoenix.
Knicks 112, Wizards 91
In New York, the hosts spoiled Gilbert Arenas' return to NBA action, comfortably beating Washington.
Toney Douglas had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Raymond Felton added 13 points and 10 assists as the Knicks' point guard combination outplayed the more heralded duo of No. 1 draft pick John Wall and Arenas, who played in his first regular-season game in 10 months.
Hornets 96, Heat 93
In New Orleans, Emeka Okafor had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Chis Paul had 13 points and 19 assists as the Hornets edged Miami.
Heat star Dwayne Wade led all scorers with 28 points, including 13-for-13 at the foul line.
Cavaliers 123, 76ers 116
In Philadelphia, Cleveland blew a 19-point lead before recovering in the fourth quarter to beat the hosts.
Celtics 110, Bulls 105 (OT)
In Boston, Kevin Garnett chased down Joakim Noah and tipped the ball away from behind with 14 seconds left to allow the Celtics to cling on for an overtime win over Chicago.
Hawks 113, Timberwolves 103
In Minneapolis, Jamal Crawford came back from a toe injury to score a season-high 22 points as Atlanta downed the hosts.
Josh Smith had 20 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five blocked shots for the Hawks (6-0).
Bucks 94, Pacers 90
In Indianapolis, John Salmons scored 22 points to lead Milwaukee over the hosts.
Pistons 97, Bobcats 90
In Auburn Hills, Mich., Ben Gordon scored 20 points and Tayshaun Prince had 14 as the Pistons won their first game of the season.
Magic 105, Nets 90
In Orlando, Magic center Dwight Howard had 30 points and 16 rebounds in a win over New Jersey.
Lakers 108, Raptors 103
In Los Angeles, Pau Gasol scored 30 points, Kobe Bryant added 23 points and six assists, and the defending champion Lakers remained unbeaten by beating Toronto.
Warriors 85, Jazz 78
In Oakland, Stephen Curry returned from an ankle injury to score nine points over the final 2:35, helping Golden State stay unbeaten at home.
Nuggets 111, Clippers 104
In Denver, Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 30 points and reserve Al Harrington added 18 as the Nuggets beat lowly Los Angeles.