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Monday, March 7, 2011
Nets leave London with triple-OT win
LONDON (AP) Travis Outlaw and the New Jersey Nets were up to the challenge of providing excitement for the NBA's European fans.
The Toronto Raptors more than did their part, too.
Outlaw scored the final eight points for New Jersey in a 137-136 triple overtime win Saturday night that gave the Nets a sweep of their two games in London.
The game featured four missed buzzer-beaters and provided exactly the kind of thrilling finish league officials were looking for when they decided to bring regular-season games to Europe for the first time.
Outlaw made two free throws with 12.6 seconds remaining to put the Nets ahead for good and Andrea Bargnani missed a jumper at the buzzer as New Jersey swept the doubleheader at London's O2 Arena.
"Hats off to the NBA . . . because I think it's a huge success," Nets coach Avery Johnson said of the European experiment. "This is one of the best wins I've been a part of."
Brook Lopez had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets but fouled out in the second overtime.
Deron Williams added 21 points and 18 assists for his fifth straight double-double since joining the Nets from Utah last week.
Sasha Vujacic had 25 points — including six 3-pointers — and Kris Humphries added 20 points and 17 rebounds for New Jersey. Outlaw finished with 14 points.
DeMar DeRozan finished with 30 points for Toronto (17-46) for the second straight night.
Bargnani led all scorers with 35 points, but also missed a potential winner with 2 seconds left in the first OT.
"We had more than one opportunity to win the game," Bargnani said. "It's been an unbelievable game. Unfortunately we lost."
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Rockets 112, Pacers 95
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Jazz 109, Kings 102 (OT)
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Trail Blazers 93, Bobcats 69
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Clippers 100, Nuggets 94
In Los Angeles, rookie Blake Griffin had 18 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high nine assists and the Clippers overcame yet another injury to leading scorer Eric Gordon.