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Wizards conjure up win over Knicks

AMERICAN BASKETBALL The game was undecided until the final seconds of the game as Washington materialized a three-point play to beat the NY Knicks

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Chris Anderson of the Hornets dunks the ball against the Nets in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Friday. The Nets 94-91 in OT.

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Brendan Haywood atoned for two missed free throws by converting a three-point play off the Wizards' 27th offensive rebound with 7.1 seconds remaining Friday, giving Washington a 106-104 victory over the New York Knicks.'

"Missing those free throws really hurt. ... You have to keep your mind clear, because you never know how it's going to come back," Haywood said. ``Tonight it just came back on me, and I was able to make the play.''

Haywood's first points of the second half came after he missed a pair from the line with 55 seconds remaining. The Knicks had two final chances, but Nazr Mohammed missed a tough shot in traffic and Kurt Thomas failed to put in the rebound as time expired.

"I got a good look at it and missed the shot," Mohammed said. "Besides an open layup, you can't ask for a better shot. I got a wide open shot within a foot in the paint."

Antawn Jamison had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards, who have won eight of 10. Haywood, an unstoppable force in the first half before disappearing for much of the second, had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Gilbert Arenas had 20 points and seven assists.

Nuggets 101, Raptors 87

In Toronto, Carmelo Anthony had 28 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and Nene had a season-high 21 points to lead Denver past Toronto.

Kenyon Martin added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won four straight.

With regular starting center Marcus Camby sidelined by a bruised tailbone, Nene went 9-for-10 from the field in a season-high 40 minutes. Denver shot 54 percent compared to 38 for Toronto.

Rafer Alston had 25 points for the Raptors, who have lost six straight.

Heat 92, Grizzlies 84

In Miami, Dwyane Wade narrowly missed a triple-double and Shaquille O'Neal scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Miami downed Memphis.

O'Neal made four of his five shot attempts and added two assists in the final 12 minutes, a stark difference from the middle two quarters when the Grizzlies held him scoreless and he missed the only three shots he tried.

Wade had 26 points, nine assists and nine rebounds -- coming up just short in a bid for what would have been the fifth triple-double in Heat history and just the second in the last 10 seasons. He and O'Neal combined for 19 of Miami's 23 fourth-quarter points.

Nets 94, Hornets 91, OT

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Jason Kidd hit a go-ahead basket early in overtime, as the Nets denied former coach Byron Scott a win in his return to New Jersey.

The Nets rallied from a seven-point deficit with 2:10 to play in the fourth quarter and sent the Hornets to their season-high ninth straight loss and 17th in 18 games.

Richard Jefferson scored 24 points and Eric Williams added 19 for the Nets, who had 30 turnovers. Kidd, playing in his third game since returning from knee surgery, had eight points and eight assists in a season-high 28 minutes.

Hawks 88, Pistons 72

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, rookie Josh Smith replaced Kenny Anderson at point guard and had career highs of 12 points and four blocks in his first NBA start as Atlanta beat Detroit.

The Hawks, who led by as many as 29, won for just the second time in 12 games and held Detroit to a franchise record for fewest points in a home game.

Tony Delk and Predrag Drobjnak had 16 points each for Atlanta, which had five players in double figures. Detroit's Richard Hamilton led all scorers with 24.

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