Ben Gordon scored a season-high 32 points, including the game-winning jumper to beat the overtime buzzer, lifting the Chicago Bulls to a dramatic 106-104 victory over the visiting New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
The hard-fought contest was overshadowed in what could have been an ugly incident, when during a timeout in the overtime, Knicks veteran forward Antonio Davis leaped over the scorer's table and raced about 10 rows into the stands out of concern for his wife.
Though no physical confrontation occurred, Davis was automatically ejected for leaving the court, and was eventually escorted to the locker room by house security after returning to the bench.
"I witnessed my wife being threatened by a man that I learned later to be intoxicated," Davis said in a statement issued following the game.
"I saw him touch her, and I know I should not have acted the way I did, but I would have felt terrible if I didn't react. I felt I had to act. There was no time to call security. It happened too quickly," he said.
Knicks coach Larry Brown defended Davis and explained there was no similarity between his actions and the infamous brawl last season, when visiting Indiana Pacers players stormed into the stands to fight rowdy Detroit Pistons fans.
"That's entirely different," Brown said. "He was worried about his wife, Kendra, that's why Tony went into the stands. He said he saw her falling back and someone flailing at her. That's a man concerned about his family. I don't blame him. I don't think anybody blames him."
Jamal Crawford led New York with 19 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left, before Gordon's game-winner.
Nets 101, 76ers 90
Vince Carter scored 31 points and had 10 assists on Wednesday at Philadelphia to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 101-90 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Allen Iverson led the Sixers with 36 points and Chris Webber had 15.
Iverson came up limping late in the fourth quarter when he appeared to knock knees with Jason Collins on a driving layup. Iverson hobbled around the court, rubbed his right leg, but remained in the game.
The Atlantic Division standings show the Nets with a four-game lead over the second-place Sixers. The gap, though, seems considerably wider considering New Jersey has won 12 of 15 while Philadelphia has lost seven of 10.
Much like how the Sixers collapsed in their embarrassing 104-76 loss to Washington on Monday, they again put up little fight in the fourth quarter.
The Nets got a pair of jumpers from Clifford Robinson and a 3 from Richard Jefferson during a 10-0 spurt that opened the fourth and gave them an 86-69 lead.
Jefferson finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds.
Magic 106, Wizards 98
At Orlando, Florida, Steve Francis had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in his first game back from a two-game suspension and Orlando downed Washington to snap a four-game losing streak.
Antawn Jamison had 30 points and 12 rebounds, giving him more than 10,000 career points. Gilbert Arenas scored 21 on 5-of-20 shooting, while Caron Butler added 18 for the Wizards.
Francis was suspended by the team for refusing to re-enter a blowout game late in the fourth quarter. He came off the bench against the Wizards for the third time in his six-year NBA career.
Jameer Nelson had 22 points, five assists and five rebounds, and hit several pull-up jumpers in the third that helped Orlando pull away.