Danny Granger scored 32 points and led Indiana back from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit, and Troy Murphy tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer to complete the Indiana Pacers’ improbable 118-117 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
The Lakers (14-2) came into the game with seven straight wins, the league’s best record and reigning MVP Kobe Bryant. But even another terrific night from Bryant, who scored 28 points and had seven rebounds, wasn’t enough to fend off the pesky Pacers.
The Pacers, who had won only once since Nov. 21, fought back from the 101-86 deficit with an incredible defensive performance.
Murphy finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds, and T.J. Ford added 17 points as all five Indiana starters scored at least 16 points.
WIZARDS 108, NETS 88
At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Caron Butler had 22 points and 10 assists, and DeShawn Stevenson added 21 to lead Washington over New Jersey for its first road win of the season and its first win over an Eastern Conference opponent after 11 straight losses.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Nets (9-8), who won all three contests on the road. The Nets were led by Devin Harris, who had 18 points, but only three after halftime, and Vince Carter, who had 16 points. Keyon Dooling added 14 off the bench for the Nets.
After a closely contested first half, the Wizards blew the game open, outscoring New Jersey 35-12 in the third period.
TRAIL BLAZERS 104, KNICKS 97
At New York, Brandon Roy scored 23 points, and Portland dominated the fourth quarter to beat New York for its fifth straight victory.
Rudy Fernandez made a pair of 3-pointers early in the final period and scored 18 for the Trail Blazers, who shut down the Knicks’ high-powered offense for the first seven-plus minutes of the fourth and improved to 13-6, their best start after 19 games since the 1999-2000 season when the club was 15-4.
The Blazers shook off a dismal offensive night from rookie Greg Oden, who botched two dunks in the first five minutes and finished with two points, matching Kwame Brown for the lowest-scoring effort by a No. 1 overall pick in his Madison Square Garden debut in 40 years.
Oden played only 19 minutes because Joel Przybilla was dominant in the paint, grabbing 14 rebounds.
Chris Duhon scored a season-high 23 points and added 13 assists for the Knicks.
76ERS 103, BULLS 95, OT
At Chicago, Andre Miller scored nine of his season-high 28 points in overtime as Philadelphia beat Chicago to end its four-game losing skid.
Andre Iguodala added 25 points and Elton Brand had 22 points and 14 rebounds as the Sixers avenged a loss to the Bulls two days ago in Philadelphia.
Derrick Rose led Chicago with 24 points and Ben Gordon added 18.
Tyrus Thomas had 14 points and 13 boards.
NUGGETS 132, RAPTORS 93
At Denver, Chauncey Billups had 24 points and 14 assists in Denver’s rout of Toronto in a game that was out of reach by halftime.
After a slow start, Anthony finished with 23 points 48 hours after scoring just one bucket in 14 agonizing minutes against Houston, which snapped his NBA-best double-digit streak at 222 games.
Jermaine O’Neal returned from a sprained left ankle that had cost him three games and he scored 12 points to go with Chris Bosh’s 24, but they couldn’t keep the Raptors from being routed.
Nene added 19 points and 11 boards for the Nuggets, who are 12-3 since trading Allen Iverson to the Detroit Pistons for Billups.