Jason Kidd made a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to complete a stunning late turnaround as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Boston Celtics 101-97 in the NBA on Friday.
The Celtics led 97-91, but the Mavericks scored the final 10 points. After Kevin Garnett missed an 18-foot jumper with 15 seconds to go, the Mavericks tried to go inside, but Dirk Nowitzki had trouble handling the ball and threw it to Kidd, who made his second 3-pointer of the game.
After a timeout, Boston’s Rajon Rondo threw the ball over Garnett’s head and out of bounds on an alley-oop play. Garnett then fouled Nowitzki, who made two free throws with 2.2 seconds left. Ray Allen then missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Boston.
JAZZ 113, NUGGETS 106
In Denver, Deron Williams’ return to the lineup helped Utah rediscover some form with a win over Denver.
The Jazz had lost eight of 10 and had been without Williams for the last four games after he strained a wrist.
Williams scored 26 points and dished out 12 assists in his return — better than his season averages of 21.9 points and 9.4 assists that earned him his second straight All-Star pick this week.
Al Jefferson had 28 points and 10 boards for the Jazz.
HEAT 109, BOBCATS 97
In Charlotte, Dwyane Wade had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, showing no ill effects from a sore back, as Miami beat Charlotte to earn its fifth consecutive victory.
Wade wasn’t sure he’d play up until about an hour before tip-off after getting hurt a night earlier, but he logged 40 minutes and led an efficient offense that shot 55 percent from the field.
LeBron James added 19 points for the Heat, who only took control in the final quarter.
Gerald Wallace broke out of his scoring slump with 25 points and Stephen Jackson also scored 25 for the Bobcats, who ran out of steam late as they returned from a road trip.
THUNDER 111, SUNS 107
In Phoenix, Jeff Green scored 28 points to power past Phoenix.
Serge Ibaka added 18 on 9-of-10 shooting for the Thunder.
Vince Carter scored a season-high 33 for Phoenix, but missed three late long-range jumpers as Oklahoma City outscored the Suns 12-5 over the last two-and-a-half minutes. No other player scored more than 13 for the Suns.
Carter was 1-of-7 shooting in the fourth quarter, missing his last five attempts.
In other games it was:
‧ Spurs 113, Kings 100
‧ Hawks 101, Clippers 100
‧ 76ers 100, Knicks 98
‧ Pacers 100, Trail Blazers 87
‧ Magic 110, Wizards 92
‧ Grizzlies 112, Cavaliers 105
‧ Pistons 92, Nets 82
‧ Raptors 111, Timberwolves 100