Carmelo Anthony redeemed himself for a needless foul by sinking the winning basket with under a second to play as the New York Knicks grabbed a 110-108 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
“It was supposed to be a pick-and-roll, but they overplayed it and I got open and away from Tony [Allen] a little bit,” Anthony told reporters of the game-winning play.
“He had been guarding me so close the whole night. I just pulled up and the shot went in. It feels good. It just goes to show we can win games in close situations,” he said.
The Grizzlies tied the score at 108 with 14 seconds left when Zach Randolph was fouled by Anthony while shooting a two-point basket and he completed the three-point play by hitting the free throw.
The Knicks had held a 14-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter, but allowed the Grizzlies to get back into the game at the free throw line where they converted all 10 opportunities in the quarter.
The Grizzlies enjoyed a huge advantage in the game at the free throw line converting 33 of 35 attempts, while the Knicks had just four free throw attempts and scored on all four. The Knicks overcame this disparity with 12 three pointers compared to three by the Grizzlies.
“Not being able to find them in the first half hurt us,” Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. “They just rained threes on us and we kept gambling and getting out of position, causing somebody to have to help.”
Anthony had a game-high 31 points and Amar’e Stoudemire added 26, while Tony Allen led the Grizzlies with 22 points and Darrell Arthur came off the bench to score 21 points, including 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Hornets, 110, Mavericks 108
In New Orleans, Jarrett Jack hit three free throws to complete an unlikely 8-0 New Orleans run inside the final 1:13, as the Hornets completed a stunning late win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
The Hornets trailed 92-85, then Marco Belinelli hit a three and Emeka Okafor put back Belinelli’s missed reverse layup.
Dallas’ Tyson Chandler, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds in his return from a sprained ankle, missed two free throws with 17 seconds to go. leaving the game up for grabs.
Jason Kidd fouled Jack on a three-point attempt, setting up Jack’s free throws with 8.4 seconds left. Jack finished with 21 points.
Dallas still had one more chance to win it, but for the second time in New Orleans this season, Dirk Nowitzki was unable to convert.
Spurs 111, Pistons 104
In San Antonio, Texas, the hosts bounced back from a humbling loss by beating Detroit.
Tony Parker scored 23 points and Tim Duncan — who matched a career low with two points in a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday — finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Richard Hamilton led the Pistons with 20 points off the bench.
The Spurs hit their first 14 shots and finished with a season-high 40 points in the first quarter to take a 14-point lead.
San Antonio scored just 37 points in the first half in Sunday’s loss.
In other NBA action, it was:
‧ Thunder 110, 76ers 105, OT
‧ Bulls 101, Bobcats 84
‧ Clippers 108, Celtics 103
‧ Magic 106, Kings 102
‧ Jazz 96, Raptors 94
‧ Nets 94, Warriors 90
‧ Timberwolves 101, Pacers 75
‧ Bucks 110, Cavaliers 90
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