Juan Dixon scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and helped the Washington Wizards to their seventh straight win, a 108-103 victory last night that sent the visiting Phoenix Suns to their first three-game losing streak of the season.
The Wizards made up a 10-point, second-half deficit and pulled ahead with a 16-0 run in a game that had a rare MCI Center sellout crowd standing and cheering thunderously for much of the final minute. Reserve guard Dixon was the late sparkplug. He scored 6 quick points in the first quarter after Gilbert Arenas struggled early, then returned to ignite a rally that helped erase a 93-84 lead the Suns held with 6:20 to play.
Lakers 104, Warriors 102 -- Lamar Odom made a driving a layup with 1.3 seconds enabling visiting Los Angeles to win its first game of the season without Kobe Bryant. Odom had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and drew a charge from Adonal Foyle with 12.6 seconds left to set up his final shot. Odom then got the ball at the top of the key, drove past Cliff Robinson and made a hanging layup to clinch the victory.
Bryant is expected to miss about three weeks with a badly sprained ankle.
Pistons 99, 76ers 95 -- Tayshaun Prince's short jumper with 24.5 seconds left put Detroit ahead and his two free throws sealed a victory over visiting Philadelphia.Allen Iverson's two free throws put the Sixers ahead -- for the first time since the opening minutes -- with 2:12 to go and they led 93-88 after Kyle Korver made three free throws. Chauncey Billups's 3-pointer and Rasheed Wallace's long jumper put Detroit ahead, 95-93. After Prince's floater over two Sixers, Korver and Kenny Thomas missed jumpers in the final seconds that would have tied the game.
Rockets 73, Spurs 67 -- Tracy McGrady scored 28 points and came up with a handful of clutch plays to lift Houston past visiting San Antonio. McGrady sparked the Rockets' strong finish by converting a 3-point play, making a couple of free throws and then finding Bob Sura all alone behind the arc for a 3-pointer that gave Houston a 64-57 lead with 2:49 to go.
He nailed a clinching 3-pointer of his own with 34.6 seconds left, putting Houston ahead, 69-61.
Timberwolves 92, Trail Blazers 84 -- Latrell Sprewell scored 25 points, including a pair of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, to lead host Minnesota.The Timberwolves also took advantage of a thinned Portland front-line to gain the edge in the rebounding battle, 44-32. Missing frontcourt players Zach Randolph, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, and Darius Miles due to injury, Portland went to a four-guard lineup through much of the second half.
Grizzlies 101, Bucks 82 -- Jason Williams had 25 points and eight assists, and Memphis used a team-record 13 3-pointers to beat visiting Milwaukee. Williams had the bulk of the Grizzlies' 3-pointers, connecting on 7 of 13.
Mavericks 98, Nets 93 -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, including 16 in the second half after having X-rays on his left ankle, to lead host Dallas. Jerry Stackhouse had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Michael Finley added 16 points to help the Mavericks snap a two-game losing streak.
Kings 99, Clippers 95 -- Chris Webber had a season-high 36 points for host Sacramento. The Clippers twice cut the lead to 2 points in the final 8.8 seconds, but Peja Stojakovic made two free throws each time, with the final pair putting the Kings ahead, 99-95, with 3.3 seconds left.
Magic 85, Pacers 84 -- Visiting Orlando beat Indiana when Reggie Miller missed a chance to tie the game from the foul line with 3.3 seconds left and Jamaal Tinsley's desperation heave from halfcourt banked in, but it was ruled he shot after the buzzer.
Cavaliers 84, Jazz 71 -- LeBron James scored 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and visiting Cleveland rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat Utah.
Bulls 86, Knicks 84 -- Eddy Curry's layup with 2.4 seconds left lifted Chicago over visiting New York for its sixth straight win.
Hawks 103, Bobcats 95 -- Al Harrington scored 22 points, and Antoine Walker added 21 points and 11 rebounds to help host Atlanta beat Charlotte.