Mehmet Okur scored 25 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Utah Jazz to a 110-101 victory over the reeling Miami Heat last night in Salt Lake City.
Ricky Davis made two free throws to cut Utah's lead to 94-92 with 3:44 to play, but the Jazz went on a 9-2 run to clinch the game. Okur made a 3-pointer from the left side to cap the spurt that put the Jazz ahead 103-94 with 1:19 to play.
Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 15 rebounds while Deron Williams added 24 points and 15 assists to give the Jazz their eighth straight win at home.
Dwyane Wade led Miami with 26 points and 10 assists but missed a crucial shot during Utah's final run and went just 6 of 12 from the free throw line. Jason Williams and Davis both scored 15 points for the Heat, who have lost four of their last five games.
Okur may not match up physically with Shaquille O'Neal in the paint but the Heat center couldn't follow him to the 3-point line. Okur made four of five from beyond the arc and most were wide open.
O'Neal, hampered by foul trouble, scored 12 points in 22 minutes. Alonzo Mourning tied his season-high with 13 points and Daequan Cook had 11.
Trail Blazers 106, Grizzlies 105 - Travis Outlaw scored 21 points, including the winning 6-foot runner as the buzzer sounded, to give Portland its first road victory of the season.
Officials reviewed the basket after the game not only to see if Outlaw got the shot off in time, but also whether the clock started properly when Portland inbounded the ball with 2.8 seconds left.
Outlaw took the inbounds pass near midcourt and drove the right side on Mike Miller before firing the off-balance bank shot. Outlaw scored the last 7 points for the Trail Blazers over the game's final 56 seconds.
It was Outlaw's second buzzer-beater of the game as his 30-footer at the horn cut Memphis's lead to 80-78 at the end of three quarters.
Rudy Gay had 30 points, including a sweeping rebound tip with 2.8 seconds left to give Memphis the lead before Outlaw's winning basket.
Miller had a season-high 30 points for the Grizzlies.
Brandon Roy had 26 points and nine assists for Portland, which had lost its first nine road games this season. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 23 points.
Raptors 98, Bobcats 79 - Kris Humphries and Carlos Delfino both scored 17 points, Joey Graham added 13, and host Toronto won its fourth straight.
Jose Calderon had 12 points and nine assists and six players scored in double for Toronto.
Gerald Wallace scored 19 points and rookie Jared Dudley had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte, which has lost six straight after a 6-4 start, the best in the team's four-year history.
Mavericks 103, Bulls 98 - Josh Howard scored 27 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 25, and Dallas hung on to beat host Chicago.
The Mavericks saw a 16-point fourth-quarter lead dwindle to 3 when Andres Nocioni hit three free throws to pull Chicago within 101-98 with 11.6 seconds left.
Jason Terry answered with two free throws, and Chicago's Kirk Hinrich shot an airball from the corner, bringing the game to a wild conclusion.
Hawks 88, 76ers 79 - Josh Smith scored 22 points and Marvin Williams and Josh Childress both added 16 to help Atlanta snap a seven-game losing streak at Philadelphia.
Joe Johnson scored 15 points and Al Horford had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks (7-9).