Travis Outlaw and the New Jersey Nets were up to the challenge of providing excitement for the NBA’s European fans.
The Toronto Raptors more than did their part, too.
Outlaw scored the final 8 points for New Jersey in a 137-136 triple-overtime win yesterday that gave the Nets a sweep of their two games in London.
The game featured four missed buzzer-beaters and provided exactly the kind of thrilling finish league officials were looking for when they decided to bring regular-season games to Europe for the first time.
Outlaw made two free throws with 12.6 seconds remaining to put the Nets ahead for good and Andrea Bargnani missed a jumper at the buzzer as New Jersey swept the doubleheader at London’s O2 Arena.
“Hats off to the NBA . . . because I think it’s a huge success,’’ Nets coach Avery Johnson said of the European experiment. “This is one of the best wins I’ve been a part of.’’
Brook Lopez had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets but fouled out in the second overtime.
Deron Williams added 21 points and 18 assists for his fifth straight double-double since joining the Nets from Utah last week.
Bargnani led all scorers with 35 points, but missed a potential winner with two seconds left in the first OT.
Rockets 112, Pacers 95 — Kevin Martin scored 20 points and Chase Budinger and Kyle Lowry added 18 apiece as host Houston continued its climb in the Western Conference playoff race. The Rockets have won six of seven and are three games behind Memphis in the race for the No. 8 spot in the postseason.
Jazz 109, Kings 102 — Al Jefferson scored 27 points and Raja Bell had two crucial jumpers and a steal in overtime to help Utah stop its home losing streak at seven games.
After the Jazz lost Paul Millsap to injury, Jefferson scored 6 points in overtime and Utah outscored the Kings, 10-2, after Francisco Garcia started overtime with a 3-pointer.
Wizards 103, Timberwolves 96 — John Wall scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds to help host Washington withstand Kevin Love’s third straight game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds.
Love had 20 points and 21 rebounds for Minnesota, his 50th double-double in a row, one shy of tying the mark set by Moses Malone in 1978-79.
Trail Blazers 93, Bobcats 69 — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and host Portland demolished Charlotte a little more than a week after the teams pulled off a trade just minutes before the deadline.
Clippers 100, Nuggets 94 — Eric Bledsoe came off the bench to score a team-high 20 points for host Los Angeles.