New Jersey earns 137-136 victory over Toronto in 3 OT in London
Travis Outlaw scored the final eight points for New Jersey in a 137-136 triple overtime win Saturday night that gave the Nets a sweep of their two games in London.
LONDON — 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 eight points for New Jersey in a 137-136 triple overtime win Saturday night 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 had 21 points and 18 assists for his fifth straight double-double since joining the Nets from Utah last week.
• LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 and Portland beat Charlotte 93-69 a little more than a week after the teams pulled off a trade just minutes before the deadline.
• John Wall scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 103-96 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Kevin Love had 20 and 21 rebounds for Minnesota.
• Rookie Eric Bledsoe had a career-high 20 points in place of injured Eric Gordon, who injured his right wrist, and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the visiting Denver Nuggets 100-94. Blake Griffin had 18 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for L.A.
• Orlando's Dwight Howard has been suspended for one game without pay for picking up his 16th technical foul of the season. He will serve the suspension Monday.
• Boston coach Doc Rivers said Shaquille O'Neal's foot is still bothering him, pushing back his return to Boston's lineup. Rivers had hoped to have O'Neal play Wednesday.
ESPN.com reported that the Celtics are trying to sign Carlos Arroyo to back up point guard Rajon Rondo.
• Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher is expected to play Sunday against San Antonio despite a sprained left elbow.
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