Nene’s last-second dunk gives Washington Wizards a victory
Nene made a go-ahead dunk with 0.9 seconds left and matched a season high with 30 points to propel the host Washington Wizards past the New Orleans Pelicans 94-93.
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON – Nene made a go-ahead dunk with 0.9 seconds left and matched a career high with 30 points to propel the Washington Wizards past the New Orleans Pelicans 94-93 on Saturday night.
Washington trailed 93-92 when Anthony Davis of the Pelicans made two free throws with seven seconds left. After a timeout, the Wizards inbounded to John Wall, who dished to a cutting Nene for the slam. It was the 12th assist of the night for Wall, who had planned to shoot a jumper.
“I just prayed,” said Nene, who made 13 of 19 shots. “I wanted to finish with the ball in my hands. They put the ball into my hands. John, he did amazing, penetration right there. He found me right there.”
The play spoiled a big performance by Davis, who had 26 points and 11 rebounds.
Hawks end skid
ATLANTA – Mike Scott scored a career-high 30 points, Jeff Teague added 28 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 107-98 victory over New York.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 35 points for the Knicks, who blew a double-digit, third-quarter lead for the second straight night. New York has lost seven of nine to fall 5½ games behind Atlanta for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Lenny Wilkens, former Sonics coach and player, was honored at halftime. Wilkens, 76, coached the Hawks to their most recent division title, in the 1993-94 season.
SALT LAKE CITY – Minnesota’s Kevin Love contributed 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists — the first triple-double of his career — to lead the Timberwolves to a 121-104 victory over Utah.
• Rudy Gay scored 22 points, former Washington Huskies guard Isaiah Thomas added 21 points and matched his career high with 12 assists and the Sacramento Kings beat visiting Boston 105-98.
Kings officials announced guard Jason Terry, a graduate of Franklin High in Seattle who was traded by Brooklyn on Thursday, will spend the rest of the season rehabilitating his left knee.
• Kemba Walker scored 31 points and the host Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 92-89 to improve to 4-0 since the All-Star break.
• Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points and the visiting Dallas Mavericks held off the Detroit Pistons for a 113-102 victory.
• Jermaine O’Neal had season highs of 23 points and 13 rebounds as host Golden State beat Brooklyn 93-86.
• Paul George scored 32 points and David West tied a season high with 30, helping Indiana hang on to beat host Milwaukee 110-100.