NBA ROUNDUP: Teague beats buzzer, Cavaliers in overtime
Jeff Teague scored a career-high 34 points, including a tiebreaking 20-foot jumper at the buzzer in the second overtime, leading the Atlanta Hawks a 127-125 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.
Teague’s fallaway jumper over Tristan Thompson bounced off the rim five times before falling through the net. Teague, who also had 14 assists, fell to the floor after shooting the ball and was mobbed by his teammates.
“I couldn't even see it, but Kyle picked me up and told me what happened,” Teague said. “I'm really happy it went in.”
Teague’s 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left in the first overtime tied it at 108.
“It was nice for this amazing game to finally be over,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Obviously, Jeff Teague made a lot of plays throughout the game and in the overtimes. I'm proud of him.”
Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 40 points, including 12 in the second OT. Thompson had 22, and Dion Waiters scored 20 points in 41 minutes after missing three games because of tendinitis in his right wrist.
“(Teague) made a tough play,” Irving said. “It's definitely a heartbreaker.”
Hawks center Al Horford, who scored two baskets late in regulation to tie the game, departed with an apparent shoulder injury during the first OT.
ROCKETS 100, GRIZZLIES 92: James Harden scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, helping Houston rally for the victory.
Harden struggled from the field, going 2-for-9, but was 22 of 25 from the free throw line. He made 9 of 11 foul shots in the final quarter.
Jeremy Lin had 14 of his 18 points in the fourth as Houston won for the third time in four games. The Rockets were coming off an impressive 111-98 victory at San Antonio on Christmas.
Houston center Dwight Howard battled foul trouble for most of the game and was held to two points and six rebounds.
He was whistled for his fifth foul with 7:52 left in the third and never returned to the action.
Zach Randolph led Memphis with 23 points and 17 rebounds. The Grizzlies had won two in a row.
SPURS 116, MAVERICKS 109: Tim Duncan had 21 points and 13 rebounds in his 10th double-double of the season, helping San Antonio take advantage of Dallas’ weakened front court.
The 6-foot-11 Duncan worked most of the game with 6-7 DeJuan Blair, who played at Pitt, defending him. Mavericks centers Samuel Dalembert and Brandan Wright were fighting an undisclosed illness.
Tony Parker led San Antonio with 23 points, and reserve Danny Green had 22 on perfect shooting. Green was 7 for 7 from the field and made each of his three foul shots.
Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and Monta Ellis scored 23 for the Mavericks. Blair had 14 points and 11 rebounds against his former team.
Wright was unable to play, and Dalembert had eight points in 24 minutes.
TRAIL BLAZERS 116, CLIPPERS 112, OT: LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 10 rebounds and the Trail Blazers held on for an overtime victory over the Clippers.
The Blazers have won seven of their last eight games and they’ve dropped just two games at home this season.
But the Clippers, playing the second of a back-to-back, mounted a challenge after trailing by as many as 11 points early in the second half. Blake Griffin had 35 points and 11 rebounds, while Chris Paul finished with 34 points and 16 assists.
Portland clung to a 114-112 lead with 13.4 seconds left and padded it with Wesley Matthews’ foul shots. Paul missed a 3-point attempt as time ran out.