SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gordon Hayward made a step-back jumper at the buzzer, one-upping LeBron James and boosting the Utah Jazz to a 102-100 victory over the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Hayward, who had 21 points, broke free of James to catch an inbounds pass, faked a move to the basket and then stepped back on the right wing and swished a 21-foot jump shot as the horn sounded.
The forward was mobbed by his Jazz teammates in a scene reminiscent of a college tournament game.
SPURS 94, HAWKS 92
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and San Antonio held on for its 17th straight win at home over Atlanta.
The Spurs had a season-high 25 assists for a balanced scoring effort that they needed to fend off the Hawks’ furious rally in the final quarter. Tony Parker scored 17 points and Manu Ginobili added 12, including a pair of free throws with 3.8 seconds remaining.
BULLS 95, BUCKS 86
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Derrick Rose returned from his latest injury and helped Chicago to another victory at Milwaukee.
Taj Gibson scored 23 points, Pau Gasol added 22 and Rose had 13 points and seven assists in 32 minutes for the Bulls, who have beaten the Bucks nine straight times in Milwaukee.
GRIZZLIES 102, SUNS 91
PHOENIX (AP) — Mike Conley had 24 points and 11 assists, and Memphis used a strong defensive effort in the third quarter to beat Phoenix and remain unbeaten.
The Grizzlies, who won all four meetings last season, forced 10 turnovers in the third and turned an 11-point deficit in the second period into a five-point lead going into the fourth. Conley and fellow guard Courtney Lee, both coming off injuries, combined to score 17 of Memphis’ 30 third-quarter points.
PISTONS 98, KNICKS 95
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Greg Monroe had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Detroit held off New York for its first win of the season.
The Pistons (1-3) went 1 for 17 on 3-pointers in Sunday’s loss to Brooklyn, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit their first three attempts against New York, and they ended up with a season-high 11.
BOSTON (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored 35 points and had a key steal in the closing minute to lead Toronto over Boston.
DeMar DeRozan had 23 points and Patrick Patterson added 14 for the Raptors.
Rajon Rondo led Boston with a triple-double of 13 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. Jeff Green had 20 points for the Celtics, who have lost three straight after a season-opening win over Brooklyn.
HORNETS 96, HEAT 89
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Al Jefferson scored a season-high 28 points and added 10 rebounds, and Charlotte snapped a 16-game, regular-season losing streak against Miami.
Charlotte was winless against the Heat in the LeBron James era, including getting swept in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs by Miami last season.
TIMBERWOLVES 98, NETS 91
NEW YORK (AP) — Nikola Pekovic converted a tiebreaking three-point play with 48 seconds left, and Minnesota scored the final nine points of the game to beat Brooklyn.
Kevin Martin led the Timberwolves with 26 points and rookie Andrew Wiggins, playing in the arena where he was taken by Cleveland with the No. 1 pick in the draft, added 17.
PACERS 94, OT
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall had seven of his 31 points in overtime, and Washington won its fourth straight and gained a tiny measure of revenge from last season’s playoffs by beating resilient but even-more-depleted Indiana.
The Wizards blew a 12-point, second-half lead and survived Roy Hibbert’s 3-point attempt in the closing seconds to move three games above .500, a mark they didn’t reach until March 1 last season. A strong finish eventually led to a second-round postseason meeting with the Pacers, who won in six games to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
MAGIC 91, 76ERS 89
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tobias Harris made a jumper at the buzzer to give Orlando its first win of the season.
Nik Vucevic scored 17 points and Channing Frye had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando. Harris had 18 points and eight rebounds to help the Magic snap a season-opening, four-game losing streak.