Nets Blow 20-Point Lead and Lose to 76ers on Jimmy Butler 3-Pointer

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Jimmy Butler made a 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 127-125 victory over the host Nets on Sunday.

Butler’s shot from the right wing, similar to the one that beat Charlotte in overtime on Nov. 17, capped Philadelphia’s rally from 20 points down in a game the Nets led nearly all the way.

Butler finished with 34 points and 12 rebounds, and Joel Embiid had 32 points and 12 boards for the 76ers, who have won five of six.

A game-time decision after spraining his ankle against Cleveland on Friday night, Butler looked fine after he spent Saturday at Villanova’s home gym. He hoisted up shots from about 20 different spots, including the same area from where he would go on to make the 76ers a winner.

Embiid, who had his 18th 20-point game of the season, has grown accustomed to Butler’s flair for the dramatic, but knew he had to rush it a little after Philadelphia inbounded the ball with just 10.2 seconds remaining.

“He kept taking his time and I am like, ‘Are you going to freaking shoot the ball?’ ” Embiid said. “You know, big-time play. He got to his spot and he made a big-time shot.”

The Nets shot 57 percent from the field and hit 46 percent beyond the 3-point line to head into the half with a 68-54 lead before the 76ers rallied.

D’Angelo Russell had 38 points, his highest total with the Nets, and added eight assists and eight rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 31 points off the bench.

The 76ers, who are a league-best 10-1 at home, are now 4-7 away from Wells Fargo Center. The Nets have lost three in a row.

Butler, whose first game-winner with the Sixers ruined Kemba Walker’s 60-point performance in Charlotte, led Philadelphia’s fourth-quarter charge after the 76ers looked sluggish throughout the first three quarters.

The Nets led, 118-105, after Dinwiddie’s basket forced the 76ers to call timeout with 4 minutes 57 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Philadelphia then went on a 16-2 run and went ahead by 121-120 on J J Redick’s 3-pointer with 1:03 remaining, its first lead since Embiid scored the game’s first two points.

Joe Harris answered with a 3 of his own to put the Nets back ahead. Embiid came back on the other end, converting a three-point play after Harris fouled him to give Philadelphia a 124-123 lead.

Dinwiddie briefly put the Nets back on top with a jumper over Redick, setting the stage for Butler’s winner.

“It’s tough, we played 45 minutes of that game and lost it to that one shot, but we gave ourselves a chance,” Russell said.

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Enes Kanter, knocking the ball away from Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies, had a career-high 26 rebounds and scored 21 points for the Knicks.CreditNelson Chenault/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

KNICKS 103, GRIZZLIES 98 One year after being fired as coach of the Grizzlies, David Fizdale returned to Memphis with his Knicks and left with a victory.

The win, the Knicks’ third in a row, led to a celebration, as Fizdale’s players doused him with water and ice as he entered the locker room.

“You’re getting me emotional because I can’t put it into words,” Fizdale said.

Enes Kanter had a career-high 26 rebounds and scored 21 points for the Knicks, and Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 22 points. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 27 points, and Mike Conley added 23. The rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. had 16 points and 7 blocked shots.

Fizdale may have played down any real emotions about his return, but his squad was aware of the game’s importance. A poor-shooting first half left the Knicks trailing, 52-43, at the break, leading to some advice from Fizdale.

“Coming into halftime, Fizz knew that we had that type of mind-set coming into the game,” Hardaway said. “He told us at halftime just to calm down and don’t make it about him. That’s what we were playing for. We were playing for Coach.”

After Memphis built the lead to 13 early in the third quarter, Kanter began asserting his strength inside. He muscled his way around the basket for 14 points in the quarter, going 6 of 9 from the field, and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Knicks outscored Memphis, 35-19, in the third, including a 23-6 run.

The teams, tied at 89-89 with 4:38 left, exchanged leads until a steal by Trey Burke led to a dunk by Emmanuel Mudiay, who was fouled by Garrett Temple. The resulting free throw gave the Knicks a 97-93 lead.

Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/sports/nba-nets-sixers-knicks-grizzlies.html