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76ers' goof gives Wizards opening for win

WASHINGTON — John Wall was about 40 feet from the basket when he was fouled by Jrue Holiday with time running out and the Wizards trailing by three.

The No. 1 overall pick, playing in just his ninth NBA game and returning after missing four games with a sprained left foot, knew exactly what to do. He tossed the ball toward the basket, making it a shooting foul that would give him three free throws.

He sank all three with 3.5 seconds left to force overtime, and Washington went on to get its second crazy victory over the 76ers in less than a month, 116-114 on Tuesday night.

"I could tell how he was walking up to me that he was going to foul me," Wall said. "Luckily I got the call and got to shoot three free throws."

Nick Young hit an open 3 with 7.6 seconds left in the extra period for the winning points, but it wouldn't have been possible if not for a Holiday gift Philadelphia coach Doug Collins didn't want to give. The 76ers blew a 15-point fourth-quarter lead.

"All we had to do was just finish out the game, and we just made critical mistakes again. That's just crushing us. That's been the story of our whole first 14 games of the season," Collins said. "You've got to be careful because when a guy is running at you with the ball like that, you've got to know when he sees you coming that he's going to pick up and launch it."

It was the second time in November that the Wizards beat the 76ers after taking the game to overtime by scoring three surprising points just before the buzzer. Cartier Martin's desperation 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left forced overtime in the Wizards' 116-115 win Nov. 2.

"I'm sure you want to keep all sharp objects away from Doug," Washington coach Flip Saunders said.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Brook Lopez had a season-high 32 points and the host Nets snapped a three-game skid with a 107-101 overtime victory over the Hawks, who lost their third straight. … Toney Douglas had 22 points, and the host Knicks won their fourth straight game, 110-107 over the Bobcats in the opener of a home-and-home series. … Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 42 points with 12 rebounds, carrying the host Mavericks to an 88-84 win over the Pistons.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Magic shooting guard Vince Carter will be a game-time decision against the Heat tonight after he sprained his left knee. … Heat forward and former Gator Udonis Haslem had surgery to repair a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot, possibly ending his season. Erick Dampier signed after passing a physical. … Center Nick Collison signed a multiyear extension with the Thunder. Terms were not disclosed. … Nets sixth man Terrence Williams will miss the next two games after repeatedly breaking team rules. … 76ers swingman Andre Iguodala returned after missing three games with tendinitis in his right Achilles' tendon.

Knicks 110, Bobcats 107

CHARLOTTE (107): Diaw 5-9 0-0 12, Wallace 8-15 4-6 20, Mohammed 0-4 0-0 0, Augustin 10-18 2-3 24, Jackson 7-21 2-2 18, Thomas 1-4 3-4 5, D.Brown 6-8 0-0 12, K.Brown 2-4 1-2 5, Livingston 5-7 1-1 11, McGuire 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-90 13-18 107.

NEW YORK (110): Gallinari 3-7 8-8 15, Stoudemire 5-12 7-7 17, Turiaf 6-6 0-0 12, Felton 5-13 5-5 16, Fields 6-10 0-0 14, Chandler 2-8 3-3 7, Douglas 8-12 1-2 22, Mozgov 1-2 0-0 2, Walker 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 38-73 24-25 110.

Charlotte 26 23 26 32— 107

New York 32 28 29 21— 110

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 6-15 (Diaw 2-3, Augustin 2-5, Jackson 2-6, Wallace 0-1), New York 10-25 (Douglas 5-7, Fields 2-4, Walker 1-1, Gallinari 1-4, Felton 1-5, Chandler 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 51 (Wallace 8), New York 36 (Stoudemire, Fields 7). AssistsCharlotte 19 (Augustin 7), New York 18 (Felton 9). Total FoulsCharlotte 22, New York 20. TechnicalsJackson. A19,763 (19,763).

Pacers 100, Cavaliers 89

CLEVELAND (89): Graham 4-10 3-4 11, Hickson 4-8 1-2 9, Varejao 2-6 2-2 6, M.Williams 3-7 0-0 6, Parker 0-5 0-0 0, Gibson 6-10 2-2 15, Jamison 4-9 3-4 12, Hollins 2-3 2-4 6, Sessions 7-12 1-2 15, Moon 1-4 2-2 4, J.Williams 2-6 0-0 5, Powe 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 35-83 16-22 89.

INDIANA (100): Granger 7-17 5-5 24, McRoberts 3-6 2-2 9, Hibbert 3-6 0-0 6, Collison 5-11 7-8 18, Dunleavy 4-8 0-0 10, Ford 0-2 0-0 0, S.Jones 2-4 2-2 6, Rush 7-10 0-2 16, Posey 1-5 0-0 3, George 0-3 0-0 0, Hansbrough 3-8 2-2 8. Totals 35-80 18-21 100.

Cleveland 16 21 19 33— 89

Indiana 24 38 21 17— 100

3-Point GoalsCleveland 3-7 (Jamison 1-1, Gibson 1-1, J.Williams 1-3, Moon 0-2), Indiana 12-27 (Granger 5-9, Rush 2-3, Dunleavy 2-5, Collison 1-1, McRoberts 1-3, Posey 1-4, George 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 54 (Jamison, Hickson 10), Indiana 48 (Hibbert, McRoberts 7). AssistsCleveland 15 (Sessions 5), Indiana 21 (Collison 7). Total FoulsCleveland 17, Indiana 21. TechnicalsM.Williams, Cleveland defensive three second, Hibbert. A12,629 (18,165).

Nets 107, Hawks 101, OT

ATLANTA (101): M.Williams 3-4 0-0 7, Jos.Smith 9-21 1-1 20, Horford 5-11 4-4 14, Bibby 3-5 0-0 9, Johnson 6-18 3-3 16, Ja.Crawford 8-14 2-5 21, Evans 0-1 0-0 0, Powell 3-6 0-0 6, Pachulia 2-4 0-0 4, Teague 1-4 0-0 2, Collins 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 41-89 10-13 101.

NEW JERSEY (107): Outlaw 4-10 1-1 9, Humphries 4-6 4-6 12, Lopez 12-19 8-10 32, Harris 9-17 6-8 27, Morrow 4-9 3-4 13, Favors 3-6 1-2 7, Farmar 1-8 0-0 3, Graham 0-1 0-0 0, Petro 1-4 2-2 4, James 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-80 25-33 107.

Atlanta 21 22 24 26 8— 101

New Jersey 31 20 19 23 14— 107

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 9-15 (Ja.Crawford 3-3, Bibby 3-3, M.Williams 1-1, Jos.Smith 1-2, Johnson 1-4, Teague 0-1, Evans 0-1), New Jersey 6-19 (Harris 3-7, Morrow 2-5, Farmar 1-4, Outlaw 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 49 (Horford 10), New Jersey 52 (Humphries 14). AssistsAtlanta 26 (Johnson 8), New Jersey 23 (Harris 9). Total FoulsAtlanta 25, New Jersey 16. TechnicalsNew Jersey defensive three second. A13,010 (18,500).

Wizards 116, 76ers 114, OT

PHILADELPHIA (114): Iguodala 6-18 9-12 23, Brand 8-14 3-5 19, Hawes 2-5 1-2 5, Holiday 3-12 4-4 10, Turner 3-7 5-8 11, Nocioni 4-8 0-0 11, Speights 8-13 0-0 16, Williams 2-8 0-0 4, T.Young 7-8 0-0 15. Totals 43-93 22-31 114.

WASHINGTON (116): Thornton 0-1 0-0 0, Blatche 8-21 1-2 17, McGee 9-15 6-8 24, Arenas 6-16 2-2 17, Hinrich 3-8 1-2 7, Armstrong 0-0 0-0 0, Wall 7-15 8-8 25, Martin 1-3 0-0 2, N.Young 7-15 1-1 19, Booker 2-4 1-3 5, Gee 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-98 20-26 116.

Philadelphia 30 22 25 29 8— 114

Washington 20 18 35 33 10— 116

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 6-13 (Nocioni 3-3, Iguodala 2-3, T.Young 1-1, Hawes 0-1, Speights 0-1, Turner 0-1, Williams 0-1, Holiday 0-2), Washington 10-23 (N.Young 4-8, Arenas 3-7, Wall 3-7, Hinrich 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 62 (Iguodala 11), Washington 58 (McGee 18). AssistsPhiladelphia 29 (Iguodala 8), Washington 25 (Arenas 7). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 21, Washington 21. TechnicalsSpeights, Philadelphia defensive three second, Wall, Washington defensive three second 2. Flagrant Fouls—Brand. A16,197 (20,173).

Mavericks 88, Pistons 84

DETROIT (84): Prince 9-13 1-3 19, Maxiell 5-7 0-1 10, Wallace 1-4 1-2 3, Stuckey 4-8 10-10 19, Hamilton 1-7 3-4 5, McGrady 3-6 0-2 6, Gordon 3-10 2-2 10, Villanueva 1-6 0-0 2, Bynum 2-6 2-2 6, Monroe 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 31-73 19-26 84.

DALLAS (88): Butler 4-11 3-4 11, Nowitzki 13-23 13-16 42, Chandler 1-2 1-2 3, Kidd 2-9 2-2 7, Stevenson 1-3 0-0 3, Haywood 1-1 0-0 2, Marion 1-6 2-2 4, Terry 7-17 1-1 16, Barea 0-5 0-0 0, Mahinmi 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-78 22-27 88.

Detroit 17 25 19 23— 84

Dallas 24 14 18 32— 88

3-Point GoalsDetroit 3-8 (Gordon 2-2, Stuckey 1-1, Hamilton 0-1, Villanueva 0-2, McGrady 0-2), Dallas 6-20 (Nowitzki 3-3, Stevenson 1-2, Kidd 1-5, Terry 1-6, Marion 0-1, Barea 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 53 (Monroe 8), Dallas 49 (Nowitzki 12). AssistsDetroit 11 (McGrady 4), Dallas 21 (Kidd 10). Total FoulsDetroit 19, Dallas 24. TechnicalsMcGrady. A19,734 (19,200).

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