Home-court advantage in the NBA is supposed to be beneficial, but that wasn't the case in the final seconds of New Orleans' game against Golden State on Tuesday.
A wide-open three-point attempt from Eric Gordon bounced all around the rim but spun out as the Warriors snuck out of town with a 102-101 win on the road against the Pelicans. Jrue Holiday set his shooting guard up with a great drive and kick to the corner, and the ball did everything except go in the basket.
New Orleans got 21 points and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes off the bench.
Nets 102, Raptors 101
The Brooklyn Nets had a 15-point lead with just over three minutes remaining, but it nearly went up in smoke. The Toronto Raptors came all the way back in the final minutes and got a final possession, down two points, when this happened:
Via The Brooklyn Game
Brooklyn survived — which was beneficial to Jason Kidd's heart health — on the strength of 24 points from Andray Blatche and 21 from Joe Johnson. For at least one stressful night, Brooklyn finally figured things out. But there's a long road ahead for the 4-10 Nets.
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 51 points in the losing effort as the Raptors fell to 6-8 on the season.
The Wizards recently learned they'd be without star guard Bradley Beal for a couple of weeks, so it was a good thing they had Nenê on Tuesday night.
Washington's Brazilian big man went for a career high 30 points at home against the Lakers as the Wiz hit some big free throws down the stretch to secure the 116-111 win at home. And John Wall was not to be outdone. The former No. 1 overall pick went for 31, marking his third straight game with 30 or more points, the first such three-game stretch of his career.
The Lakers had a chance in the final minutes, but they couldn't quite hit the shots late that would've tied the game or put them ahead. Jordan Farmar led the way for Los Angeles with 22 points and eight dimes in just 26 minutes, and each Laker starter scored in double figures.
Just when you think you've got the East figured out — well, I'm not sure anyone has the East figured out beyond the top two teams — the Magic go on the road and do this.
Orlando went to Atlanta to face the No. 3 team in the conference...and wiped them out 109-92 in what was likely the surprise of the evening. Arron Afflalo continued his torrid start with a 26-point performance, and Victor Oladipo got 18 points in the start as the Magic handled the Hawks at Phillips Arena.
Speaking of Oladipo, he wasn't interested in the Hawks' defense at the rim...
If you're looking for the game-breaker, Orlando outscored Atlanta 60-39 in the second half, when they just ran away with the game. The Hawks got 15 apiece from Al Horford and Jeff Teague, but only two other players managed double figures.