Butler's buzzer-beater pushes 76ers past Nets, Lakers lose
Jimmy Butler has been with the Philadelphia 76ers for less than two weeks, but he has already hit a pair of buzzer-beaters in the NBA.
The 29-year-old forward knocked down a step-back three-pointer with less than a second to play to give Philadelphia a 127-125 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Butler was acquired by the 76ers from the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 12.
The 76ers trailed by double-digits for most of the game and were down by 13 with five minutes, 38 seconds remaining after a three-pointer by Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie. Philadelphia, however, responded with a 19-5 run to take a one-point lead.
But Dinwiddie answered with another basket to swing the scoreboard back in the Nets' favour, setting up Butler's three-pointer. The Philadelphia star tallied 34 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.
Butler also hit a game-winner against the Charlotte Hornets on November 17.
Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Lakers' three-game winning streak came to an end when they fell to the Magic 108-104. Orlando center Nikola Vucevic led his team to the victory with a game-high 31 points and 15 rebounds. He also added seven assists.
LeBron James registered a team-high 24 points and seven assists in the losing effort. Kyle Kuzma chipped in 21 points.
Tobias Harris scored 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Clippers to a 104-100 win over the Trail Blazers.
Dwyane Wade tallied 35 points off the Heat bench against the Raptors. Miami, however, fell 125-115.
Miles Bridges was one-of-six shooting and finished with a minus-four in the Hornets' 124-123 loss to the Hawks.
Kings guard Frank Mason III scored three points and was a minus-15 in his team's 133-112 loss to the Jazz.
Collins, Conley produce highlights
Trae Young passed to John Collins for a big jam.
Mike Conley produced a slick dribble and a scoop layup.
Orlando Magic 108-104 Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons 118-107 Phoenix Suns
Atlanta Hawks 124-123 Charlotte Hornets
Philadelphia 76ers 127-125 Brooklyn Nets
New York Knicks 103-98 Memphis Grizzlies
Toronto Raptors 125-115 Miami Heat
Utah Jazz 133-112 Sacramento Kings
Los Angeles Clippers 104-100 Portland Trail Blazers
Rockets at Wizards
Both Houston (9-9) and Washington (7-12) have underperformed so far this season. The Rockets appeared to be rebounding when they won five in a row last week, but have since dropped two straight. The Wizards have picked up victories in two of their last three after starting the season 6-11.