x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Bibby's late heroics have Hawks flying high

Mike Bibby connected on a three-pointer with 1.5 seconds to play to give the Atlanta Hawks a 103-100 win over the Houston Rockets.

Atlanta's Mike Bibby, bottom with teammate Josh Smith, scored the winning points against the Houston Rockets.
Atlanta's Mike Bibby, bottom with teammate Josh Smith, scored the winning points against the Houston Rockets.

Mike Bibby connected on a three-pointer with 1.5 seconds to play to give the Atlanta Hawks a 103-100 win over the Houston Rockets. Bibby, the Hawks' point guard, scored off a pass from Joe Johnson to give Atlanta their sixth successive home win. Bibby said: "I told myself if I caught it I was going to shoot it. And there was enough space to get a good shot up." Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony had 22 points and JR Smith scored 11 of his 17 in the fourth quarter as the Denver Nuggets defeated the New Orleans Hornets for a 105-100 victory.

Chauncey Billups and Nene each scored 14 points for the Nuggets, who drew within half a game of the Hornets for second place in the Western Conference. New Orleans also lost their outright lead in the Southwest Division after Tony Parker's late shot lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a 108-106 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Tim Duncan scored 26 points and Manu Ginobili added 21 for the Spurs, who have won seven of their last eight games.

Dwyane Wade posted a remarkable all-around effort, collecting 29 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and four blocks as the Miami Heat scored a 101-96 overtime victory over the New Jersey Nets. Danny Granger scored 35 points as the Indiana Pacers erased a six-point deficit in the final three minutes, rallying to defeat the Sacramento Kings 122-117 while Gerald Wallace and Boris Diaw combined for 45 points, nine boards, nine assists and four steals to give the Charlotte Bobcats a 102-92 win against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Finally, Ryan Gomes scored 19 points and Al Jefferson added 18 and 14 boards as the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the Chicago Bulls 102-92 for their second win in a row. * With Agencies