x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

London's NBA fans get their money's worth as Nets edge Raptors

New Jersey beat Toronto 137-136 in triple overtime as the Nets sweep the NBA's European double header.

New Jersey Nets's Deron Williams, right, fights for the ball with the Toronto Raptors's James Johnson.
New Jersey Nets's Deron Williams, right, fights for the ball with the Toronto Raptors's James Johnson.

LONDON // Travis Outlaw scored the final eight points for New Jersey to help the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 137-136 in triple overtime and sweep the NBA's European double header.

Outlaw made two free throws with 12.6 seconds remaining to put the Nets ahead for good and Andrea Bargnani missed a jumper at the buzzer.

Brook Lopez had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets but fouled out in the second overtime. Deron Williams added 21 points and 18 assists for his fifth straight double-double since joining the team from Utah last week.

Sasha Vujacic had 25 points — including six three-pointers — and Kris Humphries added 20 points and 17 rebounds for New Jersey. Outlaw finished with 14 points.

Toronto's DeMar DeRozan finished with 30 points for the second straight night.

Bargnani led all scorers with 35 points, but also missed a potential game winner with two secs left in the first OT of a game that had exactly the kind of excitement and tight finish that the NBA had hoped for when it decided to bring regular-season games to Europe for the first time.

New Jersey won the first game at the O2 Arena in London 116-103 on Friday.

Williams made a jumper with 9.8 secs left of the second overtime to tie it at 126, and DeRozan's shot at the other end then clanked off the rim with two secs left. Bargnani grabbed the rebound but couldn't get a shot off before the buzzer.

Vujacic then made three free throws to start the third OT, before Outlaw took over the game at both ends.

After making two more free throws, Outlaw blocked Bargnani on the next possession and held on for a jump ball against Amir Johnson. The ball went to Vujacic who missed an easy layup, but Jordan Farmar ended up with the rebound and found Outlaw for a long jumper.

On New Jersey's next possession, Outlaw grabbed his own rebound for a putback to make it 135-128.

But Toronto responded with eight straight points, capped by Leandro Barbosa's three-pointer with 21 secs left, only for Johnson to foul Outlaw while shooting a jumper on the next possession.

The forward made both shots, and Bargnani's long jumper rim out at the buzzer.