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NBA Roundup: 'Lucky' 3 helps Hornets stay perfect against Suns

Phoenix Suns center Amare Stoudemire. (Donna McWilliam / The Associated Press)
Phoenix Suns center Amare Stoudemire. (Donna McWilliam / The Associated Press) AP

PHOENIX — Shaquille O'Neal got a look at how entertaining his new team can be.

The result was the same as its been all season, though, for his Phoenix Suns against New Orleans. The Hornets won.

Peja Stojakovic sank what he called a "lucky" 22-footer at the buzzer to give the Hornets a 132-130 double-overtime win Wednesday night, improving their record against the Suns to 3-0, with two wins in Phoenix.

Chris Paul (42 points) scored only two points after regulation for New Orleans, which was without Tyson Chandler (flu).

Amare Stoudemire had 26 points and a season-best 20 rebounds for Phoenix.

The Suns forced the second overtime with dramatic 3-pointers by Leandro Barbosa and Steve Nash. They almost did it again when Barbosa made a 3 to tie it at 130 with 3.2 seconds left in the second OT.

But after a time out, the Hornets got the ball to the sharpshooting Stojakovic, whose smooth jumper ended it.

PISTONS 100, HEAT 95, at Auburn Hills, Mich. — Miami lost its fifth consecutive game and 20th of 21. Dwyane Wade (30 points, 12 assists) pulled the Heat within a point with just under 3 minutes left and set up Ricky Davis' 3-pointer to make it 94-92 Heat with 21.5 seconds left. Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups followed with free throws on the next three possessions to seal the Detroit win.

JAZZ 118, NUGGETS 115 (OT), at Denver — Kyle Korver's 27 points, including four free throws in the final 19 seconds of overtime, sent Utah to its 10th consecutive win. Korver's two free throws with 19.3 seconds remaining gave the Jazz a 116-115 lead, and after a timeout, Allen Iverson (34 points) was short on a jumper from the left corner with 5 seconds left. Korver then sank two more free throws.

TRAIL BLAZERS 100, BULLS 97, at Portland, Ore. — Chicago, which trailed by 13 in the second half, narrowed the score to 91-88 with 2:01 left on Ben Wallace's dunk. Travis Outlaw scored Portland's next four points.

MAVERICKS 107, BUCKS 96, at Dallas — Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his first career triple-double, and Dallas stretched its home winning streak to eight games.

CELTICS 111, CLIPPERS 100, at Boston — Rajon Rondo scored a career-high 24 points for Boston.

MAGIC 100, NETS 84, at Orlando, Fla. — New Jersey has lost 13 of its last 16, and three in a row by double digits.

HAWKS 98, LAKERS 95, at Atlanta — With Atlanta leading 95-93, Kobe Bryant committed a turnover with 8 seconds left. Bryant, pressured by Joe Johnson, lost control of the ball and was called for over-and-back when he regained possession past the midcourt line. Atlanta then made 3 of 4 free throws to close the game.

SPURS 85, WIZARDS 77, at Washington — Robert Horry scored seven of his nine points in a 17-4 spurt that gave San Antonio the lead for good.

PACERS 103, KNICKS 100, at New York — Indiana held New York to three field goals in the final 8½ minutes to end a seven-game losing streak.

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