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Overtime remains kind a fifth time to Grizzlies

By Wire services
Published March 30, 2004

ATLANTA - James Posey scored a career-high 38, including a buzzer-beating 3 to force a second overtime, and the Grizzlies beat the Hawks 136-133 Monday night in the highest-scoring game of the season.

Posey also hit two free throws with 10.7 seconds left in the second overtime, and the Hawks missed two late 3-pointers. Jason Williams scored 22 in the Grizzlies' sixth straight victory. Memphis is 5-0 in overtime games, 13-2 this month and a league-best 24-5 since Feb.1.

Stephen Jackson led the Hawks with 28 points. Jason Terry hit two free throws to give Atlanta a 107-104 lead with 15.2 seconds left, but Williams' 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left in regulation forced overtime. The Grizzlies lead the league with 14 wins when trailing after three quarters, and they trailed the Hawks 82-73 entering the fourth.

CELTICS 84, NETS 80: Paul Pierce overcame early foul trouble to score 18 of his 21 in the second half and lead visiting Boston. Richard Jefferson scored 24 and Lucious Harris added 18 for New Jersey, which dropped its third in a row. The Nets played their sixth game without injured All-Stars Kenyon Martin and Jason Kidd, falling to 1-5 without them.

KNICKS 92, BLAZERS 91: Vin Baker made a jump hook over the outstretched arm of Theo Ratliff, the league's leading shot blocker, with 38 seconds left to give New York a three-point lead that held up. Baker had two low-post moves for baskets in the final 21/2 minutes to help the Knicks to a crucial home win. Portland had a shot for the win, but Damon Stoudamire missed an off-balance 20-footer at the buzzer. The Knicks, who began the night seventh in the East, play five of their final seven games on the road.

HEAT 105, BULLS 96: Caron Butler scored 12 of his season-high 30 in the fourth quarter and had a career-best 13 rebounds to lead Miami. Dwyane Wade finished with 21 points as the Heat won its ninth consecutive home game to remain sixth in the East playoff race. Brian Grant's jumper with 4:42 left put Miami ahead for good at 87-86 and helped the Heat to a 13-2 run. Kirk Hinrich scored 20 for the Bulls, who have lost five straight.

WOLVES 94, ROCKETS 88: Kevin Garnett scored six of his 27 in the last two minutes, and Sam Cassell added 24 points for visiting Minnesota. Maurice Taylor, Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley had 17 points each for Houston.

SPURS 101, CAVS 93: Manu Ginobili scored 21 for San Antonio, which led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter. Cleveland rookie LeBron James, in his first visit to San Antonio, scored 12 of his 18 in the third quarter, but did not play in the fourth.

SUNS 101, WIZARDS 95: Shawn Marion had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead host Phoenix. Washington's Larry Hughes scored 32 and Gilbert Arenas added 30, but made just one of his three free throws when Leandro Barbosa fouled out trying to stop his 3-point attempt with 31 seconds left. It was Washington's 10th loss in 12 games.

EX-ROCKET CHARGED: Hall of Fame guard Calvin Murphy surrendered to authorities in Houston after being charged with sexually abusing his daughters more than a decade ago. The former Rockets star was charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault and three counts of indecency with a child. The charges involve five daughters who were under 17. The 55-year-old Murphy was released from jail after posting a $90,000 bond. The Rockets granted Murphy, a TV analyst for the team, a leave of absence.

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