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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Thirty minutes after fueling Golden State's largest fourth-quarter comeback in more than 50 years, Klay Thompson pointed to a halftime speech by teammate Jermaine O'Neal as the difference.
It turns out the Warriors' backup big man knew just what buttons to push.
Thompson made four 3-pointers during the dramatic fourth, Stephen Curry added a pair of shots from beyond the arc down the stretch and the Golden State Warriors rallied from 27 points down in the second half to beat the Toronto Raptors 112-103 on Tuesday night.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Oklahoma City Thunder took the fourth quarter off and almost paid for it against the Sacramento Kings.
Kevin Durant had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Thunder withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally to earn their eighth straight win, a 97-95 victory over slumping Sacramento on Tuesday night.
The Thunder were outscored 30-19 in the fourth quarter but hung on to improve to 4-3 on the road this season.
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki apparently wasn't kidding when he said an early-season game against Charlotte was a must-win for the Mavericks.
Once the big German finally found his scoring groove, he got Monta Ellis to play along.
Nowitzki scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and combined with Ellis to score Dallas' last 19 points, and the Mavericks kept the Bobcats winless in Dallas by rallying for an 89-82 victory Tuesday night.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Jon Leuer's career night and Ed Davis' double-double helped the Memphis Grizzlies fill a void left by two key injuries.
Leuer scored a career-high 23 points, Davis added 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Grizzlies made the best of their makeshift lineup to defeat the Phoenix Suns 110-91 Tuesday night.
Leuer and Davis got plenty of playing time because of injuries to front-line starters Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
MIAMI -- It was just a game, not a playoff series. Still, Brandon Jennings finally got a long-awaited win over the Miami Heat.
And he made the two biggest plays to get it done.
Jennings made a deep, well-covered 3-pointer to snuff out one Miami rally with 4:09 left, then stole the ball from LeBron James to set up another score two minutes later, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Heat 107-97 on Tuesday night to snap the NBA champions' 10-game winning streak.
NEW YORK -- A small but spirited cheer broke out in a corner of Barclays Center, a contrast to the boos that rained down for much of the second half.
Timofey Mozgov had just grabbed his career-high 20th rebound late in Denver's 111-87 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night, and the players on the Nuggets' bench were thrilled.
"It's just a great deal for us and for him. He works extremely hard and he did a hell of a job going against their bigs," Nuggets guard Nate Robinson said.
BOSTON -- Jordan Crawford says the young Boston Celtics have a few things to learn about finishing out close games.
Crawford took over the role of teacher Tuesday night, scoring 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to help the Celtics hold off the Milwaukee Bucks 108-100.
"We've just got to learn to stay focused and pull out these wins -- grind them out," said Crawford, who was 5 for 5 from the field in the fourth, including three 3-pointers.
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo gave the NBA a double dose of triple-double history.
Carter-Williams had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for Philadelphia, and Oladipo had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Orlando, the first time two rookies had a triple-double in the same game.
After 58 minutes of hoops, Carter-Williams had the only stat that truly mattered -- the win.
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Pelicans say Anthony Davis is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks because of his broken left hand.
The second-year big man and 2012 top overall draft choice was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand after Sunday night's victory over the Knicks in New York.
The injury occurred during the first quarter in New York, when he hit his hand on the rim while going up for a contested lob. He underwent further evaluations by team doctors Tuesday in New Orleans before the club released the timetable for his return, which spans from 12 to 20 games.
Air 21 hopes to snap its losing streak while Petron Blaze tries to continue its winning run when they take on separate opponents in PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup action on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Express, losers of its first four games to open the tournament, will go for their first victory against the Alaska Aces at 8 p.m. in a match that will air live over TV5. That duel follows the opening encounter between Petron and Barako Bull at 5:30 p.m., a game that will be broadcast live over AksyonTV.
Air 21 is coming off a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to San Mig Coffee last Sunday. They will be taking on an Alaska squad that is also coming off its own heartbreaking overtime loss last week to Talk ‘N Text.