Ulis shines as Suns down Celtics; Jazz, Pacers win in wild finishes
06 Mar 2017 - 22:54
Los Angeles: Phoenix Suns rookie Tyler Ulis and Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert shared the limelight on Sunday with a pair of stunning buzzer beaters to lift their NBA Western Conference clubs to victory.
Gobert's tip-in game winner in overtime was originally ruled no good, but was counted after a video review, and the Jazz defeated the host Sacramento Kings 110-109.
Ulis scored a career-high 20 points, including a walk-off three pointer from the right side as time expired to gave the Suns a 109-106 victory over the Boston Celtics.
France's Gobert finished with 24 rebounds, the last one on a tip of a missed shot.
"I was at the right place at the right time. I didn't know how much time was left, but I saw (Hill) go off to the left side, and I just tried to go get it," Gobert said.
Willie Cauley-Stein made two free throws with eight seconds left to put the Kings ahead 109-108.
Following a timeout, Jazz guard George Hill's jump shot fell short, but Gobert reached up and tapped it home.
The referee originally ruled that Gobert's tip came after the final buzzer but reversed the call.
Gobert finished with 16 points and Rodney Hood had a team-high 28 points in his first game back after a two-game absence for Utah. Elsewhere, there was another wild finish in Atlanta as Glenn Robinson drained a three-pointer with 0.6 seconds left as the Indiana Pacers overcome a six-point deficit with less than two minutes to play to stun the Hawks 97-96 at Philips Arena.
In Dallas, Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, the league's leading scorer, was frustrated all night long by the Mavericks defence and finished with 29 points in a 104-89 loss.
Dallas won for the fourth time in five games to climb within two games of a playoff position. Germany's Dirk Nowitzki finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season.
Westbrook shot just eight of 24 to go along with six rebounds and five assists. He also picked up his 14th technical foul on the season and a flagrant foul for shoving a Maverick player in the third quarter
In Washington, Bojan Bogdanovic made eight of 10 three-pointers, including two in the final 66 seconds, as the Washington Wizards rallied past the Orlando Magic 115-114.