The Brooklyn Nets push for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference has been one of the best stories in the NBA this season, but their 123-121 win over the Kings in Sacramento on Tuesday night was something out of a fairy tale.
Trailing 103-88 entering the fourth quarter, the Nets outscored the Kings 45-18 over the final 12 minutes, culminating in a Rondae Hollis-Jefferson cutting, twisting, game-winning layup with under a second remaining.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, in the shot clock era, teams trailing by 25 or more points through three quarters were 3-3,028 all-time.
D'Angelo Russell scored 27 of his game-high 44 points over the final 9 minutes, 6 seconds of the fourth quarter.
Jefferson finished with 14 points in 17 minutes of action.
L.A. Clippers 115, Indiana 109: Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points to lead six Clippers in double-figures as they held off the Pacers at home. Earlier in the day head coach Doc Rivers denied rumors that he had any interest in the Lakers potential head coaching job, and reported that he and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer are working on a long-term contract.
Milwaukee 115, L.A. Lakers 101: Khris Middleton had 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as the Bucks defeated the Lakers in Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokoumpo of the Bucks and LeBron James of the Lakers, who served as competing All-Star captains, were both held out of the lineup.
Houston 121, Atlanta 105: James Harden had 31 points and 10 assists as the Rockets picked up a road win. They are 12-1 in their past 13 games.