Henry James used a novel approach to winning an NBA basketball game. Watch your team fall behind by 19 points after three quarters, then come into the game and score 24 points in the final period to lead a huge comeback.
James, who didn't play until the last 10 minutes, made seven 3-pointers as the Atlanta Hawks outscored New Jersey 48-21 in the fourth quarter to stun the Nets 109-101 Tuesday night. Atlanta tied the NBA season high for points in a game, set by Toronto against the Nets on Jan. 11."I thought we needed some energy on the floor when I came in the game," said James, who has played with six NBA teams and began this season in the Continental Basketball Association. "I just tried to come out and make things happen. And, obviously, the 3-pointers were what was happening."
The Hawks trailed 80-61 at the end of the third quarter before James entered the game. He tied the NBA record for 3-pointers in a quarter, set this season by teammate Steve Smith, and in a half.
James' 24 points came on the seven 3-pointers and a three-shot foul when he was fouled behind the 3-point line.
Rockets 123, Clippers 119
At Houston, Hakeem Olajuwon scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets almost blew a 19-point lead against Los Angeles.
The Clippers then outscored the Rockets 27-11 to trail only 109-106 with 3:21 left. But Houston held on to stay even with Seattle, a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers, for second place in the Western Conference.
SuperSonics 108, Spurs 88
At Seattle, Gary Payton scored 24 points and Shawn Kemp had 22 points and 12 rebounds as the SuperSonics reclaimed first place in the Pacific Division by routing San Antonio.
Avery Johnson led the Spurs with 17 points. San Antonio played without its leading scorer, Dominique Wilkins, who missed the game with an ankle injury.
Bucks 92, Raptors 85
Glenn Robinson and Vin Baker had strong second halves to carry Milwaukee past visiting Toronto.
Robinson scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half and Baker scored 14 of his 17 after halftime.