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Huge Warriors comeback, Pistons upset

By Chris Pike
4 December 2013 07:13PM EST

THE Golden State Warriors pulled off a stunning comeback from being 27 points down to beat Toronto on Tuesday with Detroit also scoring an upset over the Miami Heat.

There were eight games in the NBA on Tuesday with Philadelphia beating Orlando in double overtime 126-125, Boston downing Milwaukee 108-100, Denver thrashing Brooklyn 111-87, Detroit beating Miami 107-97, Memphis beating Phoenix 110-91, Dallas downing Charlotte 89-82, Oklahoma City holding out Sacramento 97-95 and Golden State pulling off a remarkable comeback to beat Toronto 112-103.

It took two overtime periods to separate the Magic and 76ers in Philadelphia with the Sixers eventually prevailing by a solitary point.

Rookie Michael Carter-Williams again led the way for Philadelphia with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in what was the first triple-double of his young career and also a career high for him on the boards.

Thaddeus Young added 25 points and 12 rebounds as well in a strong performance while Evan Turner had 24 points, six boards and five assists for the 76ers, Spencer Hawes 17 points and seven rebounds, and James Anderson 19 points off the bench.

Arron Afflalo hit a career-high 43 points also for Orlando on the back of 14-of-27 shooting from the field, and to go with his six rebounds and five assists.

Glen Davis also had a career-high 23 points for the Magic shooting 15-of-24 from the field while point guard Victor Oladipo had the first triple-double of his young career in the NBA with 26 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

Boston continued Milwaukee's miserable opening to the season with an eight-point victory at home with Jordan Crawford leading the way for the Celtics with 25 points and five assists.

Jeff Green also scored 18 points for Boston, Brandon Bass 16, Avery Bradley 15, Jared Sullinger 12 and Courtney Lee 11.

OJ Mayo top-scored for the Bucks with 19 points with Brandon Knight adding 15, Khris Middleton 14 and John Henson 11.

Denver then crushed an undermanned and dismal Brooklyn at the Barclays Centre by 24 points.

Even though the Nets were without Paul Pierce, Deron Williams, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko, it was yet another horror showing from the Jason Kidd-coached team that promised to be a real contender in the eastern conference coming into the season.

Brooklyn sits on just a 5-13 record but the Nuggets are one of the hottest teams in the NBA despite a slow start to the season under new coach Brian Shaw.

In the 24-point massacre of the Nets in Brooklyn, Timofey Mozgov top-scored off the bench with 17 points to go with 20 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Kenneth Faried and Jordan Hamilton both added 15 points apiece with Ty Lawson scoring 13 points, Randy Foye 11 and Darrell Arthur 10.

Joe Johnson top-scored for the Nets with 22 points with Andray Blatche adding 15 points, Brook Lopez 12 and Tyshawn Taylor 12.

Detroit then pulled off its best win of the season to date knocking off the two-time defending champion Heat in Miami on Tuesday night by 10 points.

Kyle Singler led the way for the Pistons off the bench top-scoring with 18 points while hitting 4-of-7 from three-point range.

Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey both scored 16 points for the Pistons with Josh Smith finishing with 15 and Brandon Jennings 15 also. Centre Andre Drummond continued his good recent form with 10 points and 18 rebounds.

LeBron James had 23 points, six assists and five rebounds for Miami with Michael Beasley adding 23 off the bench, Chris Bosh 14 and Ray Allen 12.

Memphis beat Phoenix at home by 19 points on Tuesday with Ed Davis leading the way in the absence of Zach Randolph with 21 points and 12 rebounds as the power forward.

Jon Leuer top-scored for the Grizzlies, though, with 23 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Point guard Mike Conley also had 18 points and 14 assists, and Kosta Koufos 14 points and 12 boards in the absence also of starting centre Marc Gasol.

Marcus Morris top-scored for the Suns with 18 points and six rebounds off the bench with Goran Dragic adding 16 points, Miles Plumlee 11 and Markieff Morris 10.

Dallas dominated the final period at home to Charlotte to run out 89-82 winners after trailing by seven points at three quarter-time.

Dirk Nowitzki top-scored for the Mavs with 25 points with Monta Ellis adding 22 points, five assists and five rebounds. Jose Calderon also had 12 points and Vince Carter 10 for the Mavericks.

Al Jefferson top-scored for the Bobcats with 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots with Kemba Walker adding 16 points, Gerald Henderson 16 and Josh McRoberts 10 to go with eight rebounds.

Oklahoma City held off a spirited Kings comeback in Sacramento to hold on and win by two points despite a massive final period from young Kings guard Isaiah Thomas, who ended up missing his final shot that could have won the game.

Thomas finished the game with 24 points for Sacramento with Ben McLemore adding 14 points, Derrick Williams 13 and Greivis Vasquez 12 to go with seven assists.

Kevin Durant top-scored for the winning Thunder, though, with 27 points, 11 rebounds and three assists with Russell Westbrook adding 15 points, eight boards and seven assists despite seven turnovers.

Jeremy Lamb scored 14 points, Serge Ibaka 13 and Reggie Jackson 13.

In the final game of the night, the Warriors staged a remarkable come back from being 27 points down at home to the Raptors in the third quarter to end up winning by nine points thanks to an unbelievable 42 points to 15 in the final quarter.

Stephen Curry scored 14 of those on his way to 27 points for the night to go with 10 assists and five steals.

The 18-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter represented the largest deficit a Warriors franchise has had to overcome in the final period since February 9, 1962 when Philadelphia outscored Boston 42-21 in the fourth to win 126-124.

Klay Thopmson also finished with 22 points and seven assists while Harrison Barnes scored 19 points, David Lee 18 (eight rebounds, four assists), Jermaine O'Neal 11 (eight boards) and Australian centre Andrew Bogut 10 (five rebounds).

DeMar DeRozan top-scored for the Raptors with 26 points with Kyle Lowry adding 20 points and nine assists.

Rudy Gay also had 18 points and Amir Johnson 16 to go with his 10 rebounds.

NBA Results Tuesday December 3
Orlando Magic (6-12) 125 lost to Philadelphia 76ers (7-12) 126
Milwaukee Bucks (3-14) 100 lost to Boston Celtics (8-12) 108
Denver Nuggets (11-6) 111 defeated Brooklyn Nets (5-13) 87
Detroit Pistons (8-10) 107 defeated Miami Heat (14-4) 97
Phoenix Suns (9-9) 91 lost to Memphis Grizzlies (9-8) 110
Charlotte Bobcats (8-11) 82 lost to Dallas Mavericks (11-8) 89
Oklahoma City Thunder (13-3) 97 defeated Sacramento Kings (4-12) 95
Toronto Raptors (6-10) 103 lost to Golden State Warriors (10-8) 112

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