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Outlaw helps Trail Blazers steal victory in overtime.

Byline: The Associated Press

ATLANTA - As the final seconds in overtime expired, it became clear that both the Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers were content to allow Travis Outlaw take the last shot.

That was all he needed to know.

Outlaw took advantage of the opportunity, sinking a 20-foot jumper with one second left in overtime to lift the Trail Blazers to a 111-109 victory over the Hawks on Monday.

Outlaw, who led Portland with 23 points, said coach Nate McMillan asked if he wanted the shot.

"I was like, `Yeah,'" said Outlaw, grinning. "It was nice for him to call my number. It felt good when I shot it. I'd been on it kind of the whole game, so I felt good about it."

The Hawks, who expected Outlaw to pass to Brandon Roy, did not give Josh Smith extra defensive help on Outlaw.

Outlaw held the ball outside the three-point line until under five seconds remained. Then he took a couple of dribbles inside the circle before pulling up and shooting over Smith.

McMillan said he made the call for the hot shooter. Outlaw made 9-of-14 shots. Roy, who had 18 points,was 8-for-22.

McMillan said Outlaw had "perfect execution" on the shot.

"He got his rhythm and shot the jump shot," McMillan said. "And he nailed it. Just another big shot."

The Hawks gave Outlaw credit for making the long shot their defense was designed to force.

"It was a contested shot," Smith said. "I wanted him to shoot a jump shot instead of driving, and he knocked it down. It was just a tough shot."

The Hawks called a timeout with 0.9 seconds left. Joe Johnson, who scored 37 points, missed a shot at the buzzer.

Portland's reserves - led by Outlaw, Sergio Rodriguez, who had 16 points, and James Jones, who had 10 - outscored Atlanta's reserves 62-30.

"Their bench outplayed our starting five, if you ask me," Johnson said. "They've got a good team."

Lakers 116, Nuggets 99: Derek Fisher scored a season-high 28 points, Jordan Farmar added 19, and Los Angeles broke open a tight game late in the third quarter to beat visiting Denver for its 18th win in 22 games.

The Nuggets played the final 21/2 quarters without Carmelo Anthony, who sprained his left ankle midway through the second period. Team spokesman Eric Sebastian said X-rays of Anthony's ankle were negative.

Wizards 102, Mavericks 84: Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison gave host Washington its first season sweep of Dallas since 1996-97.

Butler had 25 points and nine rebounds, Jamison added 23 points and eight rebounds, and Washington overcame Josh Howard's 32 points.

Magic 102, Pistons 100: Rashard Lewis hit a 12-foot jumper as time expired, lifting Orlando over visiting Detroit.

Timberwolves 109, Warriors 108: Ryan Gomes had a career-high 35 points and 11 rebounds to help Minnesota snap a 16-game road losing streak.

Spurs 95, Bobcats 86: Tim Duncan had 19 points and 10 rebounds and visiting San Antonio ended a three-game stretch where it failed to reach 90 points.

Celtics 109, Knicks 93: Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and visiting Boston routed New York for the second time this season.

Cavaliers 97, Heat 90.: LeBron James scored 28 points and added five assists, lifting Cleveland to James' first win in nine career trips to Miami and sending the Heat to their 14th straight loss.

Pacers 110, 76ers 103: Kareem Rush scored 25 points and Mike Dunleavy added 24 to lead visiting Indiana.

Rockets 96, Sonics 89: Yao Ming had 30 points and 17 rebounds, Tracy McGrady added 17 points and five assists and host Houston handed Seattle its team-record 11th consecutive loss.

Jazz 109, Clippers 93: Deron Williams had 18 points and 13 assists, and six of his teammates also scored in double figures as Utah won at Los Angeles.

Hornets 106, Bucks 92: Tyson Chandler had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and host New Orleans won its fifth straight.

Grizzlies 104, Bulls 90: Mike Miller and Rudy Gay each had 24 points to lead host Memphis.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 22, 2008
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