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Nene’s dunk in final second lifts Wizards over Pelicans

  • Washington Wizards guard Andre Miller, front, tries to get the ball against New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Wizards guard Andre Miller, front, tries to get the ball against New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, goes to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Nene, left, of Brazil, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, goes to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Nene, left, of Brazil, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Matt Bonner warms up before the San Antonio Spurs face off against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden; November 21, 2012.

    Matt Bonner warms up before the San Antonio Spurs face off against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden; November 21, 2012.

  • New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, goes to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Nene, left, of Brazil, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, goes to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Nene, left, of Brazil, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Wizards guard Andre Miller, front, tries to get the ball against New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, goes to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Nene, left, of Brazil, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Matt Bonner warms up before the San Antonio Spurs face off against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden; November 21, 2012.
  • New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, goes to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Nene, left, of Brazil, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nene made the go-ahead dunk with 0.9 seconds left and matched a season high with 30 points to propel the Washington Wizards past the New Orleans Pelicans, 94-93, last night.

Washington trailed, 93-92, after the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis hit two free throws with seven seconds left. After a timeout, the Wizards inbounded to John Wall, who dribbled to the lane, drew the defense, and dished to a cutting Nene, who slammed the ball with his right hand. It was the 12th assist of the night for Wall.

The play spoiled a big performance by Davis, who had 26 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Morrow added 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

But their efforts were trumped by Nene, who made 13 of 19 shots. With Wall and Bradley Beal, the Wizards’ top two threats, combining for just 21 points, Washington turned to its frontcourt. Center Marcin Gortat contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Andre Miller, acquired in a deadline deal on Thursday, made his Wizards’ debut, scoring five points with three assists in 16 minutes.

It was an uncharacteristic start for Washington, as Wall and Beal failed to score in the first quarter. But the Wizards’ other three starters compensated, hitting 11 of their first 13 shots as Washington took an early lead and held it for most of the half.

Rookie Jeff Withey sparked New Orleans late in the second quarter with an emphatic rejection of Gortat. The 7-footer followed with a slam to give the Pelicans their first lead since the opening minutes, 37-36, and set the scene for a see-saw battle the rest of the way.

Early in the third quarter, New Orleans went on a 9-0 run ignited by a 3-pointer by Eric Gordon and followed by three fast-break baskets, two of them by Davis. But Washington soon followed with a 15-2 spree, which included seven points by Nene and a 3-pointer by Martell Webster.

Hawks 107, Knicks 98

Mike Scott scored a career-high 30 points, Jeff Teague added 28 and Atlanta snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Carmelo Anthony finished with 35 points for the Knicks, who blew a double-digit, third-quarter lead for the second straight night.

New York has lost two straight and seven of nine to fall 5½ games behind Atlanta for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Atlanta began the game without All-Star forward Paul Millsap, who sustained a right knee contusion late in the fourth quarter of Friday’s loss at Detroit, but the Hawks rallied from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter to take a 74-73 lead on Lou Williams’S 3 early in the fourth.

Bobcats 92, Grizzlies 89

Kemba Walker scored 31 points and Charlotte won for the fourth time in five nights.

Charlotte is 4-0 since the All-Star break, marking its longest winning streak since March 2011.

The Bobcats used an 18-3 run in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game and then held on down the stretch with Walker making four free throws in the final 25 seconds to snap Memphis’s four-game winning streak.

The Bobcats won despite the Grizzlies holding Al Jefferson to just six points on 2-of-13 shooting. Jefferson came in having scored 29 points or more in eight of his last 11 games and at least 20 points in 17 of the last 19.

Mavericks 113, Pistons 102

Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Vince Carter added 18 and Dallas held off Detroit.

Dallas had surprising success on the boards against Detroit’s imposing front line. The Mavericks finished with 16 offensive rebounds. The Pistons, who came in as the NBA’s top team in that department, had only nine.

Detroit star Andre Drummond was in foul trouble all night and finished with only eight points and three rebounds in just under 20 minutes of action.

Josh Smith kept the Pistons in the game for a while and finished with 32 points.

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