NBA wrap: Jimmy Butler’s buzzer beater pushes 76ers past Nets; Lakers winning-streak snapped by Magic

Jimmy Butler has been with the 76ers for less than two weeks. But, he has already hit a pair of buzzer beaters.

The 29-year-old forward knocked down a step-back 3-pointer with less than a second to play to give Philadelphia a 127-125 win over the Nets on Sunday. Butler was acquired by the 76ers from the Timberwolves on Nov. 12.

The 76ers trailed by double-digits for most of the game and were down by 13 with 5:38 remaining after a 3-pointer by Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie. Philadelphia, however, responded with a 19-5 run to take a one-point lead.

But Dinwiddie answered with another basket to swing the scoreboard back in the Nets’ favor, setting up Butler’s 3-pointer. The Philadelphia star tallied 34 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.

Butler also hit a game-winner against the Hornets on Nov. 17.

Elsewhere, the Lakers three-game winning streak came to an end when they fell to the Magic 108-104. Orlando center Nikola Vucevic led his team to the victory with a game-high 31 points and 15 rebounds. He also added seven assists.

LeBron James registered a team-high 24 points and seven assists in the losing effort. Kyle Kuzma chipped in 21 points.

Studs of the night

Tobias Harris scored 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Clippers to a 104-100 win over the Trail Blazers.

Dwyane Wade tallied 35 points off the Heat bench against the Raptors. Miami, however, fell 125-115.

Duds of the night

Miles Bridges was 1-of-6 shooting and finished with a minus-4 in the Hornets’ 124-123 loss to the Hawks.

Kings guard Frank Mason III scored three points and was a minus-15 in his team’s 133-112 loss to the Jazz.


Trae Young to John Collins for the big jam.

Mike Conley with the slick dribble and the scoop layup:

What’s next?

Rockets (9-9) at Wizards (7-12), 7 p.m. ET — Both Houston and Washington have underperformed so far this season. The Rockets appeared to be rebounding when they won five in a row last week, but have since dropped two straight. The Wizards have picked up victories in two of their last three after starting the season 6-11.