WASHINGTON ó Gilbert Arenas made a surprise return Wednesday night after 66 games away, but Ramon Sessions provided the Arenas-like dramatics with a 19-foot jumper at the buzzer to give the Milwaukee Bucks a 110-109 victory over the Wizards.
The Bucks, who never led by more than one point, set up the perfect inbounds play to win the game. With 1.1 seconds left, Royal Ivey threw the ball in to Andrew Bogut, who found Sessions open in the corner. There was barely a tick left on the clock as the ball left Sessions’ hands, but the shot was clearly good upon instant replay review.
Until then, the evening belonged to Arenas, who scored 17 points and made a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to play to give the Wizards the lead. Arenas played 19 minutes and shot 5-of-9 from the field and 5-of-7 on free throws.
Celtics 92, Pacers 77
BOSTON ó Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Celtics tied the NBA record for the best single-season turnaround.
With the league’s best record at 60-15, the Celtics have 36 more wins than last season when they finished 24-58, the NBA’s second worst mark.
Cavaliers 118, Bobcats 114
CHARLOTTE ó LeBron James scored 29 points before fouling out for the only the third time in his career and wasn’t on the floor when Cleveland snapped a six-game road skid.
Hornets 106, Heat 77
MIAMI ó Tyson Chandler was a perfect 10-for-10 from the floor, and his 20-point, 10-rebound effort helped the New Orleans Hornets remain atop the Western Conference standings.
Grizzlies 130, Knicks 114
MEMPHIS, Tenn.ó Javaris Crittenton scored 23 points, Rudy Gay added 21, and the Grizzlies had their best offensive performance this season.
Hawks 127, Raptors 120, OT
ATLANTA ó Mike Bibby hit a tying 3-pointer iand the Hawks won their fifth straight.
Jazz 117, T’wolves 100
SALT LAKE CITY ó Mehmet Okur made four 3-pointers and scored 22 points in a win for Utah.
Mavericks 111, Warriors 86
DALLAS ó Dirk Nowitzki unexpectedly returned to the starting lineup and scored 18 points after missing four games.