WASHINGTON – Vince Carter’s 34 points included a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force overtime, and Jason Kidd’s 77th career triple-double included 18 assists Sunday night, leading the New Jersey Nets to a 105-93 victory over the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards were seeking their first 4-0 start at home since the 1974-75 season, and they appeared headed in that direction when Michael Ruffin drew a charging call on Carter with 3.2 seconds left in regulation and the hosts ahead by a point.

Nuggets 108, Bobcats 101

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points and the Denver Nuggets forced Charlotte into a franchise-worst 29 turnovers in a 108-101 victory over the Bobcats on Sunday.

J.R. Smith and Andre Miller each added 17 points for the Nuggets, who scored 26 points off Charlotte’s miscues to pick up their second straight win after an 0-3 start.

Clippers 92, Hornets 76

LOS ANGELES – Elton Brand had 22 points and 10 rebounds and five other players scored in double figures for the Los Angeles Clippers in a 92-76 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday.

The Clippers have won five straight – all at home – since losing at Phoenix on opening night.

They also won their first five home games last season and finished 27-14 at Staples Center.

NHL

Blues 5, Oilers 3

ST. LOUIS – Martin Rucinsky scored twice as the St. Louis Blues snapped a three-game losing skid by beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 Sunday afternoon.

Bryce Salvador, Rucinsky and Jay McClement also scored for St. Louis, which won for the second time in its last eight games. Back-up goalie Curtis Sanford made 31 saves for the Blues.

Rookie Brad Winchester scored twice for the Oilers. Fernando Pisani had the other Edmonton goal.

Blackhawks 1, Jackets 0

CHICAGO – Brian Boucher stopped 28 shots for his first shutout and victory with the Chicago Blackhawks, a 1-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.

Defenseman Lasse Kukkonen scored in the second period to help the Blackhawks win their second straight following an eight-game (0-7-1) losing streak.

Boucher, who entered the game with an 0-7-1 record, has 13 career shutouts.

Ducks 3, Wild 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 24 saves and the Anaheim Ducks bounced back from their first regulation loss of the season to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Sunday night.

Dustin Penner and Corey Perry scored for Anaheim in the second period, and Scott Niedermayer added a power-play goal in the third.

Niedermayer’s goal proved the difference, as Minnesota’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored his second goal of the game to close the gap to 3-2 with 53 seconds remaining.


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