NEW YORK – Jason Williams made the go-ahead jumper with 19 seconds left, and the Miami Heat earned their first victory of the season by beating the New York Knicks 75-72 on Sunday night.

Trailing by five with 2 minutes left, Udonis Haslem made consecutive baskets for the Heat. After Stephon Marbury threw the ball away, Williams knocked down his jumper for a 73-72 lead.

The Knicks turned it over again trying to get the ball into Eddy Curry, and Williams added two free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining. Marbury then missed a potential tying 3.

Hornets 93, 76ers 72

PHILADELPHIA – David West and Chris Paul each scored 16 points, Bobby Jackson had 12 and New Orleans snapped a two-game losing streak.

Peja Stojakovic added 10 points and Tyson Chandler had 12 rebounds.

Samuel Dalembert had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Sixers. Andre Iguodala scored 17, Kyle Korver had 13 and Reggie Evans grabbed 10 rebounds.

Philadelphia finished its four-game homestand at 1-3.

Wizards 101, Hawks 90

ATLANTA – Caron Butler scored 24 points and Washington avoided the first 0-6 start in franchise history with a win over Atlanta.

All five Washington starters scored in double figures for the first time this season. Antawn Jamison had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Brendan Haywood also posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Josh Smith scored 23 points, Joe Johnson had 22 and Marvin Williams added 20 for Atlanta. Josh Childress, with 10 points, was the Hawks’ other scorer in double figures.

Rockets 85, Bobcats 82

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Yao Ming scored a season-high 34 points, including a pair of free throws with 20.4 seconds left, and Houston rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Charlotte.

Tracy McGrady scored 12 of his 26 points in the final period and the Rockets fought back from a seven-point deficit to win their third straight game.

Matt Carroll scored 17 points to lead five players in double figures for the Bobcats. Jason Richardson and Raymond Felton had 16 points each, Gerald Wallace scored 10 and Emeka Okafor finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.


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