British fans were treated to an incredible triple overtime clash at London's O2, as the New Jersey Nets finally managed to knock off the Toronto Raptors 137-136.

In the end, Travis Outlaw was the hero as he scored the Nets' final eight points. Brook Lopez had a huge night – going for 34 points – whilst Sasha Vujacic added 25.

Italian Andrea Bargnani was the game's top-scorer with 35 – but he failed to take advantage of two game-winning opportunities. His 12 rebounds meant he recorded just his second double-double of the season.

Vujacic was on fire early on – going 5/5 from downtown (he finished 6/9) – and it was his three-pointer with 9.2 seconds left which sent the game into double overtime.

Outlaw finally put the game away in triple OT as he knocked down two free throws with 12.6 seconds to play.

The thrilling game was just what the NBA were hoping for. It gave British fans a taste of just how exciting NBA basketball can be – and had the added bonus of generating extra advertising revene back in the States, thanks to the extended TV time. It should also have planted London firmly in the minds of American fans and League executives.


"Hats off to the NBA because I think it's a huge success," Nets coach Avery Johnson said of the trans-Atlantic experiment.

"This is one of the best wins I've been a part of."

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