ATLANTA — Joe Johnson was exhausted by the time the Hawks and Utah Jazz had dragged each other into a fourth overtime – in Atlanta’s third game in three nights, no less.
“It was unbelievable,” he said. “I just had to laugh it off. I’ve never played in a game like that.”
Johnson scored 37 points, Josh Smith added 22 and the Hawks ended Utah’s six-game winning streak with a 139-133 victory Sunday night in the NBA’s first quadruple-overtime game since 1997.
The four overtimes tied for the third-longest game in NBA history. It was the ninth NBA game to go four OTs and the first since Phoenix beat Portland 140-139 on Nov. 14, 1997.
Al Jefferson finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds, and Paul Millsap had 25 points and 13 boards for the Jazz before both players fouled out in the final overtime.
Atlanta has won four in a row and six of seven. The Hawks improved to 30-20 and moved one-half game ahead of Indiana for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
THUNDER 103, HEAT 87
In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had 28 points, nine rebounds and tied his season-high with eight assists, Kendrick Perkins added a season-best 16 points and Oklahoma City opened a difficult stretch in their schedule by beating Miami.
The two title contenders opened the day tied for the second-best record in the NBA, three games behind the Chicago Bulls in the race for the top overall seed in the playoffs.
Oklahoma City claimed this one, getting a season-high 13 steals and forcing Miami into 21 turnovers that led to 28 Thunder points.
Dwyane Wade led Miami with 22 points but also committed six turnovers.
SPURS 93, 76ERS 76
In San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 21 points and San Antonio beat Philadelphia in a matchup of short-handed teams.
DeJuan Blair added 19 points for the Spurs, who won for the seventh time in eight games and swept the season series with the 76ers despite being without Tim Duncan. With the Spurs playing three games in three nights, coach Gregg Popovich gave Duncan his second day off this season.
CELTICS 88, WIZARDS 76
In Boston, Avery Bradley scored a career-high 23 points, and Paul Pierce added 21 points and eight rebounds to help short-handed Boston beat Washington.
Boston was without guards Ray Allen (ankle) and Mickael Pietrus (head injury) but still had plenty to hold off the struggling Wizards.
Rajon Rondo had 11 assists for the Celtics.
TIMBERWOLVES 117, NUGGETS 100
In Minneapolis, Kevin Love followed up his 51-point game with 30 points and 21 rebounds to lead Minnesota to a win over Denver.
JaVale McGee had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets.
SUNS 108, CAVALIERS 83
In Cleveland, Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris scored 22 points apiece and Phoenix never trailed in a win over Cleveland.
Steve Nash added 13 assists for the Suns.
Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 16 points for Cleveland, which has lost six of seven.