CLEVELAND Standing alone at the foul line, Dwayne Jones had confidence. More than 15,000 others weren't so certain.
Jones, a backup big man trying to make Cleveland's roster, shook off four straight misses by dropping two free throws in the final second of regulation as the Cavaliers rallied for a 96-90 overtime win against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.
"I've been practicing all summer," said Jones, who played in just four games for the Cavs last season. "It was good to be able to contribute."
LeBron James witnessed quite a comeback.
James scored 17 points all in the first half but he watched from the bench while icing his knees as Cleveland's reserves rallied in the second half to beat the Pistons in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals.
Jones has a chance to make Cleveland's team with free agent Anderson Varejao still unsigned, and he made the most of extended minutes by adding 13 rebounds for the Cavs, who outscored the Pistons 11-5 in OT."We've got enough scorers," Jones said. "We need role players and I'm trying to be one of them."
HAWKS 109, BOBCATS 104: At Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 25 points and Marvin Williams added 21 to lead Atlanta over Charlotte. Al Horford, the Hawks' No. 1 pick and the third overall pick 2007 NBA Draft, scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while playing 31 minutes for Atlanta (3-0). Adam Morrison led the Bobcats (0-2) with 20 points and Matt Carroll had 19.
KNICKS 112, MACCABI TEL AVIV 85: At New York, Jamal Crawford scored 16 points, Zach Randolph added 15, and the New York Knicks beat the Israeii team in a preseason home opener. There was little reaction toward Isiah Thomas during introductions in the first game since a jury found that the coach and Madison Square Garden sexually harassed a former team executive.
SUNS 110, KINGS 00, At Sacramento, Shawn Marion had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Phoenix as the Suns opened the preseason with a convincing victory over Sacramento. With Grant Hill getting 17 points and eight rebounds, the Suns were off and running from the start, outscoring the Kings 29-18 in the first quarter and led the rest of the way.
REAL MADRID 104, RAPTORS 103: At Madrid, Spain, Louis Bullock scored a game-high 27 points to help Real Madrid rally over Toronto. Bullock, the former Michigan player, hit four free throws in the final nine seconds. Charles Smith, a former player with the Miami Heat and L.A. Clippers, hit some big shots down the stretch and finished with 18 points. Andrea Bargnani, who led Toronto with 23 points, hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds to play to cut it to one, but Sergio Llull had a steal and made the subsequent free throws for the Spanish champions.The Raptors wrapped up their European tour with a 1-2 record.
ROCKETS 107, PANATHINAIKOS 70: At Houston, Yao Ming scored 21 points and had eight rebounds to help Houston beat Euroleague champion Panathinaikos of Greece in an exhibition game. The Rockets played without Tracy McGrady, who had a sore left knee. Rookie Luis Scola scored 17 points while Rafer Alston added 14. Steve Francis, who returned to the team in a draft-day trade from the Knicks, played 21 minutes off the bench and scored 11 points.
WARRIORS and LAKERS played a late game in Honolulu.