Monday, March 17, 2003

Cleveland's Davis tries to give himself triple-double

By The Associated Press

Ricky Davis needed one rebound for a triple-double, and he wanted to do something bold and absurd to get it.

After Utah's Scott Padgett scored with 6 seconds left, Davis took an inbounds pass and was ready to attempt a shot at the wrong basket to get his 10th rebound.

DeShawn Stevenson wrapped his arms around Davis before the attempt and was whistled for a foul. Davis made two free throws to complete the scoring as Cleveland beat visiting Utah 122-95 Sunday.

"Let him try to get it when the game means something. I was proud of DeShawn and I would have knocked him down harder. They can put me in jail for saying that, but that's the way it is," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said.

Davis had 28 points, a career-high 12 assists and nine rebounds as Cleveland snapped a seven-game losing streak. Jumaine Jones scored 23 points and Milt Palacio added a career-high 20 for the Cavaliers, who won for the second time in 15 games.

Elsewhere, Houston downed Phoenix 85-75, Philadelphia defeated New Jersey 92-87, Dallas topped Sacramento 129-123 in overtime, Minnesota beat Portland 111-95, Memphis crushed Atlanta 124-92, San Antonio defeated Chicago 108-97, New York beat Milwaukee 120-111, Seattle topped Denver 92-84, and the Los Angeles Clippers edged Toronto 111-110.

Mark Jackson of the Jazz overtook Magic Johnson for second place on the NBA's career assists list. Jackson set up a 22-foot baseline jumper by Calbert Cheaney with 8:35 remaining for his 10,142nd assist and fifth of the game.

But the statistic that this game will be remembered for was Davis' nonexistent 10th rebound.

Davis said his teammates yelled out that he needed one more rebound for his first career triple-double.

"I have nothing against Ricky," Stevenson said. "But for someone to go out there and do that is not right. I'm not going to let that happen."

"They should be mad," Davis said. "Any team that gets beat that bad shouldn't be happy. But I wouldn't do it again. I just wouldn't. I'd probably be mad, too, losing by 20."

Jumaine Jones scored 23 points and Milt Palacio added a career-high 20 for the Cavaliers, who won for the second time in 15 games.

Rockets 85, Suns 75

At Houston, Yao Ming scored 20 points as the Rockets took the season series 3-1 and earned the tiebreaker between the two teams jockeying for eighth place in the West.

The Rockets improved their longest winning streak since the 1999-00 season to five games. Houston rode a near-perfect second quarter to a 55-27 halftime lead, then held off a rally.

Hardaway cut the Rockets' lead to 70-64 before Yao took control, scoring three of Houston's next four baskets.

76ers 92, Nets 87

At East Rutherford, N.J., Allen Iverson hit a go-ahead layup with just over a minute remaining, and Philadelphia moved within a half-game of first place in the Atlantic Division.

Iverson finished with 31 points and the 76ers held the Nets without a basket for the final 8:56 in winning for the 14th time in 16 games since the All-Star break.

Eric Snow added 21 points, including three free throws in the final 15 seconds, in helping Philadelphia rally from a 13-point second-half deficit.

Mavericks 129, Kings 123, OT

At Sacramento, Calif., Steve Nash hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left in regulation, then scored 12 points in overtime to help the Mavericks avoid being swept in the season series.

Nash finished with 27 points and 10 assists as the Mavericks got their league-high 50th victory. Dirk Nowitzki had 34 points and 18 rebounds, and Michael Finley scored 21 points.

Timberwolves 111, Trail Blazers 95

At Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett had his fifth triple-double of the season - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists - and Wally Szczerbiak scored 20 points.

Minnesota gained ground on the Blazers for the fourth playoff spot in the Western Conference and home-court advantage.

Grizzlies 124, Hawks 92

At Memphis, Tenn., Pau Gasol and Shane Battier scored 22 points each as Grizzlies set franchise records with their sixth straight win and their 24th victory of the season.

Spurs 108, Bulls 97

At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 25 points, Tim Duncan added 22 before leaving with a sprained ankle and San Antonio won its sixth in a row.

Knicks 120, Bucks 111

At New York, Allan Houston scored 50 points as the Knicks moved a game closer to one of the teams they are chasing for the eighth playoff spot in the East.

SuperSonics 92, Nuggets 84

At Denver, Rashard Lewis scored 24 points and Ray Allen 20, and Seattle used an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter to hold off the Nuggets.

Clippers 111, Raptors 110

At Los Angeles, Lamar Odom scored 26 points, including a 17-footer with 2.3 seconds remaining, and Vince Carter missed a 20-footer just before the final buzzer.

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