Thursday, December 18, 2003

Cavaliers can't answer Rockets' late-game surge

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Cuttino Mobley and Steve Francis scored 18 points apiece and each made big 3-pointers down the stretch to help the Houston Rockets rally past the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-85 Wednesday night.

Francis made four free throws in the final 16 seconds for the Rockets, who used a late 12-0 spurt to make up a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Maurice Taylor added 14 points as Houston snapped a three-game losing streak.

Cavs rookie LeBron James won the matchup of the NBA's last two No. 1 overall draft picks, outscoring Yao Ming 17-12. Cleveland has lost 12 of 14.

Magic 94, Pacers 90

INDIANAPOLIS - Rod Strickland's jump shot with 14.4 seconds left lifted Orlando.

Al Harrington missed a wide-open jumper from the left wing with seven seconds remaining that would have given Indiana the lead.

Keith Bogans grabbed the loose ball, was fouled and made one free throw. Drew Gooden slipped into the lane to get the rebound of Bogans' missed second free throw and was fouled. He made two free throws with 4.6 seconds left to ice the game.

Tracy McGrady scored 21 points and had 11 assists to lead five Orlando players in double figures.

Jermaine O'Neal had 24 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks for the Pacers.

Warriors 98, Hawks 85

ATLANTA - Mike Dunleavy made five of Golden State's season-high 10 3-pointers, scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Warriors' win.

Jason Richardson added 22 points for the Warriors, who were 10-for-21 on 3-pointers and outscored the Hawks 30-0 from 3-point range. Atlanta was 0-for-5 from behind the arc.

Golden State has won consecutive road wins for the first time this season.

The Hawks have lost five straight and 11 of 13.

Nets 87, Jazz 74

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New Jersey didn't quit on its lame-duck coach. Instead, it gave Byron Scott one of its best defensive efforts of the season.

With speculation about Scott's job security rife following a 47-point loss at Memphis, the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions improved to .500 for the first time since Nov. 11.

Kenyon Martin had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Jason Kidd had 19 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.

76ers 87, Heat 76

PHILADELPHIA - Aaron McKie scored 20 points and Glenn Robinson had 19 in Philadelphia's win.

The Sixers, playing without Allen Iverson, snapped a two-game losing streak. Iverson, averaging 28.9 points, has missed three of the last four games with a swollen right knee, an injury that could keep him sidelined even longer.

Miami's Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and Eddie Jones had 20.

Pistons 77, Bulls 73

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Richard Hamilton scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night to help Detroit end a four-game losing streak.

The win was Larry Brown's 1,300th as a coach - 894 in the NBA, 229 in the ABA and 177 in college.

Chauncey Billups scored 14 for Detroit, and Ben Wallace had 15 rebounds and eight blocks. Jamal Crawford led the Bulls with 22.

MOURNING UPDATE: Less than a month after retiring from the NBA, Alonzo Mourning is scheduled to undergo kidney transplant surgery Friday in New York, The Miami Herald reported.

Mourning retired from the New Jersey Nets on Nov. 24 because of complications from the kidney disease focal glomerulosclerosis.

He has been searching for a matching kidney donor since, receiving offers from potential donors. The Herald, citing two unidentified sources, said it was believed Mourning is receiving a kidney from one of those donors.

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