Saturday, February 7, 2004

NBA: Balanced effort gives Pacers 4th win in last 5


Arenas, Stackhouse lead Wizards to victory over Clips

The Associated Press

TORONTO - Ron Artest scored 27 points, Jermaine O'Neal added 20 and Al Harrington 19 as the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 83-77 Friday night.

Jamaal Tinsley scored five of Indiana's last seven points after Toronto closed within two. O'Neal, who vowed to have a better game after going 6-for-20 from the field in a loss to New York Tuesday, added 14 rebounds as the Pacers won for the fourth time in five games.

Donyell Marshall had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors.

Layups by Marshall and Vince Carter cut Indiana's lead to two with 2:43 left, but Tinsley's 3-pointer gave Indiana a 79-74 lead with 2:23 left. The Raptors missed their next three shots before Tinsley made two free throws to make it a seven-point lead with :23 left.

Marshall followed with a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left, but Tinsley grabbed an offensive rebounded after Reggie Miller, an 88 percent foul shooter, missed two free throws.

Miller went to the line again and made both, giving Indiana a six-point lead with six seconds left.

Wizards 112, Clippers 100

WASHINGTON - Gilbert Arenas scored 25 points, Jerry Stackhouse added 23 and the Washington Wizards scored 25 of the game's first 28 points to end the Los Angeles Clippers' three-game road winning streak.

Kwame Brown added 22 points and Larry Hughes had 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Hawks 100, Celtics 96

BOSTON - The Atlanta Hawks won consecutive games for the first time this season, getting 23 points from Shareef Abdur-Rahim and 22 from Stephen Jackson in a victory over Boston.

It was the Celtics' sixth straight loss and their fifth in a row under interim head coach John Carroll, who took over Jan. 27 when Jim O'Brien resigned.

The Hawks held a 15-point lead at halftime but watched it disappear in the fourth quarter as Mike James drained a 3-pointer for a 79-79 tie. Following a basket by Dion Glover, Walter McCarty hit a 3-pointer to give the Celtics an 82-81 lead - their first lead since the 3:44 mark of the second quarter.

Hornets 92, Pistons 81

NEW ORLEANS - Jamal Mashburn scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to help the New Orleans Hornets snap a four-game losing streak with a victory over Detroit.

After going 4-of-17 from the floor through three quarters, Mashburn hit a 3-pointer to snap a 10-0 Detroit run. He made two more shots and five free throws as New Orleans handed the Pistons their second straight loss. Baron Davis returned after a three-game absence (sore left ankle) and had 13 points and seven assists.

Timberwolves 103, Cavs 92

MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Garnett had 35 points and 12 rebounds, including a huge fourth quarter.

Latrell Sprewell added 24 points, seven assists and a hand in LeBron James' face most of the night for Minnesota, which won its 14th straight at home and is an NBA-best 26-6 since Dec. 1.

Jeff McInnis scored 21 points and James added 14 for the Cavaliers, who dropped to 5-3 since acquiring McInnis in a trade with Portland.

Fred Hoiberg had eight of his 10 points in final eight minutes for the Timberwolves. He and Sprewell hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put Minnesota up 97-88 with less than four minutes remaining.

Nets 120, Magic 99

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Kidd had 18 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and a 3-pointer that cracked the 100-point mark at the end of third quarter. The victory was the Nets' seventh straight, and their sixth in a row since Lawrence Frank replaced Byron Scott less than two weeks ago for the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions.

The six wins to start a coaching career are three shy of the NBA record shared by Kurt Rambis in 1998-99 with the Lakers and Buddy Jeannette with the Baltimore Bullets in 1947.

The Nets' 120 points, 59.8 shooting percentage and 64 points in the paint were all seasons highs.

Grizzlies 105, Bucks 85

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Pau Gasol, booed in his last home game, scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Grizzlies tied a franchise record for victories.

The win was the Grizzlies' third straight and matched their 28 victories from last season - the most in franchise history. The Bucks lost their third straight overall and sixth consecutive road game.

Rockets 82, Bulls 80

HOUSTON - Jim Jackson sank a 22-foot jumper at the buzzer to give Houston the victory over Chicago. Yao Ming led Houston with 22 points, followed by Jackson with 14, Cuttino Mobley with 13 and Steve Francis with 11.

MAGIC: Tracy McGrady missed his second straight game night because of spasms in his upper back.




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