Saturday, February 21, 2004

New Jersey wins now coming by the dozen


Jefferson's 20 points help Nets extend streak to 12 games

The Associated Press

TORONTO - Jason Kidd tied a season-high with 15 assists and Richard Jefferson had 20 points to help the New Jersey Nets set a franchise record with their 12th straight victory, 91-72 over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

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New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd (5) drives to the hoop past Toronto Raptors guard Morris Peterson.
(AP photo)
New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank improved to 11-0. Frank set an NBA record for the best start to a coaching career by winning his 10th consecutive game on Wednesday.

Kerry Kittles added 19 points for the Nets, whose previous longest streak came from Dec. 23, 1982, through Jan. 12, 1983.

Donyell Marshall had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost four straight games.

New Jersey forward Kenyon Martin did not start because of a sinus infection, but entered the game with 6:14 left in the first quarter. He finished with six points and two rebounds in 24 minutes.

Magic 102, Nuggets 98

ORLANDO, Fla. - Juwan Howard had 24 points and Drew Gooden added 16 points and 12 rebounds to help Orlando overcome Tracy McGrady's ejection.

McGrady was ejected for twice kicking a basketball into the stands at the end of the first half. He was upset there was no foul call on his buzzer-beating layup.

On a night when he reached 10,000 career points, McGrady finished with 15 points - his fewest since going scoreless on Dec. 19.

Carmelo Anthony had 35 points for Denver.

Cavaliers 89, Spurs 87

CLEVELAND - LeBron James scored 32 points, Zydrunas Ilgauskas made a key putback in the final minute and Cleveland caught Tim Duncan on an off night.

Duncan scored 21 points but the two-time league MVP had an awful shooting night, going just 9-for-28 from the field as San Antonio's winning streak ended at six games.

Pacers 96, Wizards 87

WASHINGTON - Reggie Miller scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Jamaal Tinsley hit two 3-pointers in the final 1:10 to send Indiana to the victory.

The Pacers blew an 18-point lead in the first half and trailed by eight early in the fourth, but Miller scored Indiana's next seven points to start the comeback.

Jazz 92, Knicks 78

NEW YORK - Andrei Kirilenko scored 23 points for Utah, which took a big early lead and was never threatened in the second half.

Stephon Marbury finished with 21 points for New York, which scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to match its first-half output.

Heat 125, Hawks 92

MIAMI - Eddie Jones scored 24 points and Dwyane Wade added 22 for Miami, which built the biggest first-half lead in team history en route to the win. Jones had 20 first-half points as Miami built a 73-42 cushion at the break.

Undermanned Atlanta dressed nine players, then lost swingman Wesley Person after one quarter to a sprained right knee.

GRIZZLIES: Guard Mike Miller will miss five games after being placed on the injured list because of back spasms. The team activated rookie Troy Bell, who has been active for 18 of 53 games after being placed on the injured list twice due to tendinitis in his left knee.

NUGGETS: Denver was awarded center Michael Doleac on a waiver claim, scrapping New York's plans to re-sign him.

Doleac was traded last Sunday from New York to Atlanta, and the Hawks waived him Wednesday. Knicks president Isiah Thomas was ecstatic Thursday when Utah used all its salary cap space in a trade, making the Jazz ineligible to claim Doleac. But the Nuggets claimed his $1.6 million contract. Doleac can opt out and become a free agent this summer.

FINES: Lakers guard Gary Payton and Warriors guard Speedy Claxton were fined by the NBA for fighting. Payton was fined $15,000 and Claxton $7,500 for an altercation midway through the third period of Wednesday's game.

TIMBERWOLVES: Minnesota activated center Michael Olowokandi from the injured list after he missed 35 games because of an injury to his right knee. Olowokandi, who was recovering from knee surgery, averaged 6.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a game in his first 15 games with the Wolves.

SUNS: Forward Antonio McDyess, who has missed 15 games because of tendinitis in his left knee, was activated.

CELTICS: The legal battle over the death of team captain Reggie Lewis ended Friday, 11 years after he collapsed during a pickup game.

The state Appeals Court rejected a bid by Lewis' widow, Donna Harris-Lewis, for a third trial in her suit against Lewis' cardiologist, Dr. Gilbert Mudge.

Attorneys for Harris-Lewis issued a statement saying they were disappointed by the decision, but said the legal fight had shown Lewis was a family man and role model despite what they said were Mudge's false claims of cocaine use by the player.

Lewis collapsed and died while shooting baskets with friends on July 28, 1993. Harris-Lewis alleged in her suit that Mudge failed to diagnose a lethal heart condition.




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