Sunday, February 22, 2004

NBA: Frank still unbeaten as N.J. coach

The Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Former Cincinnati Bearcats star Kenyon Martin had 23 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and four blocks, and New Jersey Nets tied the longest winning streak in the NBA this season - 13 - with a 97-84 victory Saturday over the New Orleans Hornets.

The victory was the Nets' 12th straight under coach Lawrence Frank, extending his league record for best coaching start and tying the North American mark for the best start in professional sports.

Joe Morgan took over the Boston Red Sox from John McNamara in 1988 and won a dozen. Jim Price won that many after taking over the baseball New York Giants in 1884.

Richard Jefferson added 21 points and Jason Kidd finished with 11 points, nine assists and nine rebounds to just miss out on his 59th career triple-double.

Heat 97, Nuggets 81

MIAMI - Dwyane Wade outplayed fellow rookie Carmelo Anthony, scoring 28 points, and Lamar Odom had 12 of his 21 points in the third quarter as Miami matched a season-best four-game winning streak.

Anthony finished with 16 points, ending a streak of nine straight games with at least 20 points, and shot just 3-for-20 - his worst effort since the third game of the season.

Mavericks 97, Rockets 88

DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and 12 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks recovered from a 16-point first-quarter deficit.

Michael Finley contributed 19 points and Antoine Walker added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who began a stretch of five consecutive home games against Western Conference teams.

Houston opened the game with a 19-3 run and was in front by 14 at the end of the first quarter against a lethargic Dallas defense. But the Mavs began to run, finishing with a 24-4 advantage in fast-break points for their sixth win in eight games.

Jim Jackson's 18 points and Cuttino Mobley's 16 paced the Rockets, who've lost all six meetings against the Mavericks with Yao Ming in the lineup. Yao has won against every other NBA team.

Grizzlies 105, Bulls 98

CHICAGO - Pau Gasol scored 23 points and had nine rebounds and James Posey added 27 points to lead Memphis.

Memphis has won four straight and eight of nine to move 11 games above .500 (33-22) for the first time in franchise history. Lorenzen Wright had 14 points and nine rebounds for Memphis, and Bonzi Wells added 16 points.

Clippers 105, Bucks 103

MILWAUKEE - Elton Brand scored 31 points and blocked four shots to help the Los Angeles Clippers spoil Keith Van Horn's Milwaukee debut.

Michael Redd, an 89 percent free throw shooter, was fouled by Corey Maggette while attempting a desperation 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left and the Bucks trailing 105-102. But Redd missed his first free throw attempt. He made the second, then committed a lane violation while deliberately missing his third shot.

The Clippers snapped a five-game road losing streak and won in Milwaukee for the first time since Feb. 23, 1997. Van Horn led the Bucks with 23 points.

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