Wednesday, February 25, 2004

NBA: Nets' win streak hits 14 games

The Associated Press

Toronto Raptors' Milt Palacio attempts to split the defense of New Jersey Nets' Kenyon Martin, rear, and Aaron Williams.
(AP photo)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The New Jersey Nets won their 14th straight game Tuesday night - the longest streak in the NBA this season - by holding off the injury-plagued Toronto Raptors 86-74 behind Kenyon Martin's 25 points and 15 rebounds.

The victory was the 13th straight for coach Lawrence Frank, the best start to a coaching career in a major sport in North America.

Only four of the Nets' wins in their franchise-record streak have come against teams with winning records. Toronto played without Jalen Rose, Vince Carter and Alvin Williams in losing its season-high sixth straight game.

Roger Mason Jr. led the Raptors with a career-high 18 points in his first NBA start.

Timberwolves 108, Bucks 102

MILWAUKEE - Sam Cassell, traded by Milwaukee last summer, scored 29 points and sank six free throws in the final 19 seconds to seal Minnesota's 10th straight victory over the Bucks.

Kevin Garnett had his NBA-leading 51st double-double with 16 points and 18 rebounds. He tied his own club record with his 19th consecutive double-double.

Bucks rookie point guard T.J. Ford was taken off on a stretcher for X-rays on his neck after falling hard during the fourth quarter.

Jazz 99, Super Sonics 86

SALT LAKE CITY - Raja Bell scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and Andrei Kirilenko had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead Utah.

Carlos Arroyo also scored 23 points and had nine rebounds and five assists for the Jazz, who ended a four-game home losing streak.

Ray Allen scored 26 points for Seattle, which was outscored 26-10 in the final quarter and lost for the seventh straight time at Utah.

Spurs 86, Rockets 77

SAN ANTONIO - Tim Duncan scored 27 points, Manu Ginobili added 21 and San Antonio won for the eighth time in its last nine games.

The Spurs went on an 18-3 run, capped by a long alley-oop pass from Duncan to Ginobili, to build a 78-64 lead with 5:18 left in the game. It was San Antonio's first home game this month.

Yao Ming led Houston with 20 points.

Pacers 107, Warriors 96

INDIANAPOLIS - Jermaine O'Neal scored a season-high 34 points, and Jamaal Tinsley added 13 points and 11 assists to lead Indiana.

Jonathan Bender helped fill the void left by injured Ron Artest, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

Erick Dampier led Golden State with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Trail Blazers 94, Magic 91, OT

ORLANDO, Fla. - Zach Randolph had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Derek Anderson scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime for Portland. The Blazers won their season-best fifth straight game to move above .500 (29-28) for the first time since Dec. 29.

Tracy McGrady led the Magic with 31 points despite 11-for-32 shooting from the field.

Hawks 86, 76ers 75

ATLANTA - Stephen Jackson scored 24 points, Chris Crawford added 19 and Atlanta ended a three-game losing streak.

The 76ers, losers of three straight and four of five, were without leading scorer Allen Iverson, who remained in Philadelphia because of an injured right shoulder.

Mavericks 116, Clippers 91

DALLAS - Antoine Walker scored 21 points, Michael Finley added 20 and Dallas beat the Clippers for the first time in three matchups this season. Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks.

Corey Maggette's 21 points paced the Clippers.

TRANSACTIONS: Jerry Stackhouse was fined $5,000 by the NBA for throwing a ball into the stands during Washington's 113-85 loss to Milwaukee Sunday. He tossed the ball in frustration over a foul call.

• Phoenix put forward Keon Clark on the injured list. Clark, acquired from Utah Feb. 19, has missed most of the season after having ankle surgery.

• Toronto signed guard Jannero Pargo for the remainder of the season, and placed forward Lonny Baxter on the injured list with right knee tendinitis. Toronto also waived center Eric Montross.

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