Monday, March 15, 2004

Minus injured Duncan, Spurs stall against Kings

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The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Mike Bibby scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, and the Kings got nasty to defeat the San Antonio Spurs in Sacramento for the first time in more than two years, 101-87 Sunday.

Brad Miller had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings, who had a 23-7 run early in the fourth quarter. Sacramento abandoned its finesse game to bully and outwork the Spurs, who were without the injured Tim Duncan.

Chris Webber had 23 points and eight rebounds, and Doug Christie made several impressive defensive plays in the fourth quarter as Sacramento roared ahead for its fourth victory in its last five games.

Manu Ginobili scored 16 points and Rasho Nesterovic had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Spurs, who had won three straight in Sacramento. San Antonio was one of just five opponents to win at Arco Arena this season, beating the Kings last month on the strength of Duncan's 28 points and 14 rebounds.

Duncan, the two-time MVP and the Spurs' leading scorer and rebounder, sat out for the eighth time in nine games because of a knee injury. Duncan returned Wednesday after missing six games but hasn't felt strong enough to get back to regular action.

Heat 104, Nets 95

MIAMI - Lamar Odom's three field goals all came in the final five minutes to help Miami end New Jersey's 15-game winning streak against Eastern Conference teams. Eddie Jones led the Heat with 23 points, including nine in the fourth quarter.

Miami's Rafer Alston extended his streak of 3-pointers to 33 consecutive games, tying the franchise record set by Tim Hardaway.

Richard Jefferson scored 25 points for the Nets.

Trail Blazers 92, Timberwolves 83

MINNEAPOLIS - Zach Randolph had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Derek Anderson scored 21 points as Portland won its third straight game.

Kevin Garnett had 20 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Timberwolves, who have lost five of their last eight games. Sam Cassell had 20 points and eight assists for Minnesota.

Knicks 103, Bucks 100

MILWAUKEE - Tim Thomas scored 20 points against his former team, and Stephon Marbury added 21 points and 16 assists for New York, which rallied from a 26-point third-quarter deficit.

After Tim Thomas tied it at 93 on a lob from Kurt Thomas, Marbury's 3-pointer with 2:01 left gave the Knicks their first lead and started a 9-0 run. Tim Thomas scored the game's final two points on free throws with 13 seconds left, and Milwaukee's final try, Toni Kukoc's 3-point attempt, came up short.

Raptors 101, Hawks 84

TORONTO - Jalen Rose scored 23 points in his first game in more than a month for Toronto. Rose, who missed 16 games after breaking four bones in his left hand, had not played since undergoing surgery Feb. 10.

Rose scored 13 straight points to give Toronto an 84-70 lead.

Vince Carter had 32 points for the Raptors, who won for just the third time in their last 16 games.

Jason Collier had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta.

Pistons 85, 76ers 69

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Detroit held Philadelphia scoreless for the final two minutes to extend their NBA record for holding opponents to fewer than 70 points to five straight games.

Lindsey Hunter's steal on Philadelphia's last possession ensured the 76ers would not reach 70.

Philadelphia was hampered without leading scorer Allen Iverson, who missed a fourth straight game because of a swollen right knee. He averages 27 points a game, second in the league.

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