Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Pistons fall, but Wallace makes history


Fourth-straight year of at least 1,000 rebounds, 100 steals and 100 blocks

The Associated Press

TORONTO - Donyell Marshall had 27 points and 16 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors ended Detroit's eight-game winning streak with an 87-78 victory Tuesday night.

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Detroit's Ben Wallace became the first player in league history to have four consecutive seasons of at least 1,000 rebounds, 100 steals and 100 blocks.
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Detroit's Ben Wallace became the first player in league history to have four consecutive seasons of at least 1,000 rebounds, 100 steals and 100 blocks. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and former Cincinnati Royal Sam Lacey all did it three times.

Wallace needed one rebound in Detroit's season finale to do it. He finished with seven rebounds and 15 points.

At 54-28, Detroit finished third in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons won't know who they will face in the playoffs until tonight.

Vince Carter added 19 points for the lottery-bound Raptors, who end their season at Milwaukee tonight. The Raptors discontinued their tradition of having a front office person speak to the crowd on the final night of the season. The Raptors fired general manager Glen Grunwald on April 1.

Earlier Tuesday, Toronto coach Kevin O'Neill acknowledged he has thought about what he'll do if he's fired.

"If I end up getting fired I might just go ahead and watch my son play baseball for a year and do some broadcasting and just chill out a little bit," said O'Neill.

Mavericks 110, Grizzlies 103

DALLAS - Rookie Marquis Daniels continued his recent roll with 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, helping the Mavericks secure the fifth seed for the playoffs.

The Mavs finished 36-5 at home, tops in the league and the best in the franchise's 24-year history. However, by going 15-25 on the road, Dallas can't host a playoff series - a first for the league's best home team since Utah in 1990-91.

Clippers 98, Suns 96

PHOENIX - Chris Wilcox's rebound basket at the buzzer snapped the Los Angeles Clippers' 13-game losing streak in a 98-96 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

Wilcox, who scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench, put the Clippers up 96-93 on a tip-in with 16.2 seconds to play.

Shawn Marion sank his fourth 3-pointer of the fourth quarter with 16.2 seconds left to tie it at 96-96. Quentin Richardson drove the lane but missed, and Wilcox kept the ball alive with several tips inside before getting one to fall.

Referee Blane Reichelt reviewed the play on videotape before signaling the shot good.

Elton Brand had 30 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, which blew a 15-point second-half lead before pulling it out.

Marion scored 14 of his 24 in the fourth quarter. Amare Stoudemire, in a fierce power-forward battle with Brand, had 29 points and 14 rebounds. Leandro Barbosa scored 17, including 14 in the second half.

The loss dropped the Suns into a tie with the Clippers for last in the Western Conference with each team having one game to play.

Lakers 109, Warriors 104

LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant bounced back from one of the least productive games of his career to score a season-high 45 points.

The victory was just the second in five games following an 11-game winning streak for the Lakers (55-26) and lifted them into a tie for the Pacific Division lead with Sacramento.

Since the Kings hold the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the season series 3-1, the Lakers can win the division title only if they win at Portland and the Kings lose at Golden State in the regular-season finales Wednesday night.

Bryant shot 14-of-29 and made 17 of 18 free throws in surpassing his previous season-high by one. He scored seven points in the last 20 seconds, and also had seven rebounds and eight assists.




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Hafner enjoys Thome-like start
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