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Wizards' Dixon baffles Hawks

Posted: Monday, January 03, 2005

 

  Washington Wizards' Jarvis Hayes, right, is fouled by Atlanta Hawks' Tyronn Lue, unseen, as Hawks' Josh Smith (5) defends during the second quarter, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) NICK WASS

Washington Wizards' Jarvis Hayes, right, is fouled by Atlanta Hawks' Tyronn Lue, unseen, as Hawks' Josh Smith (5) defends during the second quarter, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

NICK WASS

WASHINGTON — Reserve guard Juan Dixon scored all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter Sunday to help the Washington Wizards to a 104-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Larry Hughes led the Wizards with 26 points while Antawn Jamison added 19 and Gilbert Arenas 17 for Washington, which had lost its previous two games.

Antoine Walker, who finished with 18 points, hit a 3-pointer to pull the Hawks to 102-101 with 3.1 seconds left. Jamison's two free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining sealed the victory.

The Hawks (5-24) have lost four straight and have the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Clippers 89, 76ers 83

LOS ANGELES — Elton Brand had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Clipppers and Corey Maggette added 26.

Allen Iverson scored 35 points while playing at least 40 minutes for the 10th straight game. He shot 16-for-30, while the 76ers' other starters were a combined 4-for-20 from the field.

Chris Kaman had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who had lost eight of their last 10 games and five of six against Philadelphia.

None of the Clippers' reserves made a field goal, but it hardly mattered after they built a 69-45 lead with 2:49 left in the third quarter.

Pistons 100, Celtics 88

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Rasheed Wallace had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead Detroit, which won for the fourth time in five games.

Six Pistons scored in double figures, including Tayshaun Prince, who had 18 points. Ben Wallace had eight points and 11 rebounds.

Rookie Tony Allen led Boston with a career-best 18 points. Jiri Welsch added 14 points and Paul Pierce had 13.

The Celtics have won just one of their last five games.

Suns 117, Trail Blazers 98

PHOENIX — Amare Stoudemire scored a career-high 50 points, including nine straight during a decisive 12-2 Phoenix run early in the fourth quarter.

Stoudemire, who had 20 points in the final period, shot 20-of-27 from the field and 10-of-17 from the foul line in amassing the highest point total by a Phoenix player since Tony Delk scored 53 against Sacramento in a 121-117 overtime loss Feb. 2, 2001. Stoudemire's previous high was 38, against Minnesota in the 2002-2003 season and against New Orleans this season.

In Suns' history, only Tom Chambers, with 60 and 56, and Delk have scored more than Stoudemire, while Cliff Robinson also had 50.

Quentin Richardson scored 20 points for Phoenix, while Darius Miles led Portland with 25 points.

Mavericks 123, Bucks 104

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki scored 39 points and Josh Howard scored 11 of his 25 in the fourth quarter to help Dallas pull away from Milwaukee.

Nowitzki, who scored 21 points in the first half, hit 14 of 25 shots from the floor for his 11th 30-point game of the season. The Mavericks shot 53 percent from the floor and equaled their season-high point total.

Despite its stellar shooting, Dallas didn't pull away until the fourth quarter. The Mavericks led by 22 points early in the third quarter, but the Bucks sliced the lead to 88-80 after three.

Milwaukee trailed 97-88 before Dallas took control with a 9-2 run, which was capped by Howard's three-point play that put the Mavericks ahead 106-90 with five minutes left.

Kings 86, Spurs 81

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Peja Stojakovic had 28 points, including six 3-pointers, and Mike Bibby scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half for the Kings.

Chris Webber added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Sacramento, which snapped the Spurs' five-game winning streak. The Kings also avoided their first three-game home losing streak since April 2000 with a gritty fourth-quarter performance.

Manu Ginobili scored 18 points for the Spurs, but Tim Duncan got just six of his 14 points in the second half as the Spurs lost in Sacramento for just the second time in their last five trips.

Rockets 99, Jazz 80

HOUSTON — Tracy McGrady scored 25 points to help Houston win its third straight game.

Bob Sura tied season-highs with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who won for the 10th time in their last 14 games.

Gordon Giricek had 15 points to lead the Jazz, who lost their fifth straight.

Early in the third quarter, Houston went on an 23-4 run that included four three-point plays, two by Yao Ming and one each by Sura and Juwan Howard.

Lakers 99, Nuggets 91

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored the Lakers' first 14 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 42 to carry Los Angeles.

Former Lakers star Michael Cooper lost for the first time as an NBA coach. He was promoted to head coach in Denver last Tuesday after the firing of Jeff Bzdelik and won in his debut Friday night against Philadelphia.

Bryant recorded his third consecutive 40-point game for the Lakers, who won back-to-back games for the sixth time this season.

Carmelo Anthony led Denver with 27 points in his second game back since missing six with a sprained ankle. Kenyon Martin returned to the Denver lineup after missing Friday's game with a sore back and finished with 11 points in 28 minutes.

Lakers 99, Nuggets 91

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored the Lakers' first 14 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 42 to carry Los Angeles.

Former Lakers star Michael Cooper lost for the first time as an NBA coach. He was promoted to head coach in Denver last Tuesday after the firing of Jeff Bzdelik and won in his debut Friday night against Philadelphia.

Bryant recorded his third consecutive 40-point game for the Lakers, who won back-to-back games for the sixth time this season.

Carmelo Anthony led Denver with 27 points in his second game back since missing six with a sprained ankle. Kenyon Martin returned to the Denver lineup after missing Friday's game with a sore back and finished with 11 points in 28 minutes.



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