Hawks scare off Hornets

Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2003

ATLANTA -- Dion Glover hit a 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds left -- his only one of the game -- and the Atlanta Hawks held on to beat the injury-depleted New Orleans Hornets 87-80 Saturday night.

Jason Terry and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added two free throws apiece in the closing moments for the Hawks, who won their second straight after a six-game losing streak. Abdur-Rahim led Atlanta with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Terry and Mike Wilks added 13 points each.

Hawks' leading scorer Glenn Robinson missed his second straight game with a sore right elbow. Atlanta improved to 3-0 this season without Robinson.

Pacers 116, Warriors 104

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jermaine O'Neal and Ron Artest scored 23 points each as the Indiana Pacers pulled away in the closing moments and improved the league's best home record to 16-1.

Baskets by Antawn Jamison and Jason Richardson brought the Warriors within 108-104 with just over two minutes to go.

But O'Neal scored the next two baskets, then Al Harrington and Reggie Miller each had a pair of free throws for the Pacers. O'Neal, who also had 12 rebounds and five blocked shots, finished the game with a block on the last shot by Richardson.

Bucks 89, Pistons 87

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Ray Allen had 28 points and a key last-second steal to keep the Pistons from attempting a tying or winning shot.

Tim Thomas added 15 points for Milwaukee, while Jason Caffey had 13.

Chauncey Billups led the Pistons with 26, while Jon Barry had 14, all in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as Detroit's four-game winning streak was snapped. The Pistons had a chance to pull within one with a minute left, but Billups missed a layup in traffic. After a Milwaukee miss, Billups was fouled and made one of two free throws to make it 89-87.

The Bucks ran down the shot clock, but Allen missed a runner with 1.9 seconds to play, giving the Pistons one last chance. Allen then stepped in front of a long inbounds pass by Corliss Williamson, clinching the game.

Wizards 89, New York 84

NEW YORK -- Michael Jordan scored 23 points and Charles Oakley and Jerry Stackhouse each hit four free throws in the final 34 seconds as the Wizards got their seventh win in their last eight games.

Stackhouse had 22 points and shut the Knicks down defensively in the final minute.

Allan Houston scored 22 points for New York, but missed a jumper in the final moments, and Oakley's rebound with 4.4 seconds sealed the game. Latrell Sprewell and Howard Eisley each added 13 points.

Rockets 87, Nuggets 85

HOUSTON -- Yao Ming was finished before the first quarter was over. Glen Rice joined him in the locker room early in the third quarter.

With those two players and Maurice Taylor sidelined, the Rockets turned to their newest acquisition to hold off the Houston Rockets.

James Posey scored 18 points with four assists and four rebounds Saturday night in his first game against his former team, helping Houston hold off the Denver Nuggets 87-85.

Yao, the 7-foot-6 center from China, had six points and six rebounds in 11 minutes. He injured his left knee while fighting for position with Nuggets center Nene Hilario with 7:40 remaining in the first quarter.

''He felt a little pain there and did the smart thing,'' Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. ''I didn't get a real concerned look from the trainer.''

Yao, who was called for a foul on the play, stayed in the game for almost seven more minutes before leaving for good. Rockets spokesman Nelson Luis said Yao's injury was not serious, and X-rays were not planned.

Yao, who did not comment after the game, will be re-evaluated Sunday.

Posey had his best offensive game since being acquired from Denver last month, scoring 11 more than his previous high with Houston and hitting a pair of 3-pointers to stave off a late rally.

''I actually felt like I was a part of things,'' Posey said.

Steve Francis scored 25 points and Cuttino Mobley added 16 for the Rockets, who were also without Maurice Taylor (sore Achilles tendon) for the entire game and Rice (strained left shoulder) for most of the second half.

Juwan Howard scored 19 and Junior Harrington 17 as the Nuggets were denied their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Yao helped the Rockets take the lead for good, hitting Mobley with a bounce pass as he cut to the basket for a 13-12 lead.

Early in the second quarter, Tomjanovich announced ''Yao's done'' to his team during a timeout.

Posey helped give the Rockets their first double-digit lead, driving the lane and passing to Mobley for a corner 3-pointer that made it 25-15 early in the second quarter.

Mobley hit a jumper as the 24-second clock expired for a 50-35 lead early in the third, and Francis swished a 3 as the shot clock expired on Houston's next possession to increase the lead to 17.

Houston led 63-50 entering the fourth, but the Nuggets didn't quit.

Hilario scored five points and Howard four in a 9-0 run that cut Houston's lead to 74-69. After a miss by the Rockets, Hilario was called for charging while bringing the ball upcourt, and Posey hit a 3-pointer.

Harrington scored the next four points to cut the deficit to four, but Posey again answered with a 3-pointer -- this one as the shot clock expired -- to make it 80-73.

''I couldn't be happier for the guy,'' Tomjanovich said. ''Couldn't be better timing for a breakout game.''

After averaging 13.9 points for Denver in the first 25 games of the season and reaching 20 points on seven occasions, Posey had not scored more than 7 points in any of his games with the Rockets.

''Offensively, it's going to take some time finding his niche for us,'' Tomjanovich said before the game.

Actually, what it took was a couple of injuries.

Hilario made two foul shots with 14.1 seconds remaining to make it 83-80, but Francis made a pair with 10.9 remaining and Posey made one of two with 6.2 seconds left to help secure the win.

''That's been us all year. We play hard, and at the end of the game we have a chance to win -- but just come up a little short,'' Harrington said.

Notes: Denver's 12 points in the first quarter and 33 in the first half were season-lows for a Rockets opponent. ... Nuggets C Marcus Camby, who has not yet played this season following hip surgery, contradicted himself when asked if he thought he'd be able to play against his former team, the Knicks, in New York on Jan. 22. After first saying ''there's not a sense of urgency to play against those guys,'' Camby went on to say: ''I'm dying to get back and see all the familiar faces and the great fans in New York, and hopefully I'll be able to play.'' ... Houston's final casualty of the night was Mobley's cell phone, which fell into a bucket of ice in the locker room.



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