Injury-plagued Raptors find a way vs. Wizards

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2003

WASHINGTON -- Rafer Alston and Damone Brown -- players just signed from a developmental league -- helped the injury-ravaged Toronto Raptors stun the Washington Wizards 84-75 Tuesday night.

Alston, from the Revelers of the National Basketball Development League had 13 points and 11 assists. Brown, from the NBDL's Lowgators, added 13 points.

Jerome Williams scored 14 points and had a season-high 20 rebounds, and Morris Peterson had 21 points for the Raptors.

Knicks 98, Bulls 86

NEW YORK -- Allan Houston had 26 points, and Kurt Thomas added 24 and 13 rebounds as New York handed Chicago its 17th straight road loss.

Latrell Sprewell added 16 points for the Knicks. Thomas had his third straight double-double and 12th of the season as the Knicks didn't let the Bulls' young post players dominate like they did a night earlier in Chicago's 101-94 victory.

Bucks 97, Hawks 88

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Atlanta Hawks behind 21 points each from Sam Cassell and Ray Allen, allaying coach George Karl's fears -- for at least one night.

Karl's has always said that the one man he feared facing was his longtime assistant, Terry Stotts, Atlanta's interim coach.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim led the Hawks with 23 points. Jason Terry added 22, but the only points he had after halftime came on a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in the third quarter that pulled the Hawks to 79-72.

Heat 88, Pistons 85

MIAMI -- Caron Butler scored 22 points, and Miami survived some last-minute jitters to snap a season-high six-game losing streak.

The Heat won despite missing 6-of-8 free throws in the final 1:05. Detroit's Jon Barry was short with a fallaway 30-footer at the buzzer that would have forced an overtime.

Spurs 108, Suns 100

SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan had eight of his season-high 38 points in overtime, and finished with 16 rebounds and nine assists for San Antonio.

The Spurs also got 15 points from Tony Parker and 11 apiece from David Robinson and Steve Smith while winning for the fifth time in six games.

Stephon Marbury had 29 points, Amare Stoudemire 24 and Shawn Marion 23 for Phoenix, which lost for the first time in three games.

The Spurs never trailed after the third quarter, but Marbury's 3-point basket with 3 seconds left in the fourth forced the overtime with the teams tied at 94. But it was no contest thereafter with Duncan leading San Antonio to a 102-96 lead with 2:03 to play in the extra session.

The Suns missed their first five shots in overtime.

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