Cavaliers snap 12-game slide

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2002

CLEVELAND -- Wesley Person scored 27 points, Andre Miller had 17 and 12 assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a 12-game losing streak with a surprising 114-81 win Tuesday night over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Cavs hadn't won since Jan. 2, and didn't figure to end their longest losing skid in 20 years against the Timberwolves, one of the NBA's elite teams. But the Cavs made 12 of 13 field-goal attempts while outscoring the Timberwolves 45-4 over a 9:37 stretch bridging the second and third quarters.

Pistons 89, Wizards 86

WASHINGTON -- Clifford Robinson hit a 19-foot jump shot over Popeye Jones with 18.8 seconds remaining as Detroit beat Washington.

Jerry Stackhouse, disappointed he wasn't selected for the All-Star game earlier in the day, had 24 points, six rebounds and six assists, but was 1-for-6 in the final quarter as the Wizards overcame a 12-point deficit.

Lakers 127, Hawks 93

ATLANTA -- Kobe Bryant scored 20 of his 32 points in the first quarter and Los Angeles routed Atlanta.

The defending NBA champions stopped a mini-slump -- they had lost three of four -- with a dominating performance against the league's worst defensive team.

Knicks 78, 76ers 71

NEW YORK -- Charlie Ward did more in one quarter than he had in a long time, scoring 11 of his season-high 14 points in the final 12 minutes to lead the resurgent New York Knicks past Philadelphia.

The Knicks extended their winning streak to a season-high four games and held the 76ers to their lowest point total of the season.

Bucks 109, Celtics 90

MILWAUKEE -- Sam Cassell scored 20 points, and Glenn Robinson and Ray Allen added 19 apiece as the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away in the second half for a 109-90 victory Tuesday night over the Boston Celtics.

Clippers 117, Mavericks 100

DALLAS -- Jeff McInnis scored a season-high 31 points, including three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes, as Los Angeles beat Dallas and ended the Mavericks' seven-game winning streak.

The Clippers led 104-100 with 3:58 left, then scored the final 13 points.

Hornets 78, Spurs 73

SAN ANTONIO -- Reserve Bryce Drew scored 15 points to lead Charlotte over San Antonio.

Elden Campbell added 13 points and P.J. Brown 10 to help Charlotte snap a two-game losing streak.

Rockets 100, Warriors 96, OT

HOUSTON -- Steve Francis had 33 points and 12 rebounds, and Kenny Thomas added 23 points as Houston rallied from 13 points down to beat Golden State.

Thomas scored six points in overtime.

Heat 100, Nuggets 94, OT

DENVER -- Eddie Jones scored 37 points, including a crucial three-point play in overtime, as Miami held off Denver.

Suns 91, Bulls 90

PHOENIX -- Shawn Marion had 24 points and 10 rebounds, including a 20-foot jumper that proved to be the winning basket as Phoenix escaped with a victory over Chicago.

Chicago had a chance for its second road victory of the season, but A.J. Guyton threw up an airball under defensive pressure from 20 feet with less than a second to play.

Trail Blazers 92, SuperSonics 86

SEATTLE -- Dale Davis had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Bonzi Wells scored 19 points to lead Portland over Seattle.

The Blazers won for the 10th time in 12 games and beat the Sonics for the eighth time in nine games, including two straight this season.

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