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Anthony's clutch play makes Mavericks lose track of Nuggets

Posted: Sunday, February 01, 2004

DALLAS Carmelo Anthony hit a go-ahead jumper with 2:22 left, then added four straight free throws in the closing seconds to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-102 Saturday after trailing by 20 points in the third quarter.

The Nuggets sealed the win by hitting 10 straight free throws in the final 29 seconds after Mavericks coach Don Nelson was called for a technical foul.

Anthony led the Nuggets with 26 points. Andre Miller scored 21 of his 25 after halftime.

Nets 88, Rockets 77

HOUSTON Kenyon Martin scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half and New Jersey overcame a slow start to rally past Houston, giving Lawrence Frank a 3-0 record as interim coach.

Frank is unbeaten since replacing Byron Scott on Jan. 26, and the Nets have won four in a row. New Jersey took the lead for good at 72-71 on a pair of free throws by Martin with 7:20 to play.

Jason Kidd finished with 21 points for the Nets, and Richard Jefferson had 17.

Knicks 110, Suns 105

NEW YORK Stephon Marbury scored 33 of his 35 points in the first three quarters against his former team, and some untimely missed free throws by Phoenix helped New York defeat the Suns.

Keith Van Horn added 30 points for the Knicks, who led throughout the fourth quarter but couldn't put the pesky Suns away.

Joe Johnson scored a career-high 31 points for Phoenix.

Hawks 93, Bucks 83

ATLANTA Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 21 points, Jason Terry added 19 and Atlanta held off Milwaukee.

The Hawks were up 72-53 late in the third period. That's when the Bucks went on a 15-0 run as Atlanta went scoreless for 5:50, with Desmond Mason scoring five points to pull to 72-68 with 7:58 left.

But Boris Diaw's basket broke the dry spell and the Bucks never got closer than four the rest of the way.

Stephen Jackson added 15 points for the Hawks, and Theo Ratliff had 12.

Clippers 115, Magic 106

ORLANDO, Fla. Marko Jaric scored 23 points, and Quentin Richardson and Elton Brand added 21 apiece to lead Los Angeles Clippers past Orlando.

Magic star Tracy McGrady missed the game to attend his aunt's funeral. He is expected back in time for Tuesday's game at Minnesota.

Gordon Giricek, starting in McGrady's place, led Orlando with 20 points. Juwan Howard added 19 points and five rebounds, and Keith Bogans had 17 points and eight boards.

Pistons 80, Grizzlies 78

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Chauncey Billups hit two free throws with 0.4 seconds left to give Detroit a victory over Memphis.

The Pistons led by 11 with three minutes to play, but Memphis' Pau Gasol scored seven points in an 11-0 run, finishing it with a three-point play that tied the game at 78 with 53 seconds to go.

Richard Hamilton led the Pistons with 20 points, and Ben Wallace pulled down 13 rebounds. Detroit has won three straight overall and six in a row against Memphis.

Pacers 99, Celtics 98

INDIANAPOLIS Ron Artest had 23 points, five steals and a late stop on Paul Pierce to lift Indiana over Boston.

Al Harrington had 27 points and eight rebounds for the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers, who played without leading scorer Jermaine O'Neal for much of the game. He left in the second quarter with a neck strain.

Heat 94, Hornets 70

NEW ORLEANS Eddie Jones scored 24 points and Miami routed New Orleans.

The Heat finished the game with a 22-4 run and held the Hornets to their lowest point total of the season. Udonis Haslem scored 20 points for Miami, Lamar Odom added 12, Caron Butler 11 and Dwyane Wade 10.

Spurs 85, Jazz 81

SAN ANTONIO Tim Duncan had 33 points and 14 rebounds to help San Antonio beat Utah for the 15th consecutive time.

Tony Parker added 20 points for the Spurs, 10 in the fourth quarter, and Hedo Turkoglu scored 13. Manu Ginobili went 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final 21 seconds.

San Antonio has not lost to Utah since Feb. 6, 2000.

Kings 110, SuperSonics 103

SEATTLE Peja Stojakovic scored 29 points, hitting two key free throws with 11.7 seconds to play, and Brad Miller added 28 points and 17 rebounds as Sacramento beat Seattle.

Stojakovic, the NBA's top free throw shooter at 92 percent, made both shots for a 106-103 lead. The Sonics inbounded to Ray Allen, who missed a 3-point try from the left corner.

The ball rebounded to Miller, who added another pair of free throws with 7.8 seconds on the clock to seal the win, which wrapped up a 4-2 road trip for the Kings.

Trail Blazers 102, Bulls 95, OT

PORTLAND, Ore. Rasheed Wallace had 29 points, including a 3-pointer and an alley-oop slam in overtime, to lead Portland over Chicago.

Eddy Curry scored 27 points for the Bulls, who have lost 10 of 11 including eight straight on the road.

Portland won its fourth straight game, coming back from a 15-point deficit to prevail despite trailing the entire second and third quarters.



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