Ilgauskas, Cavs edge Yao, Rockets

Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2003

CLEVELAND -- Ricky Davis scored 21 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 20 in a matchup with Houston center Yao Ming, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Rockets 105-102 Wednesday night.

Maurice Taylor scored a season-high 30 points to lead Houston, which nearly overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but lost for the seventh time in 10 games.

Cuttino Mobley scored 24 points for the Rockets.

Celtics 114, SuperSonics 74

BOSTON --Paul Pierce scored 26 points and Boston routed Seattle just five days after the most lopsided loss in Celtics history. The 40-point margin was the Celtics' biggest of the season. Last Friday night, they lost to Detroit 118-66.

Celtics coach Jim O'Brien got the 100th victory of his NBA career as they ended a four-game losing streak and got plenty of backcourt bench help. Tony Delk scored 22 points and Shammond Williams added 15.

Pistons 89, Clippers 80

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Rookie Mehmet Okur had the first double-double of his career with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Detroit was missing All-Star Ben Wallace, who is in Alabama after the death of his mother. Wallace will go straight to Atlanta for Sunday's All-Star game after the funeral Saturday.

Trail Blazers 101, Heat 87

MIAMI -- Scottie Pippen scored a season-high 26 points, one more than his previous best set the night before.

The Heat stayed close for three quarters, but the Trail Blazers pulled away with 28 points in the fourth quarter, while the Heat scored 16.

Rasheed Wallace added 22 points, 18 in the second half.

Nets 111, 76ers 85

PHILADELPHIA -- Kerry Kittles scored a season-high 35 points for the Atlantic Division-leading Nets, who have won six of seven after losing their first three games on a West Coast trip. New Jersey heads into the All-Star break tied with Indiana for the best record in the East, 34-15.

Allen Iverson had 28 points and Keith Van Horn added 16 for the Sixers, who have lost three of four and enter the break 25-24.

Hornets 108, Kings 84

NEW ORLEANS -- Jamal Mashburn scored 26 points and David Wesley added 17 points and nine assists.

Peja Stojakovic scored 20 to lead Sacramento, which appeared tired from playing its third game in four days, including a dramatic victory in Dallas a night earlier. The Kings have lost five of their last seven.

Jazz 105, Grizzlies 84

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone scored 12 of his 31 points in the third quarter as the Jazz erased an 11-point deficit. John Stockton had 11 assists and 10 points for the Jazz, who snapped a two-game losing streak and avoided being the first team to lose to Memphis in two weeks by outscoring the Grizzlies 63-35 in the second half.

The Jazz were playing without injured forward Matt Harpring, their second leading scorer and rebounder.

Memphis, which was without starting point guard Jason Williams and three injured reserves, took its seventh straight loss.

Spurs 103, Warriors 99

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Duncan had 30 points, 12 rebounds and five assists before fouling out with 2:51 left.

Tony Parker added 21 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Stephen Jackson had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs. Jackson made a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to seal the win.

Golden State, which had won its previous three home games, was led by Gilbert Arenas with 28 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter. Jason Richardson added 16 points and six rebounds.

Arenas also had seven rebounds and four assists before fouling out with 1.8 left.

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