Wizards rip up Kings, take fifth straight win

Posted: Friday, February 08, 2002

WASHINGTON -- Richard Hamilton scored 33 points, and Michael Jordan had 25 as the Washington Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings 108-101 Thursday night.

The Wizards pulled away with a 24-7 run at the end of the third quarter to move five games above .500. They have won five straight and seven of eight, and their 26-21 record is a 14-win improvement from 12-35 after 47 games a year ago.

The Kings, with the best record in the NBA, came out flat at the end of a four-game road trip.

76ers 100, Hornets 93

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Allen Iverson scored 36 points, including two late driving baskets, to lead Philadelphia past Charlotte.

Matt Harpring added 16 points to help the Sixers improve to 25-24 and end a two-game losing streak.

Baron Davis led the Hornets with 23 points, and Lee Nailon had 18.

Pistons 105, Clippers 92

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Reserves Damon Jones and Corliss Williamson each scored 15 points as Detroit beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth time in nine games at the Palace.

The Pistons' reserves outscored the Clippers' subs 49-24 and keyed Detroit's decisive fourth-quarter surge.

Jerry Stackhouse added 17 points for the Pistons.

Elton Brand scored 25 points and Jeff McInnis added 23 for the Clippers.

Bucks 107, Grizzlies 103

MILWAUKEE -- Sam Cassell had 29 points and 10 assists just hours after signing a contract extension, and Milwaukee snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over Memphis.

Cassell, who signed a three-year, $17 million extension, made a free throw with 2.8 seconds left that iced the victory for the Bucks, who had lost five of six.

Ray Allen also scored 29 points for Milwaukee.

Pau Gasol led the Grizzlies with 30 points, and Brevin Knight added 24.

Knicks 92, Hawks 89

NEW YORK -- Allan Houston scored 32 points, including a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining, to lead the New York past Atlanta.

Playing on an ankle he injured while missing a last-second shot in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Houston made the open jumper, then skipped and jumped back to the Knicks' bench after Atlanta called a timeout.

Hanno Mottola missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Atlanta, which had its two-game winning streak halted.

Latrell Sprewell had 12 points and Mark Jackson 11 for the Knicks, who shot 52.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 29 points, 21 in the second half, for Atlanta. Jason Terry added 25.

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