Nets stay red hot

Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Richard Jefferson had 27 points and 10 rebounds and the Nets posted their ninth straight win eighth in a row under new coach Lawrence Frank, rallying to beat the Detroit Pistons 89-78 on Tuesday night.

Jason Kidd added 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in a gritty 43-minute performance as New Jersey overcame a 13-point first-quarter deficit and improved to 8-0 under Frank. The 33-year-old replaced Byron Scott more than two weeks ago as the coach of the two-time defending Eastern Conference champs.

Lakers 98, Heat 83

MIAMI Shaquille O'Neal had 25 points and Derek Fisher came off the bench to score eight of his season-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, helping Los Angeles post consecutive wins for the first time since mid-January.

O'Neal scored 19 of his points in the second half on 9-for-12 shooting, and the Lakers overcame an early 14-point deficit.

Timberwolves 96, Clippers 84

MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett was one rebound short of a double-double in the first quarter and finished with 31 points and 16 rebounds, leading the Minnesota over the Clippers.

Garnett set the tone for this one with 14 points in the opening period, and the Timberwolves built a lead as big as 17 in the first half.

Kings 124, Bucks 117

MILWAUKEE Peja Stojakovic scored 31 points and sank all four of his free throws in the final 20 seconds to help Sacramento hold off Milwaukee.

The Bucks took a 115-114 lead on Michael Redd's layup with a 1:02 left, but Vlade Divac's wide-open 15-foot jumper gave the Kings the lead for good 20 seconds later and sparked a game-ending 10-2 run.

Mavericks 105, Knicks 90

DALLAS Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Michael Finley added 25 points and 10 rebounds for the surging Mavericks, who stopped New York's season-high five-game winning streak.

Rookie Josh Howard had 17 points, eight rebounds and four steals for the Dallas, which won for the 13th time 16 games.

Pacers 103, Bulls 84

CHICAGO Ron Artest scored 26 points to warm up for his first All-Star game appearance and Indiana rolled to their league-high 39th win.

Artest, traded from Chicago two years ago, hit 10 of 16 shots from the field and scored 18 of his points in the first half. Jermaine O'Neal added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana, which does not play again before this weekend's All-Star game.

Jazz 86, Trail Blazers 81

PORTLAND, Ore. Carlos Arroyo scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Utah held off Portland in the Trail Blazers' first game since trading forward Rasheed Wallace.

Andrei Kirilenko added 20 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz, who won their second straight after a four-game losing streak.

Warriors 106, SuperSonics 97

SEATTLE Jason Richardson had 22 points and Brian Cardinal added 20, and Golden State rebounded from tying an NBA record for futility two days ago with a win over Seattle.

The Warriors, who tied the record for fewest points in a quarter by scoring only two points in the fourth period of a loss to Toronto on Sunday, won for just the sixth time in 26 road games.

Raptors 101, Suns 94

PHOENIX Vince Carter scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half and Morris Peterson matched his career high with seven 3-pointers to lead Toronto.

Carter, 2-for-10 shooting in the first half, made 10 of 15 in the second as the Raptors improved to 2-0 on their trip West with one stop left Thursday in Seattle.

Peterson was 7-for-11 from 3-point range for a season-high 27 points. Donyell Marshall added 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points and Joe Johnson 19 for the Suns, who have lost four in a row all at home and 10 of 12. Jake Voskuhl added 15 points and Shawn Marion 14.

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