Nets beat Cavs, win 10th straight

Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2004

CLEVELAND Lawrence Frank improved to 9-0 since taking over as New Jersey's interim coach and the Nets won their 10th straight game Wednesday night, 105-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Frank, a fresh-faced 33-year-old who doesn't look much older than some ballboys, tied an NBA record for the best start as a coach shared by Kurt Rambis (Los Angeles Lakers, 1998-99) and Buddy Jeannette (Baltimore Bullets, 1947-48).

Kerry Kittles scored all 27 of his points in the second half for New Jersey.

The Nets became just the second team in league history to win 10 straight games by more than 10 points, tying a mark set by the 1946-47 Washington Capitals coached by Red Auerbach.

76ers 113, Wizards 88

PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson scored 25 points and Philadelphia gave interim coach Chris Ford a successful debut with a victory over Washington.

The Sixers fired Randy Ayers on Monday just 52 games into his first season after taking over for Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, who now coaches the Detroit Pistons. Ford, who led Boston to division titles in 1991 and '92, was promoted from assistant for the rest of the season.

Heat 111, Magic 98

ORLANDO, Fla. Dwyane Wade scored 27 points, Rafer Alston added a season-high 23 and Miami snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over Orlando.

Lamar Odom had 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Brian Grant added 16 points, and Rasual Butler tied his season high with 12.

The Heat outrebounded Orlando 46-24, with their starters holding a 42-13 advantage. Grant grabbed 12 rebounds and Wade a season-high 10.

Kings 96, Pistons 94

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Peja Stojakovic's jumper with 0.4 seconds left lifted Sacramento over Detroit.

Mike Bibby scored 26 and Stojakovic had 25 points for the Western Conference-leading Kings, who have won seven of eight and five straight on the road. Brad Miller added 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Grizzlies 110, Clippers 102

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Pau Gasol had 22 points and eight rebounds, sending Memphis to a victory over Los Angeles.

Five players scored in double figures for the surprising Grizzlies (30-22), who withstood a fourth-quarter rally and increased their franchise record for wins.

Hornets 106, Knicks 98

NEW ORLEANS Baron Davis had 29 points and a career-high six steals, leading New Orleans past New York.

Darrell Armstrong scored all nine of his points on 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Jamal Mashburn scored 19 for New Orleans, which had lost five of six.

Timberwolves 77, Jazz 66

SALT LAKE CITY Kevin Garnett scored 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for his 14th straight double-double to lead Minnesota past Utah.

Sam Cassell, nearly ejected late in the third quarter, finished with 24 points and seven assists for Minnesota. Fred Hoiberg scored all the points in a 10-4 run as the Timberwolves pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Rockets 102, Lakers 87

HOUSTON Yao Ming had 29 points and 11 rebounds, outplaying Shaquille O'Neal to lead Houston over Los Angeles.

The Rockets pulled away in the fourth quarter behind Yao, who scored 11 of Houston's last 15 points in the final 6:12. He hit five free throws and three field goals, including a hook over O'Neal.

Warriors 110, Suns 99

OAKLAND, Calif. Brian Cardinal scored 23 of his career-best 32 points in the first half, and Speedy Claxton had 19 points and a career-best 13 assists in Golden State's victory.

Cardinal surpassed his career high for the fifth time in his remarkable season, and Jason Richardson scored 19 points in the Warriors' second straight victory heading into the All-Star break.

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