Pacers' shooting woes lead to Hornets' stinging

Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS Jamal Mashburn had 20 points, and Baron Davis added 19 points and eight assists to lead the New Orleans Hornets past the Indiana Pacers 89-75 Tuesday night.

Robert Traylor had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who outrebounded the lackadaisical Pacers 56-38 and were the aggressors from the opening tip.

Knicks 92, Pistons 88

NEW YORK Stephon Marbury made a clutch 3-pointer with 40 seconds left and the Knicks revamped again following the trade of Keith Van Horn and Michael Doleac sent the Pistons to their sixth consecutive loss.

Marbury finished with 28 points, nine assists and five steals, Penny Hardaway scored 17 and the Knicks outscored the Pistons 15-6 in the final 2:21 to snap a two-game losing streak. New York was again without Allan Houston, whose sore knee kept him on the injured list. He was expected to return after the All-Star break.

Heat 97, Jazz 85

MIAMI Rookie Dwyane Wade scored 31 points and the Heat used a big run in the second quarter to beat the Jazz for only the fourt time in their last 18 meetings.

Rafer Alston and Rasual Butler each made a pair of 3-pointers as the Heat went on a 16-0 burst to take a 39-17 lead. The Jazz never got closer than three the rest of the way.

Timberwolves 110, Suns 95

MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett had 32 points and 14 rebounds for his league-leading 47th double-double to help the Timberwolves improve to 23 games over .500 (38-15) for the first time in team history.

Fellow All-Star Sam Cassell had 22 points and 10 assists and Latrell Sprewell added 21 points for Minnesota, which has won three straight and 17 of 21 games.

Bucks 127, Magic 104

MILWAUKEE Michael Redd scored 27 points to help the Bucks overcome Tracy McGrady's 41 and hand the Magic their eighth straight loss.

Keith Van Horn, acquired by the Bucks on Sunday in a three-team trade, passed his physical before the game. But he didn't play, and instead headed back to New York to take care of family matters.

Grizzlies 109, Mavericks 102

MEMPHIS, Tenn. James Posey had 19 points, Stromile Swift added 18 and the Grizzlies won for the sixth time in seven games to match their franchise record set last season with their 20th home win.

Memphis moved nine games over .500 for the first time in franchise history and gave Hubie Brown his 400th win as an NBA coach.

Bulls 75, Raptors 73

CHICAGO Jamal Crawford had 25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and Eddy Curry added 15 points for the Bulls.

Vince Carter had 21 points, and Donyell Marshall _ involved in the blockbuster trade between the two teams on Dec. 1 _ had 10 points and a career-high 24 rebounds for Toronto. However, the Raptors couldn't overcome a 20-point second half deficit.

Rockets 107, Wizards 81

HOUSTON Jim Jackson scored 17 points and Yao Ming had 16 and four blocked shots to help the Rockets beat the Wizards for the ninth time in 10 games in Houston.

Kelvin Cato had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Cuttino Mobley scored 12 for the Rockets. Steve Francis added 11 points and seven assists. Houston is 6-0 when Yao blocks four shots in a game this season.

Nuggets 106, 76ers 85

DENVER Carmelo Anthony scored nine of his 28 points in a pivotal third quarter, and the Nuggets won their third straight.

Nene added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who outscored the 76ers 49-31 in the second half.

Kings 127, Celtcis 111

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic scored 28 points and Vlade Divac had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and Sacramento kept winning without its top two big men.

Mike Bibby had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Kings, who matched a franchise record with 16 3-pointers while improving the NBA's best record to 38-13 with their eighth victory in nine games.

Lakers 89, Trail Blazers 86

LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant scored 31 points including a tiebreaking, left-handed layup with 31.8 seconds remaining to lift Los Angeles over Portland.

Bryant also had eight rebounds and a season-high 10 assists as the Lakers won in their first action after the All-Star break.

Portland's Shareef Abdur-Rahim missed a jumper with about 12 seconds left that could have tied it. Shaquille O'Neal got the rebound and quickly fed the ball to Bryant, who made 1-of-2 free throws with seven seconds to play.

Damon Stoudamire missed a 3-pointer and Horace Grant got the rebound as time expired.

O'Neal had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Ruben Patterson scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Blazers, who lost their third straight game after winning seven of eight. Abdur-Rahim added 16 points _ eight in the final period.



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