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Kidd leads Nets to win over Heat

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2003

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd fed Jason Collins for a go-ahead three-point play with 1:50 to play, then hit a clinching 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds left to lead the New Jersey Nets to an 84-79 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

Kenyon Martin added 28 points and 10 rebounds in a game in which the Nets were forced to rally from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit after squandering a 17-point second-quarter lead to a team that was beaten by 31 points in Detroit on Monday night.

Magic 99, Hornets 94

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady and Mike Miller each scored 24 points as the Orlando Magic snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Magic trailed by 12 with five minutes to play, but got the victory behind a late 20-2 run.

Darrell Armstrong scored 15 points and Andrew DeClercq had a season-high 14, including seven in a 1:13 span of the fourth quarter to kick start Orlando's comeback.

Bulls 107, Cavaliers 101

CLEVELAND -- Jalen Rose scored 28 points to help the Chicago Bulls gain just their third road victory of the season.

With high school phenom LeBron James watching two of the teams that will likely end up in the draft lottery, the Bulls scored a season-high 39 points in the first quarter and then turned to Rose to hold off Cleveland's comeback.

Rookie Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 12 rebounds and helped spark the Cavaliers from a 17-point deficit as they pulled to 94-92 with 4:45 to play. Rose then hit a fallaway jumper with 4:27 left and Chicago went on to its second win in a row.

Mavericks 105, Hawks 79

DALLAS -- Michael Finley scored 26 points and reserve Walt Williams added 15 points as the Dallas Mavericks took early control and eased past Atlanta.

The Mavericks won their third straight and improved their league-best record to 41-12.

Spurs 101, Nuggets 76

SAN ANTONIO -- Bruce Bowen scored 18 points as the San Antonio Spurs played their first home game in 23 days and defeated Denver.

The victory was the ninth in a row for the Spurs, who won the final eight games of a nine-game road trip that concluded Sunday at Sacramento.

Grizzlies 108, Pacers 103, OT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Pau Gasol had 24 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks as the Memphis Grizzlies won for the third time in four games since the All-Star break.

Reggie Miller's desperation 3-pointer as time ran out sent the game into overtime. Miller missed the opening shot in the final sequence of regulation from the top of the key, but tracked it down in the right corner, pumped and nailed the jumper.

In overtime, the teams were tied at 102 with 2:50 left, but the Grizzlies outscored Indiana 6-1 the rest of the way with Wesley Person scoring four.

Kings 102, Bucks 93

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Vlade Divac had 21 points and 19 rebounds, and Bobby Jackson broke his slump with five straight points down the stretch.

Peja Stojakovic scored 26 points and Mike Bibby had 21 as the Kings won for the third time in four games on a seven-game homestand.

Celtics 125, Warriors 117

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Paul Pierce had 31 points and 12 assists as the Boston Celtics guaranteed their best Western road trip in 12 years.

Walter McCarty added 24 points as the Celtics extended their record to 4-1 on the current trip, which concludes Thursday at Sacramento. J.R. Bremer added 22 points and Antoine Walker had 17.

Lakers 106, Rockets 99, 2 OT

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 52 points to make it 10 consecutive games with 35 or more -- and a franchise-record six straight with at least 40 -- as the Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Rockets in double overtime.

Bryant had all nine Lakers points in the first overtime and eight in the second extra period, leaving him one shy of the NBA season-high of 53 scored by Allan Houston in a 117-110 victory over the Lakers on Sunday night.



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