Frank sets record for best coaching start

Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Lawrence Frank set a record for the best start by an NBA coach with his 10th straight victory when New Jersey defeated Atlanta 98-92 Wednesday night.

The Nets won because of Jason Kidd's 58th career triple-double and big games by Richard Jefferson and Rodney Rogers. Kidd finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as the Nets won a franchise-record-tying 11th straight game.

Mavericks 114, Cavaliers 98

CLEVELAND Michael Finley scored 23 points and Steve Nash added 20 and 10 assists to lead Dallas.

Scott Williams went 7-for-8 and scored 16 points in the 14-year veteran's first start for Dallas, which signed him off waivers last month from Phoenix.

Spurs 86, Raptors 82

TORONTO Tim Duncan scored 26 points and tied a season-high with 21 rebounds as San Antonio won its sixth straight game.

Toronto's Vince Carter didn't return after being helped off the court with an injury to his left ankle in the fourth quarter. Carter landed awkwardly after going up for a jumper. He remained down for several minutes clutching the ankle.

Magic 90, Jazz 77

ORLANDO, Fla. Tracy McGrady scored 17 of his 43 points in the third quarter for his second straight 40-point game, and Orlando snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Juwan Howard added 20 points and nine rebounds, and Gordan Giricek had 15 points.

Hornets 120, Wizards 98

NEW ORLEANS Jamal Mashburn scored 26 points and Baron Davis had 23 points and 13 assists to lead New Orleans in its best offensive performance of the season.

Pistons 102, Bucks 98

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Richard Hamilton scored 23 points and Chauncey Billups added 20 to help Detroit end a six-game losing streak.

Corliss Williamson scored 15 points and Ben Wallace added 11 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks for the Pistons, who handed Milwaukee its seventh straight road loss.

Lakers 100, Warriors 99

OAKLAND, Calif. Kobe Bryant scored 35 points, and Shaquille O'Neal capped a dominant game by blocking Clifford Robinson's shot in the final second for Los Angeles.

Trail Blazers 101, Clippers 86

PORTLAND, Ore. Portland's Zach Randolph had 17 points and 10 rebounds after being out of the starting lineup because he missed the pregame shootaround.



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