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Hornets grind Pistons to halt

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2003

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jamal Mashburn scored 29 points and hit a turnaround jumper with 0.2 seconds left to give the New Orleans Hornets a 93-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.

Mashburn took an inbounds pass, dribbled on the right wing to run down the clock, then hit a jumper over Chauncey Billups to give the Hornets their third win in a row. Mashburn scored a franchise-record 50 points and hit the winning shot in a 125-123 overtime victory over Memphis on Friday night.

Mashburn also had 10 assists and five rebounds, while David Wesley added 27 points.

Heat 100, Bulls 90

MIAMI -- Eddie Jones returned from a four-game absence to score 23 points and help the Miami Heat snap a three-game losing streak.

Jalen Rose scored 31 points before fouling out with 1:56 remaining and reserve center Eddy Curry added a career-high 26 for the Bulls, who fell to 3-29 on the road.

Rockets 93, Grizzlies 82

HOUSTON -- Cuttino Mobley scored 29 points and the Houston Rockets, playing without star Steve Francis, held off a late Memphis Grizzlies rally.

Mobley had 20 points in the first half as the Rockets snapped a three-game home losing streak. Yao Ming had 18 points and seven rebounds while Moochie Norris, starting in place of Francis, had nine points and nine assists.

Steve Francis sat out the game with a strained lower back. He will be reevaluated on Monday prior to a game at Boston.

Spurs 105, Pacers 96

SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan scored 21 points and Tony Parker added 14 during a decisive third-quarter run to lead the San Antonio Spurs to their 10th win in 11 games.

The Spurs, up by 11 at the half, broke the game open with a 24-4 run to start the third quarter. Parker, who finished with 18 points, made all five of his shots in the period.

Indiana missed 11 consecutive shots over a seven-minute span during in the third, and made only five of its 20 attempts during the period.

Jazz 99, Nuggets 89

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone scored 20 and tied a career-high with 10 assists as the Utah Jazz handed the Denver Nuggets their 14th consecutive road loss and eighth straight overall.

Calbert Cheaney scored 15 points, Matt Harpring had 14 and John Stockton and Scott Padgett each added 11 as Utah used a big third-quarter to finish its five-game homestand with a 3-2 record.

Bucks 93, Trail Blazers 90

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sam Cassell made two free throws with 10.1 seconds left as the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers in Gary Payton's debut as a Buck.

Damon Stoudamire, who had not played all game, missed a potential tying 3-pointer with about three seconds left. Milwaukee rebounded and ran out the clock.

Hawks 89, Clippers 87

LOS ANGELES -- Theo Ratliff scored 18 points and made a critical block in the final minute as the Atlanta Hawks ended a four-game road losing streak.

Glenn Robinson, one of five Hawks in double figures, finished with 17 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help send the Clippers to their 10th loss in 13 games.

Andre Miller had 18 points and nine assists for Los Angeles and Elton Brand had 17 points and 12 rebounds.



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