Nets top Raptors for 14th straight win

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The New Jersey Nets won their 14th straight game Tuesday night the longest streak in the NBA this season by holding off the injury-plagued Toronto Raptors 86-74 behind Kenyon Martin's 25 points and 15 rebounds.

The victory was the 13th straight for boy-wonder coach Lawrence Frank, the best start to a coaching career in a major sport in North America.

Only four of the Nets' wins in their franchise-record streak have come against teams with winning records. Toronto played without Jalen Rose, Vince Carter and Alvin Williams in losing its season-high sixth straight.

Jason Kidd added 17 points and seven assists.

Roger Mason Jr. led the Raptors with a career-high 18 points in his first NBA start.

Timberwolves 108, Bucks 102

MILWAUKEE Sam Cassell scored 29 points in his return to Milwaukee and the Minnesota Timberwolves became the first NBA team to win 20 road games with a victory over the Bucks.

Cassell, who played 4 1/2 seasons with the Bucks before being traded to Minnesota last summer, sank six free throws in the final 19 seconds to seal the Timberwolves' 10th straight victory over the Bucks.

Latrell Sprewell, a Milwaukee native, added 23 points, and Kevin Garnett had his NBA-leading 51st double-double with 16 points and 18 rebounds. He tied his own club record with his 19th consecutive double-double.

Michael Redd and Keith Van Horn each scored 25 for Milwaukee.

Bucks rookie point guard T.J. Ford was taken off on a stretcher for X-rays on his neck after falling hard during the fourth quarter.

Pacers 107, Warriors 96

INDIANAPOLIS Jermaine O'Neal scored a season-high 34 points, and Jamaal Tinsley added 13 points and 11 assists to lead Indiana over Golden State.

Jonathan Bender again gave a strong performance to help fill the void left by injured forward Ron Artest, and the Pacers shot 52 percent from the field to win their third in a row.

The oft-injured Bender provided an offensive spark in the second and third quarters and finished with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

Erick Dampier led Golden State with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Trail Blazers 94, Magic 91, OT

ORLANDO, Fla. Zach Randolph had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Derek Anderson scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead Portland past Orlando.

Damon Stoudamire had 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. His 3-pointer to start overtime gave Portland a lead it never relinquished.

The Blazers won their season-best fifth straight game to move above .500 (29-28) for the first time since Dec. 29. Theo Ratliff tied his career high with nine blocks.

Tracy McGrady led the Magic with 31 points despite shooting 11-for-32, including 2-for-14 on 3-pointers.

Hawks 86, 76ers 75

ATLANTA Stephen Jackson scored 24 points, Chris Crawford added 19 and Atlanta ended a three-game losing streak with a victory over depleted Philadelphia.

The 76ers, losers of three straight and four of five, were without leading scorer Allen Iverson, who remained in Philadelphia with an injured right shoulder.

Glenn Robinson, the team's second-leading scorer, missed the second half with a sore elbow. Kenny Thomas, its third-leading scorer, wasn't in uniform because of a sprained right thumb.

Eric Snow led the Sixers with 17 points.

Spurs 86, Rockets 77

SAN ANTONIO Tim Duncan scored 27 points, Manu Ginobili added 21 and the San Antonio Spurs returned home from a long road trip with an 86-77 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

The Spurs, who have won eight of nine, went on an 18-3 run, capped by a long alley-oop pass from Duncan to Ginobili, to build a 78-64 lead with 5:18 left in the game.

It was San Antonio's first home game this month. The team went on a seven-game road trip when an annual rodeo moved into the SBC Center in early February and won six times, including a 94-92 victory over Midwest Division leader Minnesota on Sunday.

Mavericks 116, Clippers 91

DALLAS Antoine Walker scored 21 points, Michael Finley added 20 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time this season, 116-91 on Tuesday night.

The Clippers won the first two meetings, including a 10-point victory in Dallas on Dec. 20. Overall, however, Dallas has won 18 of the last 22 matchups.

Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks, who've won seven of their last nine.

Corey Maggette's 21 points and Bobby Simmons' 16 paced the Clippers, who have lost six of their past eight.

The Clippers missed 13 of 42 free throw attempts as they matched their most lopsided loss this season.

The Mavericks, 25-4 at home, went 24-of-28 from the free throw line.

Dallas got off to a fast start against a poor Clippers defense, converting 10 of its first 11 field goal tries for a 36-18 lead heading into the second quarter. The Mavericks shot 14-for-21 in the first quarter while the Clippers were 7-for-18.

The Mavericks were in front at halftime, 65-43, behind Walker's 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the floor.

The Clippers were only able to get as close as 20 in the third quarter, and the Mavericks held a 92-66 edge entering the fourth.

Notes: The Mavericks had their 100th straight home sellout. Dallas is 81-19 in those games. ... Only two of the Clippers' seven first-quarter baskets came from the outside. ... Dallas' biggest win of the season was by 28 over New Orleans on Nov. 11. ... The Clippers also lost by 25 to the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 19.

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