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Cavs net first win since break

Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

CLEVELAND -- Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 29 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers got their first win since the All-Star break, 93-90 Tuesday night over the New Jersey Nets.

Ilgauskas also stole a pass from Jason Kidd and hit two free throws with 13.7 seconds left for the Cavs, who snapped a six-game losing streak with their first win since Feb. 5.

Cleveland nearly blew it in the closing seconds, however, and only survived when Kidd's game-tying 3-pointer at the horn hit the front of the rim.

Ricky Davis added 19 points and Jumaine Jones had 12 rebounds for Cleveland.

Kidd had 31 points and nine assists for the Nets, who have lost three straight and six of nine since the break. New Jersey was without forward Kenyon Martin, its leading rebounder, who left the team to attend to a family matter.

Magic 98, Mavericks 93

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady had 26 points and seven assists as the Magic won their season-high fourth straight game.

Drew Gooden added 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Gordan Giricek had 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists. The Magic acquired the two rookies from Memphis last week in a trade for Mike Miller, Ryan Humphrey and two draft picks.

The Magic reached .500 for the first time since Jan. 31.

McGrady's frustration at Dallas' physical, frenetic defense boiled over late in the second quarter. He was slapped with a technical foul for elbowing Eduardo Najera in the upper back.

Soon after, Najera was ejected for accidentally bumping official David Jones when McGrady wasn't called for losing the ball out of bounds.

Wizards 83, Pacers 78

INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Jordan scored 25 points and Tyronn Lue added 18 points and 11 assists for Washington.

The Pacers have lost five straight games -- their longest skid of the season -- and eight of 12.

Jordan, who has scored over 20 points in four of the last five games, was Washington's only offensive threat in the first half, scoring 16 points on 8-for-14 shooting. When Jordan's shots stopped falling in the third, the Wizards turned to Lue, a 6-foot guard with a 7.7 scoring average. Lue drilled three 3-pointers in the quarter and accounted for nine straight Washington points.

Knicks 102, Rockets 95,/b>

NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell and Kurt Thomas each stole the ball frsom Yao Ming on two late possessions as the Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak.

Yao scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds, but his two turnovers down the stretch were costly.

Allan Houston scored 28 points for New York.

Spurs 84, Heat 69

SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan had 17 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Spurs to their 11th victory in the last 12 games for the Spurs. They had three other players in double figures, with Malik Rose getting 14, Bruce Bowen 11 and Manu Ginobili 10.

The Heat, who have dropped four of their last five contests, were led by Eddie Jones with 13 points. Sean Lampley chipped in 11.

San Antonio is 10-0 at home against Eastern Conference teams this season.



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