Jordan-less Wizards play well in loss to Blazers

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2002

WASHINGTON -- Rasheed Wallace had 22 points and 14 rebounds Wednesday night, and the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away with a 12-2 run to open the fourth quarter in a 105-101 victory over the Wizards.

Washington played one of its best offensive games in weeks without Michael Jordan -- and without either of its top two centers. The Wizards shot 56 percent through three quarters and had 31 assists for the game, three short of their season high.

But they went cold to open the fourth period against the Trail Blazers, who have won seven straight.

Jordan, who leads the team in scoring, assists and minutes, had surgery Wednesday morning to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. He is expected to miss 2-to-6 weeks. Jahidi White was sidelined with a strained left shoulder, and backup center Brendan Haywood sat out with a sore left knee.

Richard Hamilton scored 31 points for the Wizards, who have lost six straight and are 1-8 since the All-Star break.

Bucks 95, Celtics 92

BOSTON -- Milwaukee beat Boston for the fourth straight time as Sam Cassell scored 26 points. Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson each had 22 points.

The Celtics' Antoine Walker was short on a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Walker had 30 to lead the Celtics and has 84 points in three games against Milwaukee this season.

Boston has lost three straight since acquiring Tony Delk and Rodney Rogers from the Phoenix Suns.

The Celtics, returning from a seven-game West Coast trip, played their first home game in three weeks.

SuperSonics 98, Hawks 81

ATLANTA -- The Seattle SuperSonics won their eighth straight away game, equaling the second-longest road winning streak in club history. Rashard Lewis scored 19 points for the Sonics, who won 10 straight on the road in 1995.

Gary Payton scored 14 points and had 12 assists, moving past Kevin Johnson into 14th place on the NBA career assist list.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 24 and grabbed 16 rebounds for Atlanta.

76ers 82, Heat 72

PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson scored 31 points before leaving with a thigh injury as the 76ers survived poor free-throw shooting. The Sixers were only 27-of-46 from the line.

Iverson hobbled off with 1:11 left after appearing to bump knees with Eddie Jones.

Foul trouble hurt the Heat as Jones scored just nine points before fouling out. Alonzo Mourning was in foul trouble for most of the game, too, and the Heat did not attempt a free throw in the fourth quarter, while Philadelphia took 18 and made 13.

Hornets 104, Nets 85

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jamal Mashburn proved he's finally healthy, scoring a season-high 36 points in snapping the Nets' six-game winning streak.

Mashburn, playing in just his sixth game since missing 42 with a strained abdominal muscle, had 19 points in the first quarter and 27 at the half as the Hornets ended their three-game losing streak.

Jamaal Magloire added 17 for Charlotte, which blew a 23-point second-half lead in losing to New Jersey on Sunday.

The Nets were outrebounded 45-36, shot just 13-of-24 at the free throw line and had 20 turnovers that led to 25 of Charlotte's points.

Pistons 101, Bulls 89

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jon Barry scored 21 points and matched a career-high with 10 assists in replacing Jerry Stackhouse, who sat out the game to rest a nagging shoulder sprain.

Detroit has won six of the last seven.

Reserve Corliss Williamson added 24 points for Detroit, while Ben Wallace had 14 rebounds and three blocks. Jalen Rose led the Bulls with 29 points.

Chicago dressed just nine players, with Charles Oakley (knee), Eddie Robinson (groin) and Greg Anthony (hand) all missing the trip.

Raptors 90, Raptors 85

TORONTO -- Tracy McGrady scored 24 points and Toronto went scoreless in the last 4:54 for its ninth straight loss.

Horace Grant added 18 points for the Magic, who have won five of their last six.

Vince Carter had 22 points in his second game back from the injured list. The Raptors went 0-7 without him.

Carter went to the foul line just twice, while McGrady made all 10 of his free throws. McGrady also had eight assists.

Carter's rainbow jumper gave Toronto a six-point lead with 4:54 remaining -- Toronto's last points of the night. The Raptors missed their last nine shots.

Timberwolves 112, Lakers 101

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett scored 33 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Chauncey Billups added 30 points for Minnesota.

Billups, who tied a team record with seven 3-point baskets, nailed two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to keep the Lakers from fighting their way back and extending their four-game winning streak. Billups also had 11 assists.

Shaquille O'Neal led Los Angeles with 27 points, while Kobe Bryant was held to 20. The Lakers were visibly frustrated by the Wolves' defense, which held Los Angeles to 45.8 percent from the field.

Warriors 110, Nuggets 93

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Antawn Jamison had 26 points and 12 rebounds as the Warriors snapped a seven-game losing streak.

The Warriors made 30 turnovers, the most by any team in the NBA this season, but still got their fourth victory of 2002.

Juwan Howard scored 21 points for the Nuggets, whose sixth straight loss featured the debut of Mengke Bateer, the second Chinese player to make the NBA.

Mengke, a 6-foot-11 native Mongolian who played for China in the last two Olympics, played 14 scoreless minutes and committed five fouls, though he also threw a nice crosscourt outlet pass for his first assist.

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