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Martin excels, Nets beat Heat

Posted: Sunday, February 29, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Kenyon Martin had 18 points, 15 rebounds and an incredible late block, and the New Jersey Nets got back on track after losing for the first time under Lawrence Frank with a 92-86 win over the Miami Heat on Saturday.

Richard Jefferson added 25 points and Jason Kidd had four free throws in the final 21.2 seconds to cap a 20-point effort.

The win was the Nets 15th in 16 games overall, and their 14th in 15 games since Frank replaced Byron Scott as coach of the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions in late January.

The only loss came Wednesday against Minnesota.

Lakers 122, Wizards 110

WASHINGTON Kobe Bryant's first triple-double of the season helped the Lakers pull away in the fourth quarter for a victory over Washington.

Bryant finished with 25 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, and came up big for the Lakers in several key moments.

Magic 104, Hawks 99

ATLANTA Tracy McGrady scored 26 of his 30 points before injuring his right ankle, and Orlando snapped a two-game losing skid by beating Atlanta. Hawks 104-99 Saturday night.

McGrady, the leading scorer in the NBA at 27.6 points per game, landed awkwardly on the foot of defender Stephen Jackson after missing a jumper late in the third quarter and immediately began favoring his foot.

Pacers 81, 76ers 74

INDIANAPOLIS Jermaine O'Neal had 23 points and eight rebounds, while Al Harrington finished with 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Indiana past Philadelphia.

Indiana won for the fourth time in five games and won its third straight over the 76ers this season.

Grizzlies 97, Hornets 92

MEMPHIS, Tenn. James Posey went from being listed as questionable for the game with a leg injury to scoring 24 points and leading Memphis over New Orleans.

Posey, who could only walk through the team's shootaround earlier in the day because of a bruised right quadriceps, connected on nine of 15 shots as Memphis snapped a two-game losing streak and finished February with a 10-3 record, the best month in franchise history.

Mavericks 111, Trail Blazers 91

DALLAS Antoine Walker had 25 points and eight rebounds, Steve Nash added 22 points and 11 assists and Dallas extended their winning streak to five games with a victory over Portland.

Dirk Nowitzki contributed 21 points and seven rebounds to help Dallas to its seventh straight win at home and improve to 27-4 at home this season.

Spurs 117, Nuggets 92

SAN ANTONIO Tony Parker picked up the slack for the injured Tim Duncan, scoring a season-high 29 points and leading San Antonio over Denver.

Parker had 14 points in the third quarter, when the Spurs used a 15-6 run late in the period to break open what had been a close game. Parker made three 3-pointers in the third, and finished 4-for-4 behind the arc.

Bulls 87, Warriors 81, OT

CHICAGO Jamal Crawford scored 27 points and Eddy Curry added 26 points and 14 rebounds, and the Chicago needed overtime to defeat Golden State.

Kirk Hinrich became the first rookie this season to have a triple-double, with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Bulls, who snapped a four-game losing streak.



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