Free throw helps Hawks rally past Lakers

Posted: Wednesday, March 03, 2004

ATLANTA Jason Terry's free throw with 11.9 seconds left put Atlanta ahead, and Gary Payton and Shaquille O'Neal missed last-second shots as the Hawks rallied for a 94-93 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe Bryant, the Lakers' leading scorer, was in Colorado for a closed hearing in the sexual assault case against him. It was the first time this season he missed a game when healthy; he sat out 14 others with various injuries.

Raptors 89, Heat 86

MIAMI Vince Carter came off the injured list and scored 27 points to help Toronto snap a nine-game losing streak.

The teams combined to score 19 points in the fourth quarter, breaking the NBA record for fewest combined points (20) in the final period.

The game ended with Miami coach Stan Van Gundy rushing toward the officials and screaming after no foul was called on Chris Bosh as he defended Eddie Jones' 3-point attempt just before the final buzzer.

Nets 95, Nuggets 91

DENVER Kerry Kittles scored a season-high 34 points, including four free throws in the final 15 seconds.

Kenyon Martin added 22 points, including five straight points for the Nets down the stretch, as New Jersey improved to 15-2 under interim coach Lawrence Frank.

Carmelo Anthony had 26 points, including 15 in the first quarter, as Denver lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Kings 113, Clippers 106

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Chris Webber had 26 points and 12 rebounds in his season debut.

Webber was cheered from the moment he took the court for the first time since injuring his knee in the second round of last season's playoffs. In the interim, he underwent knee surgery, endured nine months of rehabilitation and got an eight-game suspension for lying to a grand jury and violating the NBA's drug policy.

Pacers 96, Warriors 88

OAKLAND, Calif. Reggie Miller scored 21 points and the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers sent Golden State to its third straight loss in a game marred by an ugly confrontation in the final minutes.

Golden State's Cliff Robinson and Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal were ejected with 3:23 left after two separate incidents on each end of the court. The players had to be restrained by several teammates and coaches all the way off the court as they continued to yell at each other.

Fans threw two plastic bottles toward the Pacers bench, and another bottle went toward O'Neal as he made his exit.

Mavericks 107, SuperSonics 96

DALLAS Michael Finley scored 35 points, 20 in the fourth quarter, and the Dallas Mavericks stretched their winning streak to six.

Finley had 11 points four jumpers and a 3-pointer in a decisive 22-1 stretch run that lifted the Mavericks, who were without starting point guard Steve Nash (stomach flu).

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