Jordans wizardry beats out McGradys magic

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2003

WASHINGTON Tracy McGrady outscored Michael Jordan 43-23 in their final regular season matchup. The victory, however, went to Jordan.

In a thrilling game between two determined competitors, the Washington Wizards made 30 of 32 free throws and broke a two-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 106-105 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Hornets 81, Pacers 71

INDIANAPOLIS Baron Davis scored 20 points in his first game in over six weeks and the New Orleans Hornets extended their winning streak to nine games.

The Hornets avoided a four-game season sweep by Indiana and gained a game on the Pacers in the Central Division. The Hornets haven't lost since Feb. 18, pushing them into contention for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Heat 77, Cavaliers 75

CLEVELAND Mike James made two free throws with 0.4 seconds left and the Miami Heat snapped a four-game losing streak despite scoring just 10 points in the fourth quarter.

James hit his free throws after being fouled by Cavs guard Ricky Davis, who got faked into the air and fouled James as the Heat guard was attempting a 3-pointer.

Grizzlies 87, Knicks 85

NEW YORK Jason Williams scored 15 points and hit the game-winning shot with 1.4 seconds left.

With the game tied at 85, Williams missed a jumper with 19.7 seconds left, but got the rebound after Pau Gasol tipped it out. Williams shook Howard Eisley and hit an off-balance jumper to win it.

Spurs 105, Bucks 102

MILWAUKEE Malik Rose scored a career-high 34 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and Tim Duncan added 25, including four free throws to seal the victory.

Duncan grabbed 15 rebounds and Tony Parker had 13 points as the Spurs snapped the Bucks' six-game winning streak against them.

Bulls 116, Lakers 99

CHICAGO Jamal Crawford scored a career-high 24 points with 10 assists, and Eddy Curry added 20 points and six rebounds as the Bulls stunned the Lakers.

Jalen Rose added 27, Donyell Marshall had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Tyson Chandler had 12 boards for the Bulls, who have now beaten the Lakers in three of their last four meetings.

Nuggets 95, Raptors 87

DENVER Juwan Howard had 24 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Denver Nuggets snap a seven-game home losing streak.

Howard scored 17 points in the first half as the Nuggets built a 54-32 lead.

Trail Blazers 92, Supersonics 77

SEATTLE Rasheed Wallace scored 23 points, Derek Anderson had 18 and reserve Zach Randolph scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.

The Blazers didn't have their second-leading scorer, Bonzi Wells, who was suspended for one game after an undisclosed episode at the team's practice Monday. But he wasn't missed as the Blazers completed a season sweep of the Sonics.

Warriors 113, Suns 98

OAKLAND, Calif. Antawn Jamison had 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors kept themselves in the playoff hunt by snapping a three-game losing streak.

Golden State picked up a half-game on idle Houston and moved within 2 1/2 games of Phoenix for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Warriors' 31 wins are the most for the franchise since going 30-52 in 1996-97.

Gilbert Arenas added 22 points and five assists, Adonal Foyle had 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds and Jason Richardson and Troy Murphy scored 13 points each for the Warriors. Murphy also had 12 rebounds.

Amare Stoudemire led the Suns with 24 points and eight rebounds.

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