Heat thump New Jersey, earn eighth straight victory

Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2005

MIAMI — Eddie Jones scored 14 of his 18 points in a decisive third quarter to help the Miami Heat win their eighth straight game and 12th in a row at home, 90-65 over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday.

Shaquille O'Neal had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who allowed their lowest point total of the season. Damon Jones added 15 points and Dwyane Wade 13.

Vince Carter scored 20 for the Nets, who managed just 26 points in the second half and lost for the fourth time in five games.

Lakers 117, Bobcats 116

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kobe Bryant hit a long jumper with 0.9 seconds left to cap a 21-point fourth quarter for Los Angeles.

Bryant finished with 32 points and nine assists, and Chucky Atkins added 26 points to give Los Angeles consecutive road wins for the first time this season.

Brevin Knight, back in the Charlotte lineup after missing three games because of a sprained ankle, had 21 points and 17 assists, and rookie Emeka Okafor had a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds.

Warriors 105, Hawks 92

ATLANTA — Mike Dunleavy and Jason Richardson each scored 22 points and Golden State set a team record with 18 3-pointers.

Dunleavy was 6-for-7 from 3-point range, and Baron Davis went 6-for-10 and scored 20 points. The Warriors, 18-for-33 overall on 3s, became the fifth team to fall one shy of the NBA record set by Atlanta in against Dallas on Dec. 17, 1996.

Josh Childress led the Hawks with 18 points.

Hornets 111, Bucks 107

NEW ORLEANS — J.R. Smith made three free throws in the final 4 seconds and finished with 17 points for New Orleans.

Dan Dickau led the Hornets with 17 points, P.J. Brown had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Lee Nailon also had 16 points. Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 29 points.

Trail Blazers 80, Grizzlies 66

PORTLAND, Ore. — Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 25 points and 10 rebounds to help give Kevin Pritchard his first victory as Portland's interim head coach.

Pritchard, the team's director of player personnel, lost his first four games after taking over the Blazers following Maurice Cheeks' firing. Portland had lost six straight overall. Lorenzen Wright had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies.

Nuggets 90, Spurs 87

SAN ANTONIO — Carmelo Anthony made a 14-foot jumper and a pair of free throws down the stretch to lead the Denver Nuggets to their eighth straight win.

The Nuggets trailed 79-70 with about 9 minutes left after Devin Brown made two 3-pointers and Beno Udrih added another for the Spurs, who played without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili for a second straight game.

But Denver chipped away at the deficit while San Antonio's offense bogged down, and the Nuggets finished by scoring the game's final 10 points.

The Spurs' last points of the game came on a corner jumper by Tony Parker with 3:29 left that made the score 87-80.

Anthony, who had 21 points, made only his fourth basket of the night with 1:48 remaining to make it 87-86 Spurs.

Andre Miller tied it at 87 by making one of two free throws, and Eduardo Najera made another with 31 seconds left.

Brent Barry threw the ball away on San Antonio's next possession, and the Spurs were forced to foul Anthony, who made both with 17 seconds remaining.

The win broke Denver's eight-game losing streak in San Antonio, and for the Spurs, the loss was only their third in 31 home games this season.

Kenyon Martin led the Nuggets with 23 points and Miller scored 14.

Parker had 25 points for San Antonio, while Tony Massenburg matched his season high with 16 and Brown had 15.

The Nuggets took their biggest lead of the game at 20-15 on a midrange jumper by Wesley Person, but San Antonio came back to tie it at 23 late in the opening quarter on a pair of tip-ins by Nazr Mohammed.

Parker, who scored 13 points in the first, drove past Najera and banked in a layup to put the Spurs up 25-23 before Earl Boykins evened it up again on a 17-foot jumper with 1.9 seconds left in the period.

San Antonio went on a 19-9 run midway through the second to build a 48-39 lead, with Bruce Bowen making two corner 3-pointers.

Denver cut it to 50-46 at halftime when Najera stole the ball from Parker and got it to Boykins for a 3-pointer with 7.5 seconds left.

Notes: The Spurs' last home loss to the Nuggets came in December 2000. ... Duncan and Ginobili combined to average 39 points in San Antonio's two wins over Denver earlier this season. Replacement starters Massenburg and Barry combined for 25 points for the Spurs. ... Anthony shot only 4-for-17 in the game, missing 11 of those attempts from 5 feet or closer. ... Denver (32-29) is 15-4 under coach George Karl.

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