Mourning, Heat mine Nuggets

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002

MIAMI -- Alonzo Mourning, spared a league suspension for his actions the previous night, scored 24 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 101-76 rout of the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.

The Heat, who lost to the division-leading New Jersey Nets 97-78 Friday night in a game that featured Mourning's ejection, won for the seventh time in nine games and remained 1 1/2 games behind Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Knicks 105, Cavaliers 95

NEW YORK -- Allan Houston scored 28 points as New York won consecutive games under coach Don Chaney for just the second time.

Kurt Thomas added 22 points, Mark Jackson had a season-high 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and Latrell Sprewell scored 18 for the Knicks, who will try for their third straight win Sunday in Cleveland.

Hornets 87, Suns 76

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jamal Mashburn scored 23 points and Elden Campbell added 17 for the Hornets, who pulled away in the final five minutes.

Campbell scored six points in the final 4:34 as the Hornets negated a 31-point effort from Suns forward Shawn Marion. Stephon Marbury added 19 points for Phoenix.

Pistons 102, Bucks 94

MILWAUKEE -- Jerry Stackhouse had 25 points and seven assists as the Detroit Pistons took over first place in the Central Division.

Chucky Atkins added 19 points and Ben Wallace had 16 rebounds for Detroit, which rallied after the Bucks led 74-68 late in the third.

Spurs 111, Celtics 104

SAN ANTONIO -- Danny Ferry scored a season-high 18 points, 10 in the final three minutes.

Tim Duncan led all scorers with 37 points for the Spurs, who extended their winning streak to nine games and snapped the Celtics's seven-game win streak.

Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker each scored 31 for the Celtics.

A layup by Duncan put the Spurs up 99-89 with 3:44 remaining. Boston then scored eight straight points to cut the deficit to two before Ferry made a 3-pointer with 2:11 left.

Bulls 114, Rockets 112, 2OT

HOUSTON -- Jalen Rose capped a career-high 44-point performance by hitting a 15-foot jump shot as the buzzer sounded, giving Chicago a double-overtime victory and snapping the Bulls' eight-game losing streak.

Rose hit a jumper at the buzzer in the first overtime, then scored six of the Bulls' eight points in the second overtime.

Trail Blazers 95, Wizards 80

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Shawn Kemp, making his first start of the season, had season-highs of 21 points and 14 rebounds.

Rasheed Wallace added 25 points, Bonzi Wells 22 and Scottie Pippen tied his career-high with 15 assists for the Blazers, who shot 80 percent in the third quarter to pull away.

Mavericks 117, Warriors 100

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Raef LaFrentz had six 3-pointers among his 30 points, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 of his 30 points early in the third quarter.

Michael Finley added 27 points for Dallas, which beat Golden State for the 12th straight time. The Mavericks broke open a close game in the third quarter with a blistering 21-8 run befitting the NBA's highest-scoring team.

LaFrentz, in his most impressive game since joining the Mavericks in a trade on Feb. 21, went 12-for-19 from the field before sitting out the fourth quarter.

SuperSonics 95, Clippers 87

LOS ANGELES -- Gary Payton scored 23 points and reserve center Predrag Drobnjak had six of his career-high 18 points during a key fourth-quarter run.

Jeff McInnis scored 30 points and Eric Piatkowski added 20 for the Clippers, who slipped three games behind seventh-place Seattle and two behind Utah for the eighth Western Conference playoff berth. Los Angeles has dropped 31 of its last 34 meetings with the Sonics.

McInnis made four 3-pointers in the final 4:08, ralling the Clippers within 91-87 with 37.5 seconds left. But Payton clinched it with four free throws.



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