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Redd, Smith point Bucks past Cavs

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2005

MILWAUKEE — Michael Redd scored 32 points and Joe Smith tied his season high with 21 as the Milwaukee Bucks withstood 34 points from LeBron James and defeated the Cavaliers 96-88 Wednesday night, extending Cleveland's road losing streak to eight games.

James scored more than 30 points for the third straight game, Drew Gooden added 14, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 13 and 14 rebounds. But it wasn't enough for the Cavaliers, who haven't won on the road since a 105-87 victory at Golden State on Jan. 22. Cleveland plays four of its next six games on the road.

Desmond Mason added 13 points and Mo Williams 12 as the Bucks remained perfect against the Central Division at home with their seventh straight victory. They also snapped the Cavaliers' three-game winning streak.

The loss prevented Cleveland from matching its win total from last season — 35 games.

Pistons 102, SuperSonics 95

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chauncey Billups scored 32 points and Rasheed Wallace had nine of his 24 during a key stretch of the fourth quarter to lift the Detroit Pistons to their 10th straight home win.

Rashard Lewis scored 26 for the SuperSonics, who had won their four previous road games.

The teams took turns with the lead before Rasheed Wallace turned two steals into a dunk and a mid-range jumper, giving the Pistons a 91-90 lead. Richard Hamilton then connected on a 3-pointer, and Tayshaun Prince made two free throws to seal the victory.

Seattle's Ray Allen missed all four of his shots and was held to two points in the first half before finishing with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

Wizards 122, Hawks 93

ATLANTA — Gilbert Arenas had 29 points and Larry Hughes added 23 as the Washington Wizards had a season-high point total.

The Wizards used a 24-2 run in the fourth quarter to win consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 9, a span of 13 games.

Al Harrington's 18-footer with 10:43 remaining cut the Wizards' lead to 84-78, but the Hawks failed to score a field goal on their next 13 possessions.

Arenas, who was 4-for-6 on 3-point attempts, hit two treys during the 24-2 run.

Nets 100, Bulls 84

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Vince Carter scored 30 points and Jason Kidd set the tone as the New Jersey Nets took control early and completed a season sweep of the Chicago Bulls.

Kidd had 22 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists as the Nets posted their seventh straight win over the Bulls. Jason Collins had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Nenad Krstic added 11 points.

The Bulls, who never led, played without leading scorer Eddy Curry (15.6 points per game) who missed the game with a left hamstring strain. They struggled to pick up the slack, with the bench doing most of the scoring as the starters combined for only 37 points.

Celtics 110, Raptors 109

BOSTON — Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker each scored 24 points, and the Boston Celtics nearly blew a 16-point fourth-quarter lead before pulling out their fifth straight win.

The victory was Boston's ninth in 10 games since acquiring Walker from Atlanta on Feb. 24.

Tony Allen finished with 16 points for Boston, including a pair of big baskets in the final 1:46. Ricky Davis had 14.

Jalen Rose led the Raptors with a season-high 35 points and Chris Bosh had 20 before leaving with a bruised lower back early in the final quarter.

Pacers 103, Jazz 84

INDIANAPOLIS — Stephen Jackson scored 28 points and the Indiana Pacers hit 37 of 43 free throws.

Utah outshot Indiana from the field, but the Pacers spent much of the night at the free throw line. Jackson shot just 6-of-16 from the field but was 4-of-8 from 3-point range and 12-of-12 on free throws.

Reggie Miller scored 15 points and Anthony Johnson 12 for Indiana. Mehmet Okur scored 16 points and Andrei Kirilenko 15 for Utah.

Grizzlies 88, Hornets 82

NEW ORLEANS — James Posey scored 20 points and Earl Watson 16 as the undermanned Memphis Grizzlies outlasted the Hornets.

Watson scored seven of his points late in the fourth quarter, hitting a 3-pointer for the 12th and final lead change of a tight final period. He followed that with a long jumper that made it 84-80 with under two minutes remaining.

Brian Cardinal added 14 points and Lorenzen Wright 11 for the Grizzlies, who played more than half the game without Mike Miller, who was in foul trouble. The Grizzlies also were without Jason Williams (right ankle), Stromile Swift (left ankle), Bonzi Wells (back) and Pau Gasol (left foot).

Rockets 108, Trail Blazers 77

HOUSTON — David Wesley and Bob Sura scored 21 points each to lead the Houston Rockets to a their sixth straight win.

Houston, which had its largest margin of victory this season, took the lead midway through the first quarter with a 10-2 run, and Portland never threatened again.

It was the Rockets' first game back home after sweeping a four-game road trip over some of the best teams in the West, including Phoenix and Seattle.

Tracy McGrady added 19 points and six assists and Yao Ming had 13 points and seven rebounds.

Nuggets 120, Bobcats 101

DENVER — Carmelo Anthony bounced back from his benching, scoring 25 points in just 21 minutes.

Anthony, who spent the final 17 minutes of Sunday's loss to Phoenix on the bench, spent the final 14 minutes watching this one, but for a different reason. He went 10-for-16 to help Denver put the game out of reach early.

The Nuggets shot 54 percent to hit the 120-point mark for the first time this season.

Keith Bogans had 19 points and Emeka Okafor had 17 points and eight rebounds for Charlotte.

Spurs 89, Timberwolves 73

SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan scored 25 points and Robert Horry added 18, his highest total in his two seasons in San Antonio.

The Spurs, playing a fourth straight game without swingman Manu Ginobili, made 12 of their first 15 shots to quickly open a double-digit lead they maintained for most of the game.

San Antonio shot 70 percent in the first quarter and 35 percent after that, but the Timberwolves managed only 39 percent for the game. The Spurs made half of their 14 3-pointers and committed only eight turnovers, compared to 20 turnovers for Minnesota.

Clippers 110, Magic 102

LOS ANGELES — Corey Maggette shrugged off a sore left wrist and scored 31 points, extending the Magic's losing streak to a season-high six games.

Chris Kaman had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who improved to 29-35 and eclipsed last season's win total. They did it despite coughing up most of a 22-point lead they had with 8:31 remaining.

Rookie Dwight Howard had 29 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who have dropped nine of 12 and are two games under .500 for the first time this season. The loss dropped Orlando into a tie with idle Philadelphia for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.



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