Nash's dishes help Dallas down Nets

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Steve Nash had 15 points and a season-high 16 assists and the Dallas Mavericks came up with two big defensive plays in the final 18.8 seconds to post a 101-98 win over the undermanned New Jersey Nets on Sunday.

Dirk Nowitzki blocked a shot underneath the basket by Nets center Jason Collins, seconds after hitting a fadeaway jumper that gave the Mavericks a 99-98 lead with 26.8 seconds left.

Nash, who had a big turnover in the final minute to keep the Nets' hopes afloat of an upset without Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin, made the second defensive play with 5.4 seconds to go.

Guarding Lucious Harris in front of the Mavericks' bench with Dallas still up a point, Nash tipped the inbounds pass and Marquis Daniels picked it off.

Nowitzki finished with 21 points and Antawn Jamison had 20 for the Mavericks.

Richard Jefferson had 22 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for New Jersey.

Warriors 96, Clippers 85

LOS ANGELES Jason Richardson had 28 points and nine rebounds and the Golden State beat an injury-ravaged Los Angeles lineup.

Erick Dampier had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Warriors, whose fourth straight victory matched their longest winning streak of the season following a season-worst nine consecutive losses.

Los Angeles was missing four of its five starters. Elton Brand, the only healthy Clipper averaging more than 7.1 points, finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Heat 101, Wizards 81

WASHINGTON The Miami Heat ran their season-best winning streak to five, blowing the game open in the third quarter to beat Washington.

Dwyane Wade scored 22 points to lead six Heat players in double figures as Miami broke a three-game road losing streak and held on to sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Six different players scored the first 14 points of a 31-9 run that began late in the first half and extended more than eight minutes into the third quarter. Miami shot 68 percent in the third period and led by as many as 25.

Steve Blake scored a career-high 21 points for the Wizards, who failed yet again to get their first three-game winning streak of the season. Washington had won two straight after losing seven in a row.

Timberwolves 98, Nuggets 77

MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett had 20 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, and Sam Cassell and Wally Szczerbiak added 18 points each to lead Minnesota past Denver.

With Troy Hudson not in uniform because of a sore right ankle, Garnett spelled Cassell at point guard. No stranger to assists, Garnett became just the 17th player in NBA history to reach 13,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists with his performance Sunday.

Carmelo Anthony was shadowed for most of the game by defensive stopper Trenton Hassell and scored just 13 points, eight below his average, on 6-for-22 shooting.

Pistons 96, Cavaliers 76

CLEVELAND Chauncey Billups had 18 points and Detroit held Cleveland to a season-low 31 points in the first half en route to its eighth straight win.

LeBron James shot poorly for his second straight game 5-for-17 for 15 points. Carlos Boozer led the Cavaliers with 21 points and 17 rebounds.

Richard Hamilton had 14 points and Ben Wallace had two points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Raptors 121, Hornets 120, OT

NEW ORLEANS Vince Carter finished a 42-point, 12-rebound performance with a go-ahead 3-pointer and a pair of game-sealing free throws in Toronto's overtime victory over New Orleans.

Carter also hit one of two 3s that Toronto needed as it erased a 107-99 deficit over the final 2:36 of regulation to force overtime.

Jamaal Magloire had 23 points 15 on free throws and 18 rebounds for New Orleans, which set an NBA season high for free throws attempted with 60. But New Orleans missed 14, including one by Magloire with 34 seconds left in overtime, leaving New Orleans up 117-116.

Kings 100, Rockets 95

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Peja Stojakovic scored 29 points, and Chris Webber capped a terrible shooting game (4-for-18) with a key assist and a steal in Sacramento's come-from-behind victory over Houston.

Mike Bibby had 18 points and seven assists for the Kings (51-19), who nudged ahead of Indiana (50-19) for the NBA's best record despite trailing for most of the first 3 1/2 quarters. Sacramento closed with an 18-7 run in its sixth straight home victory.

Vlade Divac scored five of his 17 points in the final two minutes, including his first 3-pointer of the season with 41 seconds left.

Maurice Taylor scored 23 points and Steve Francis had 17 for the Rockets, who lost their 10th straight game in Sacramento and third straight overall. Yao Ming had 11 points and nine rebounds before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter.

SuperSonics 84, Magic 67

SEATTLE Ray Allen scored 22 points and Vitaly Potapenko added a season-high 21, leading Seattle over lowly Orlando.

Rashard Lewis had 18 points and Vladimir Radmanovic 12 as the Sonics won their season-high fifth straight. Brent Barry went scoreless but had a season-high 12 assists, and Reggie Evans matched a season-high with 10 rebounds despite sitting out the fourth quarter.

Lakers 104, Bucks 103, OT

LOS ANGELES Shaquille O'Neal had 31 points, an NBA season-high 26 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and Kobe Bryant made the winning jumper with 25.1 seconds left in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over Milwaukee.

Keith Van Horn, who had a season-high 32 points and nine rebounds, missed on a driving shot with about five seconds left.

Bryant had 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists; Gary Payton had 16 points and six assists and Karl Malone added 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

O'Neal shot 14-of-16 and his rebound total surpassed the previous season-high of 25 by Minnesota's Kevin Garnett at Sacramento on Dec. 5 in another overtime game.

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