Hornets snap Pistons' win streak

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2004

NEW ORLEANS Jamaal Magloire's last-second jumper gave the New Orleans Hornets an 82-81 victory over Detroit on Tuesday night, snapping the Pistons' eight-game winning streak.

Chauncey Billups made a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to put Detroit ahead. The Hornets responded by going inside to Magloire, whose first shot was blocked out of bounds by Ben Wallace with 5.3 seconds left.

On the inbounds play, David Wesley went up for a perimeter jumper and Wallace blocked that shot, too, but Magloire grabbed the ball out of the air, turned and swished a jumper. He was mobbed by teammates while several Pistons collapsed onto the court.

Timberwolves 86, Spurs 81

MINNEAPOLIS Sam Cassell had a triple-double despite being guarded by defensive specialist Bruce Bowen, and Minnesota extended its Midwest Division lead to three games.

Cassell had 14 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the third triple-double of his career and his first this season. He shot just 2-for-11 from the floor but went 10-for-11 from the free throw line, including four crucial foul shots in the final two minutes.

Kevin Garnett scored 27 points and Latrell Sprewell added 20 as the Wolves won their third straight and extended their lead over the Spurs to three games.

Nets 84, Bulls 81

CHICAGO Lucious Harris started for the injured Jason Kidd and scored 19 points with three key fourth-quarter baskets.

Richard Jefferson led the Nets with 20 points, and he and Harris each had 10 rebounds.

The Nets broke a three-game losing streak and are now 1-2 without injured stars Kidd and Kenyon Martin, both of whom have knee injuries.

Jamal Crawford scored 34 points to lead Chicago but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied the game.

Grizzlies 95, Raptors 86

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Pau Gasol scored 29 points, Stromile Swift added 21 points and 13 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies forced the Toronto Raptors to miss two-thirds of their shots.

Gasol shot 10-of-16 as Memphis won for the 10th time in 12 games.

Vince Carter, who led Toronto with 30 points, keyed a fourth-quarter rally, but the Raptors could get no closer than six on two occasions. Toronto's 33 percent shooting was a season-low for a Memphis opponent.

Suns 103, Cavaliers 86

CLEVELAND Joe Johnson tied a career-high with 31 points and the Phoenix Suns hurt Cleveland's playoff hopes.

It was the third straight loss for the Cavaliers, whose lead over Boston for eighth place in the Eastern Conference was cut to a half-game.

LeBron James nearly pulled Cleveland back into it several times, scoring 19 second-half points. But Johnson and Amare Stoudemire made key baskets each time the Cavaliers started to gain momentum.

Jazz 85, Wizards 77

SALT LAKE CITY Andrei Kirilenko was all over the stat sheet and engineered a scintillating fourth-quarter sequence that led the Utah Jazz past the Washington Wizards.

Kirilenko had 19 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, seven blocked shots and four steals as the Jazz moved half-game ahead of Denver for eighth place in the Western Conference.

Late the fourth quarter, the Jazz had scored just two points in a five-minute span and the Wizards closed to 74-71 on Etan Thomas's follow shot. Kirilenko made a 3-pointer and blocked Larry Hughes, leading to Giricek's layup.

After keeping the ball alive with three tips on a missed shot, Kirilenko made three of four free throws to clinch the win Utah's sixth in eight games.

Bucks 112, Kings 101

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Michael Redd scored 26 points and Keith Van Horn had 22 points and 11 rebounds as Milwaukee ended Sacramento's 29-game home winning streak against Eastern Conference teams.

Milwaukee, which had lost five straight and eight of nine, handed the Kings their 20th loss of the season and knocked them a half-game behind Indiana for the league's best record.

Milwaukee, which shot 51 percent and outrebounded the Kings 44-36, raced out to a 15-3 lead and never trailed. Joe Smith had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks, who scored eight straight points to take a 98-88 lead with 6:14 remaining.



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