Expansion Bobcats pull shocker on Heat

Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2005


  Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal (32) dunks during the first quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, March 26, 2005. AP Photo/Chuck Burton

Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal (32) dunks during the first quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, March 26, 2005.

AP Photo/Chuck Burton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Primoz Brezec had a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to one of their most surprising wins of the season, a 94-92 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night.

With Charlotte up 94-91, Jason Hart fouled Miami star Dwyane Wade, who went to the line and made his first free throw with 4 seconds to play. He missed the second and got his own rebound, but his 3-pointer from the corner missed at the buzzer.

Gerald Wallace added 17 points for Charlotte and Emeka Okafor had 12 before leaving with a sprained left ankle late in the third quarter. Brevin Knight had 16 assists.

Shaquille O'Neal led the Heat with 26 points and 16 rebounds, and Wade finished with 19 points. Miami (53-17) leads the NBA's overall standings, a half-game in front of Phoenix. The Heat beat the Suns 125-115 on Friday night in Miami.

Suns 118, Magic 116

ORLANDO, Fla. — Shawn Marion had 27 points and 14 rebounds, Joe Johnson added 26 points, and Steve Nash had 23 points and 12 assists for Phoenix.

Grant Hill led Orlando with 26 points, DeShawn Stevenson added 22, and Steve Francis, playing for the first time following a three-game suspension, had 17 points and nine assists. The Magic have lost 10 of their last 11 games.

Timberwolves 96, Nets 75

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sam Cassell scored 23 points in just 22 minutes, and Kevin Garnett had 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Minnesota.

Cassell, who has missed eight of 13 games this month and 23 of the last 39 because of a hamstring injury, shot 10-for-13 and had four rebounds and three assists.

Raptors 109, Hawks 104

ATLANTA — Chris Bosh scored 32 points and Jalen Rose added 26 to help Toronto snap a four-game road losing streak.

Tony Delk led Atlanta with 21 points.

Pistons 105, Celtics 99, OT

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Rasheed Wallace had seven of his season-high 31 points in overtime to help Detroit end a three-game losing streak.

Detroit guard Richard Hamilton scored 22 points after missing the last three games with an ankle injury, and coach Larry Brown missed his eighth straight game while recuperating from hip surgery.

Hornets 96, Grizzlies 85

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — J.R. Smith scored a career-high 33 points in New Orleans' first victory of the season over a Southwest Division rival.

Smith connected on 13-of-18 shots, including 6-of-9 3-pointers, as the Hornets snapped a four-game losing streak. The victory prevented the Hornets, who entered the game 0-14 against Southwest opponents, from becoming the first team in league history to lose all of their division games.

Bulls 100, Pacers 96

CHICAGO — Eddy Curry scored a season-high 27 points and Chicago won its fifth straight game, beating Indiana.

Curry was nearly perfect in the first half, scoring 22 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. He scored 14 of the team's first 19 points, capped off by a spin move and baseline dunk to make it 19-7 with 5:59 left. Curry finished the game with a team-high 27 points.

Mavericks 117, Cavaliers 86

DALLAS — Michael Finley scored 26 points, making all eight of his 3-pointers, and Dallas beat Cleveland for its largest margin of victory this season.

Keith Van Horn added 23 points and Jason Terry had 14 as six Mavericks reached double figures. While Dirk Nowitzki had an offnight shooting (3-for-12 for 11 points), he had 14 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Jazz 94, Bucks 89

SALT LAKE CITY — Raja Bell scored a season-high 23 points to help Utah coach Jerry Sloan move past Red Auerbach for sixth place on the career victory list with 939.

With the loss, the Bucks finished the season 0-15 on the road against Western Conference teams.

Kris Humphries added a career-high 17 points for the Jazz.

Nuggets 113, Kings 99

DENVER — Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and Denver won its sixth straight game to improve to 21-5 under coach George Karl and move within a game of Memphis for the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.

Peja Stojakovic led Sacramento with 28 points.

Trail Blazers 103, Knicks 96

PORTLAND, Ore. — Damon Stoudamire had 25 points and Portland beat New York, winning for only the second time since Kevin Pritchard took over as coach.

Tim Thomas had 30 points and Stephon Marbury added 21 points and 11 assists for the Knicks.

, who continue to struggle on the road. New York, which has lost 16 of its last 18 road games, fell five games behind idle Philadelphia for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 17 points and Ruben Patterson had 16 for the Blazers, who broke a seven-game losing streak and improved to 2-11 since interim coach Pritchard replaced Maurice Cheeks on March 2.

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