Minus McGrady, Magic can't match Mavs

Posted: Monday, March 29, 2004

ORLANDO, Fla. Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and nine rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 118-88 victory Sunday over the Orlando Magic, who were without Tracy McGrady and have lost eight straight games.

Rookie Josh Howard had a season high-tying 19 points, 12 rebounds and five assists before fouling out, while Steve Nash added 12 points and 11 assists for Dallas, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

McGrady participated in pregame warmups but his sore left knee sidelined him for a second straight game.

Orlando's Drew Gooden had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the year, but just his third since Jan. 2.

Grizzlies 94, Raptors 88

TORONTO Pau Gasol had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Jason Williams scored eight points in the last three minutes to lead Memphis to their fifth straight win.

Stromile Swift added 18 points for the Grizzlies, who are looking for their first playoff berth in the franchise's nine-year history. Memphis improved to 47-26, good enough for fifth place in the Western Conference.

Vince Carter scored 16 points on 6-for-22 shooting as Toronto lost its fourth straight and dropped to 12th place in the Eastern Conference.

Rockets 111, Bucks 107, OT

MILWAUKEE Yao Ming finished with 27 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, and Houston overcame a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Milwaukee in overtime.

Milwaukee trailed 108-107 with 6 seconds left when Houston's Jim Jackson made two free throws after not being called for an apparent traveling violation on the inbounds pass. Michael Redd then was called for a line violation while inbounding and Steve Francis made one free throw for the final margin.

Francis finished wit 23 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Maurice Taylor and Cuttino Mobley each added 19 points for Houston.

Redd had 36 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for the Bucks while Joe Smith scored a season-high 25 points. Milwaukee was without Keith Van Horn, who sprained his left ankle and bruised his left calf Friday against Chicago.

Pacers 87, Heat 80

INDIANAPOLIS Jermaine O'Neal returned from a knee injury and had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead Indiana over Miami.

The All-Star forward made the start for Indiana after missing the past two games with a bruised left knee, injured in a win over the Chicago Bulls last Monday. O'Neal played 35 minutes, scoring 10 points in the third quarter.

Caron Butler, Eddie Jones and Dwyane Wade each scored 14 points for the Heat, which had their seven-game winning streak end.

Ron Artest added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers despite having to leave the game briefly with a sprained right ankle.

Celtics 89, 76ers 65

BOSTON Philadelphia set franchise records for fewest points in a half and in three quarters in a loss to Boston.

Another sign of Philadelphia's futility: it missed 65 shots while Boston took only 77.

The Celtics were led by Mark Blount, Ricky Davis and Jiri Welsch with 13 points each.

Kenny Thomas had 18 points for Philadelphia, which was playing without Allen Iverson for the fifth straight game. Kyle Korver added 15.

Kings 100, Wizards 92

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic had 29 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Sacramento Kings snap a two-game losing streak with a win over Washington.

Chris Webber made four straight free throws in the final 41 seconds to hold off the Wizards. He finished with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Mike Bibby scored 21 points and had seven assists, while Doug Christie added 14 points for Sacramento.

Gilbert Arenas scored 27 points, on 7-of-22 shooting for Washington, which has lost nine of 11. Larry Hughes added 18.

Warriors 105, Clippers 77

OAKLAND, Calif. Erick Dampier had 16 points and a career-high 25 rebounds to lead Golden State to its seventh straight win.

The seven-game winning streak is the Warriors longest since April 1994, when they won eight in a row.

Jason Richardson scored 20 points and rookie guard Mickael Pietrus added 17 as the Warriors handed the Clippers their eighth straight loss.

Dampier had his sixth game with at least 20 rebounds this season and the 25 boards were the most in a non-overtime game in the NBA so far this year.

Corey Maggette led Los Angeles with 21 points.

Lakers 91, Jazz 84

LOS ANGELES Karl Malone, playing against his former team for the first time, had 19 points and 13 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat Utah for their eighth straight victory.



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