Kidd rocks as Nets top 76ers

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2002

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd had 19 points and 17 assists as the New Jersey Nets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 102-92 to stretch their home winning streak to 11 games.

Kenyon Martin returned from a two-game suspension and had 18 points, including a huge 3-pointer in the fourth quarter as the Nets beat the defending conference champions for the second time in four days.

Hornets 93, Cavaliers 85

CLEVELAND -- Baron Davis had 20 points and a career-high 17 assists as the Hornets moved into a tie with Philadelphia for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Hornets won for the eighth time in nine games and pulled within a half-game of second-place Milwaukee in the Central Division.

Lee Nailon scored seven points of his 10 points in a 16-4 run that turned a 72-69 deficit into an 85-76 lead.

Grizzlies 105, Warriors 99

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Pau Gasol had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Jason Williams added 22 points and a career-high 19 assists.

Gasol was 12-of-18 from the field, scoring 20 points in the second half. Williams was 9-of-21 from the field, and his assists were a franchise record.

The Warriors almost erased a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter as Jason Richardson scored nine of his 14 points in the last 5:14. His three-point play with just under a minute left cut the Memphis advantage to 101-99.

Nuggets 100, Bulls 84

CHICAGO -- Juwan Howard scored 23 points, and reserve Zendon Hamilton added a career-high 20.

Reserve Voshon Lenard had 17 points and Calbert Cheaney added 16 for the Nuggets, who had lost 11 of their previous 12 road games.

Suns 90, Rockets 88

HOUSTON -- Shawn Marion scored 26 points, including two free throws with five seconds to play. Jake Tsakalidis sealed the win by blocking Cuttino Mobley's layup attempt at the final buzzer.

Houston overcame poor shooting in the first three quarters to make a game of it late. A 16-4 run, led by four points each from Steve Francis, Mobley and Kenny Thomas, gave the Rockets their first lead since the first two minutes of the game -- 81-80 with 4:57 to play.

SuperSonics 92, Trail Blazers 87

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Brent Barry scored 22 points and Gary Payton drove for the go-ahead layup with 2:11 left.

Jerome James added 10 rebounds and made a key defensive play late for the Sonics, who have won four straight and have defeated two of the Western Conference's better teams on successive nights. They beat San Antonio in Seattle the night before.

Jazz 105, Clippers 92

LOS ANGELES -- John Stockton had 16 points and 14 assists as the Utah Jazz beat the Clippers to move closer to wrapping up the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The win, Utah's 13th in a row over the Clippers, gave the Jazz a 4 1/2-game edgepad over ninth-place Los Angeles in the West standings.

The Jazz (41-32) have nine regular-season games remaining and Los Angeles (37-37) has eight.

Bryon Russell scored 19 points to lead six Utah scorers in double figures, and Karl Malone added 16 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Michael Olowokandi led the Clippers with 28 points.

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