Nets rip Rockets, run winning streak to four

Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2003

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Richard Jefferson had 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double, and Dikembe Mutombo delivered an elbow to Yao Ming's throat as the New Jersey Nets won their fourth in a row Monday night, 110-86 over the Houston Rockets.

Jefferson, selected the NBA's player of the week earlier in the day, led the team in scoring for the third consecutive game as the Nets overcame the absence of Kenyon Martin (sprained knee) and avenged one of their most embarrassing losses of the season.

76ers 118, Magic 113, OT

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Allen Iverson scored 14 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Philadelphia 76ers clinched their fifth straight playoff berth.

Kenny Thomas had 24 points and 20 rebounds for his fifth double-double in the last six games, while Derrick Coleman added 18 points and 13 rebounds. Philadelphia had a 61-38 advantage on the boards, including a 24-12 margin in the final quarter and overtime.

Bucks 91, Heat 86

MIAMI -- Sam Cassell and Gary Payton each scored 20 points and the Milwaukee Bucks closed with a 17-6 run over the final 4 1/2 minutes.

The win gives the Bucks a one-game lead over the Washington Wizards for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Cassell scored 12 of his points in the fourth quarter, when Milwaukee held off the Heat.

Reserve Eddie House scored a season-high 21 points for the Heat. Brian Grant scored 15 points and had 17 rebounds.

Lakers 110, Grizzlies 94

LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal had 34 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots, and Kobe Bryant added 29 points as the Los Angeles Lakers won for the eighth time in 11 games. The Lakers are in seventh place in the Western Conference with eight games remaining, but could get as high as fourth. They trail Utah by a half-game, Minnesota by 2 1/2 and Portland by three.

Pau Gasol led Memphis with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Wesley Person added 20 points and Lorenzen Wright had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies (26-48), who lost their fourth straight game.

The Lakers put the game away by scoring six straight points for an 85-70 lead with 9:04 remaining. The Grizzlies never got closer than 10 points after that.

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