Nets burn Lakers during stretch run

Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2002

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After blowing an early 19-point lead and falling behind by eight in the fourth quarter, New Jersey scored 16 of the game's final 22 points to defeat the Lakers.

Los Angeles played without Shaquille O'Neal, a last-minute scratch because of a sprained right wrist. Kobe Bryant scored 33 points and almost tied the game just before the final buzzer, bursting in from the 3-point line but missing a tip-in of a missed free throw by Rick Fox.

Kings 107, Pistons 86

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chris Webber, who would not talk about allegations he received financial aid from a booster before turning pro, had 28 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and two blocks for Sacramento.

Before the game, he refused to address allegations that he got $280,000 from a booster while he was a high school and college star in Michigan.

Hornets 97, Heat 90

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Baron Davis and Jamal Mashburn scored 22 points each, and all five of Charlotte's starters reached double figures against Miami.

The win kept the Hornets alive in their chase of homecourt advantage -- they are in a three-way tie with Milwaukee and Philadelphia for fifth place in the Eastern Conference and trail Orlando by 1 1/2 games for the fourth spot.

Raptors 117, Bulls 104

TORONTO -- Morris Peterson scored 26 points and Antonio Davis 25 as Toronto won its sixth straight game without Vince Carter.

Davis added 13 rebounds and four assists for the Raptors, who moved within a half-game of Indiana for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. Two of Toronto's final eight games are against the Pacers.

Jazz 99, Clippers 87

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone had 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and John Stockton added 11 points and nine assists for Utah.

The Jazz opened their lead over the Clippers for the eighth and final playoff Western Conference playoff spot to five games. Even better for Utah, seventh-place Seattle lost in San Antonio and the Jazz moved a half-game behind the Sonics.

76ers 89, Suns 83, OT

PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron McKie tied the game at the end of regulation time, then scored eight of his 22 points in overtime to lead Philadelphia.

Dikembe Mutombo had 16 points, and Matt Harpring 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for Philadelphia.

Bucks 105, Wizards 90

MILWAUKEE -- Glenn Robinson tied his season high with 38 points as Milwaukee beat Washington just hours after the Wizards' Michael Jordan went on the disabled list with a swollen right knee.

Jordan had scored 34 points in just 26 minutes the last time these teams met, a 107-98 Wizards' victory on March 29.

Timberwolves 92, Grizzlies 81

MINNEAPOLIS -- Chauncey Billups had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Minnesota over Memphis, securing a playoff spot for the Timberwolves for the sixth straight season.

With Kevin Garnett going 6-for-22 from the field, Billups -- who notched his first career triple-double -- picked up the slack in an otherwise lackluster effort by Minnesota.

Spurs 90, SuperSonics 88

SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker connected on his only basket of the game, a 16-foot jump shot with 7.1 seconds to play, giving San Antonio the victory.

Tim Duncan led the way with 30 points and 18 rebounds for San Antonio, which snapped a three-game losing streak. David Robinson added 20 points, while Steve Smith scored 19.

Seattle, which lost its second straight game, was led by Gary Payton with 24 points, while Vin Baker added 14.

Down 87-80, Seattle rallied to tie the game 88-88 on a jump shot by Jerome James with 1:52 to play.

Both teams struggled down the stretch before Parker connected on the winning shot. Seattle center Predrag Drobniak's five-foot jump shot was blocked by Duncan with 2.4 seconds remaining as San Antonio held on for the victory.

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