Spurs dig in Mavericks

Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2002

SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan made an 18-foot jumper with two seconds left and finished with 33 points, leading the San Antonio Spurs to an 89-87 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

The Spurs moved within a half-game of the Midwest Division-leading Mavericks. Dallas (52-23) has seven games remaining, while San Antonio (52-24) has six.

Antonio Daniels scored 13 points for the Spurs. Danny Ferry added 11 and Bruce Bowen 10. David Robinson had nine points and 13 rebounds.

Nick Van Exel led Dallas with 27 points, including 19 in the second half. Dirk Nowitzki finished with 26 points and 21 rebounds, and Michael Finley added 18 points.

Cavaliers 120, Bulls 101

CLEVELAND -- Andre Miller had 23 points and 16 assists, leading the Cleveland past Chicago, the Cavaliers' second victory in nine games.

Miller had 14 points and four assists as the Cavaliers extended their lead to 29 points in the third quarter.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 16 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland.

Jalen Rose scored 18 of his 30 points in the third quarter as Chicago's losing streak reached nine games. The Bulls have lost 17 of 18.

Timberwolves 108, Suns 104

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett had 32 points and 11 rebounds to lead Minnesota to a victory over Phoenix.

Chauncey Billups had 19 points and 11 assists for the Timberwolves. Wally Szczerbiak added 19 points.

Shawn Marion scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half for the Suns, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

Stephon Marbury started the game on the bench because of a sore left ankle, but finished with 23 points. Jake Voskuhl scored a career-high 20 for the Suns, whose reserves outscored their starters 61-43.

Wizards 88, Grizzlies 85

WASHINGTON -- Chris Whitney made two free throws with 13.4 seconds left, and Jason Williams missed two 3-pointers -- including a wide open look from the baseline at the buzzer -- as Washington broke a four-game losing streak with a victory over Memphis.

The victory, the first for the Wizards since Michael Jordan announced he was out for the season, moved Washington within three games of Indiana and Toronto, who are tied for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Richard Hamilton and Courtney Alexander scored 15 points apiece, and Whitney had seven points and six assists for the Wizards.

Pau Gasol scored 16 points, and Williams had 15 points and 11 assists for the Grizzlies.

Hornets 93, Hawks 86

ATLANTA -- Jamal Mashburn scored 25 points and Charlotte overcame a poor shooting performance by Baron Davis to beat Atlanta.

Charlotte, which has won three straight and four of five, moved within a half-game of fourth-place Orlando in the Eastern Conference standings.

P.J. Brown had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Hornets, who have won eight of their last nine against Atlanta. Davis scored just five points on 2-for-15 shooting.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim led the Hawks with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Jason Terry scored 19 for Atlanta, and Ira Newble added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Trail Blazers 113, Warriors 86

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Derek Anderson scored 19 points and Rasheed Wallace added 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 113-86 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

Shawn Kemp had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a reserve role for the Blazers, who remained one game behind fifth-place Minnesota in the Western Conference playoff race.

Antawn Jamison led the Warriors with 19 points. Adonal Foyle added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Danny Fortson had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Anderson, starting in place of the injured Bonzi Wells, scored 17 points in the first half to lead the Blazers to a 17-point halftime lead.

Wells, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee exactly one year ago Saturday against the Warriors in Oakland, sat out with soreness in the knee.

Portland led by as many as 26 points in the third before the Warriors clawed back into contention.

But the Blazers seized control with a 16-8 run in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter.

Erick Barkley, playing his first game since February, had a career-high 12 points for the Blazers. Scottie Pippen scored 16 points, Ruben Patterson added 12 and six Blazers scored in double figures.

Larry Hughes, who sat out the first half, scored 10 points for Golden State.

Led primarily by their reserves, the Blazers opened a 17-point halftime lead. Portland had a 10-0 run in the second quarter and outscored the Warriors 31-18 in the period.

Patterson, Kemp, Barkley and Steve Kerr combined for 16 points in the period for Portland, while Anderson added seven.

Golden State, which held a lead in the first quarter, was hurt by eight turnovers in the second period.

Portland had 10 offensive rebounds in the first half and scored 12 second-chance points. The Warriors had just five offensive rebounds and did not score a second-chance point.

Portland outrebounded Golden State 54-39 overall and improved to 25-5 when scoring more than 100 points.

Notes: Portland and Golden State split the season series with each team winning twice on its home court. ... The Blazers activated Barkley and center Ruben Boumtje Boumtje before the game. Guard Rick Brunson (sore left knee) and forward Zach Randolph (right hip contusion) were placed on the injured list to make room. ... The Blazers are 8-6 since having their 12-game win streak snapped. ... Wells wasn't expected to return to the Blazers until mid-December after surgery on his knee, but played in the opener and tied his career high in minutes played the next night at home against Golden State.

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