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Hornets upend Orlando

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2002

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Baron Davis wasn't stopped by having a game-winning basket taken away in the last second of regulation.

Instead, he finished with a triple-double and scored nine of his 33 points in overtime, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Orlando Magic 110-100 for a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series Saturday.

Davis appeared to have won the game in regulation on a buzzer-beating, banked 3-pointer following an inbounds pass with 0.7 seconds remaining. However, official Bernie Fryer waved off the score and refused to be swayed by the Hornets' vehement protests.

Television replays were conclusive that Davis got the shot off before time expired.

But Fryer explained after the game that the officiating crew conferred before the inbounds pass and agreed that a catch, turn and shot by a player would not be allowed in the allotted time.

Davis also had 14 rebounds and 10 assists as Charlotte got within one victory of winning the best-of-five series. The Hornets can advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a victory in Game 4 Tuesday night in Orlando.

For Orlando, Tracy McGrady scored 20 of his 37 points in the first half, and his 3-pointer with 1:13 left in regulation sent the game into overtime.

Kings 90, Jazz 87

SALT LAKE CITY -- Mike Bibby scored 26 points and Peja Stojakovic had 21 as Sacramento defeated Utah, giving the Kings a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

In both of their playoff losses, the Jazz made a late gaffe. In Game 1, Scott Padgett tried to tip in a 3-pointer when Utah trailed by three.

This time, Bryon Russell missed a layup attempt that would have closed the Jazz to 88-87 in the final minute. But Russell put too much spin on the ball, and it went straight up and down in front of the hoop.

Hedo Turkoglu went up and grabbed it, and Doug Christie shot 2-for-4 from the foul line in the final 17.3 seconds as the Kings barely hung on.

The Kings played another ugly game, shooting 35 percent and committing 20 turnovers, but it didn't matter when Rusty LaRue's two 3-pointers in the final 8 seconds failed to drop for Utah.

Karl Malone scored 23 points, Donyell Marshall had 16 and John Stockton added 15 for the Jazz. But Utah hurt itself by allowing the Kings to enjoy a 55-29 rebounding advantage, including 16 offensive boards by Sacramento.

Chris Webber was in foul trouble, but had 18 points and 13 rebounds. Stojakovic had 11 rebounds.

The Kings can wrap up the series in Game 4 on Monday night.

Spurs 102, SuperSonics 75

SEATTLE -- Tim Duncan had 27 points and 13 rebounds and rookie guard Tony Parker added 23 points as the Spurs took a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Game 4 of the best-of-five series will be played in Seattle on Wednesday night.

Gary Payton, Seattle's eight-time All-Star point guard, couldn't handle Parker on defense, but led the Sonics with 20 points.

Parker was 10-for-15 from the field and had five rebounds and four assists.

Robinson, who injured his back before a game in Detroit on April 12, did not play in his second straight playoff game. He played only seven minutes in Game 1.

The Spurs outscored Seattle 34-18 in the second quarter, limiting the Sonics to 7-for-24 shooting in taking a 57-39 halftime lead.

Raptors 94, Pistons 84

TORONTO -- Antonio Davis was 14-of-19 from the field and scored 30 points as Toronto avoided being eliminated from the playoffs.

Keon Clark added 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting, Alvin Williams scored 17 and Chris Childs had 12 points and 10 assists in his second consecutive start. The Raptors led by as many as 20 points and withstood a 10-0 run by the Pistons in the fourth quarter to force a Game 4 in the best-of-five first-round series. It will be Monday night at the Air Canada Centre.

Detroit's Jerry Stackhouse missed his first seven shots, was scoreless in the first half and finished with 11 points on 2-for-10 shooting.



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