Spurs rally to avoid ugly road loss to Wizards

Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2003

WASHINGTON Malik Rose scored 23 points, Tim Duncan had 17, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a lethargic start at the end of a road trip to beat the Washington Wizards 95-71 Saturday night.

Duncan and the Spurs were sloppy early on, but San Antonio's defense shut down Washington over the final three quarters to make the game a rout.

Duncan, who committed four turnovers in the first quarter, added 13 rebounds for the Spurs, who went 2-1 on their swing through New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington. Rose was 10-for-15 from the field, scoring 15 points in the second half.

Gilbert Arenas scored 14 points on 4-for-19 shooting to lead the Wizards, who have lost four straight.

Nets 100, Hawks 85

ATLANTA Kenyon Martin scored 11 of his 23 points in the third quarter, helping New Jersey pull away.

Winning his matchup with Hawks forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who was held to 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting, Martin was a force inside with 14 rebounds. Jason Kidd added 21 points and Richard Jefferson had 14 for New Jersey.

The Hawks led by seven points midway through the second period before a scoring drought cost them the lead. Jason Terry finished with 24 points, and Dion Glover and Nazr Mohammed each added 13 for Atlanta.

Pacers 95, Knicks 94

NEW YORK Jermaine O'Neal put back a miss with three seconds left and Reggie Miller looked like his old self at Madison Square Garden, scoring a season-high 31 points.

O'Neal made up for an otherwise poor game by grabbing Anthony Johnson's missed 3-pointer and hitting a short jumper over Dikembe Mutombo for the win.

Miller, who didn't have a 30-point game last season, scored 18 points in the first half and made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Pacers rebounded from a dreadful third quarter to hand the Knicks their fourth straight loss.

Cavaliers 91, 76ers 88, OT

CLEVELAND Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 28 points and had a key putback, assist and block in overtime as the Cavaliers snapped a 16-game losing streak against Philadelphia.

Rookie LeBron James had 22 points, eight assists, five rebounds and a huge block with 11 seconds left in overtime. The 7-foot-3 Ilgauskas added eight rebounds and a career-high seven assists for the Cavs, who hadn't beaten the Sixers since April 2, 1999 at Philadelphia.

The Sixers played without their starting frontcourt for the second straight game as Derrick Coleman, Glenn Robinson and Kenny Thomas all sat out with injuries. Allen Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, had 19 points on 8-of-29 shooting.

Hornets 101, Trail Blazers 79

NEW ORLEANS Baron Davis sparked a decisive run and finished with 23 points and eight assists to lift the Hornets over the Trail Blazers.

Darrell Armstrong came off the bench to add 20, including four 3-pointers, and had three of his team's 10 steals as the Hornets snapped Portland's three-game winning streak and dropped the Blazers to 0-3 on the road.

Steve Smith scored 13 for the Hornets to help New Orleans' reserves score 37 points. New Orleans, shooting and making 3-pointers at a franchise-record pace under new coach Tim Floyd, were 9-of-19 from long range.

SuperSonics 98, Bulls 90

CHICAGO Rashard Lewis scored 27 points and Ronald ''Flip'' Murray added 26 Saturday night, helping the Seattle SuperSonics earn their third victory on a tough four-game road trip.

With Michael Jordan sitting at midcourt four rows off the floor and clapping for his former team, the Bulls fell to 1-6 at home. Jalen Rose led Chicago with 19 points.

Seattle made 13 of 27 shots from 3-point range, including five by Murray.

Murray, who has scored at least 20 in seven of the Sonics' eight games, had 15 points in the third quarter, hitting four 4-pointers.

Grizzlies 108, Mavericks 101, OT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Mike Miller had 22 points, including six in overtime, and Jason Williams added 20 points and nine assists.

The Grizzlies opened the extra period with seven straight points. Dallas got within three, 102-99, on Antawn Jamison's layup with 2:04 to play, but Memphis never let the Mavericks get closer.

The victory was the third straight for Memphis, which already has home wins over Dallas, San Antonio and the Lakers. It also snapped an 11-game Mavericks winning streak in the series.

Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley had 19 points each for the Mavericks.

Bucks 100, Jazz 95

MILWAUKEE Michael Redd scored 25 points in a matchup of teams off to surprisingly decent starts.

Redd scored 19 points in the second half, and Milwaukee used a 13-0 run in the middle of the fourth quarter to pull away. The Bucks also got 17 points from Tim Thomas, who shot 7-of-11 from the field to go with six rebounds.

Carlos Arroyo, who scored a career-high 30 points at Minnesota on Friday, finished with 21 points for Utah. Matt Harpring added 19.

Pistons 100, Suns 91

PHOENIX Richard Hamilton scored 27 points and Chauncey Billups had 12 of his 24 in the fourth quarter to help snap the Pistons' three-game losing streak.

Billups broke an 84-84 tie on a 3-pointer with 2:16 left in the game and made another 29 seconds later.

Ben Wallace had 13 points and 16 rebounds and made a huge play with 55 seconds left, tipping Casey Jacobsen's inbounds pass away from Amare Stoudemire and toward Detroit's end of the floor. Wallace retrieved the ball, and it eventually wound up in Hamilton's hands for a layup that made it 95-88 with 48 seconds to play.

Clippers 95, Magic 92

LOS ANGELES Quentin Richardson's 31 points and nine rebounds and Corey Maggette's 17 points helped the Los Angeles Clippers send the Orlando Magic to their ninth straight loss.

Marko Jaric had 15 points off the bench for the Clippers, who are 4-0 since losing a season-opening two-game set to the Seattle SuperSonics in Japan. It's their first four-game winning streak since March 2002.

Juwan Howard scored 22 points and Tracy McGrady had 19 for the Magic (1-9), off to the worst start in the team's 15-year history. The losing streak is their second-longest behind a 17-game drought during 1991-92, the season before they drafted Shaquille O'Neal.

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