Rockets rock 76ers

Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2003

PHILADELPHIA Cuttino Mobley scored 19 points, and Yao Ming and Jim Jackson each added 12 to lead the Houston Rockets to a 74-66 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

The Rockets, who won for the seventh time in nine games, took a lead late in the first quarter and never trailed again. They led by as many as 15 in the fourth.

Knicks 89, Celtics 86

NEW YORK Michael Doleac scored the Knicks' final four points and grabbed eight of his nine rebounds while playing the entire fourth quarter, helping New York defeat Boston.

Doleac, subbing for starting center Dikembe Mutombo, hit the Knicks' final shot from the field with 1:55 left, and his two free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining provided the final margin. Paul Pierce missed an off-balance 3-pointer on Boston's last possession.

Wizards 106, Hawks 97

ATLANTA Jarvis Hayes keyed a fourth-quarter run with a go-ahead 3-pointer and Washington snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Atlanta.

Larry Hughes led the Wizards with 26 points, and Gilbert Arenas added 23. Washington outscored the Hawks 30-19 down the stretch, started by the 3 from Hayes.

Mavericks 105, Trail Blazers 98

DALLAS Dirk Nowitzki overcame a slow start to energize a third-quarter rally, and Steve Nash had his first career triple-double to lead Dallas past Portland.

Nowitzki, who made his first two shots and then went more than 27 minutes without scoring again, had 20 points and eight rebounds. Nash had 14 points, 12 assists and a career-high 10 rebounds, the final one coming in the closing seconds and drawing a loud roar from fans.

Jazz 90, Magic 88

SALT LAKE CITY Andrei Kirilenko scored 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, Matt Harpring had 14 points and 19 rebounds and Utah extended Orlando's losing streak to 10 straight games.

Greg Ostertag had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Carlos Arroyo had 16 points and five assists for the Jazz, who remained unbeaten at home.

Tracy McGrady finished with 29 points to lead the Magic, but had just three points in the final quarter on four shots. McGrady missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have snapped the Magic's losing streak.

Juwan Howard added 21 points for Orlando, which hasn't won since opening night.



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