Spurs secure fifth straight victory

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2004

 

  Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James dunks during the first quarter of their game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday, Nov.18, 2004, in Charlotte, N.C. AP Photo/Rick Havner

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James dunks during the first quarter of their game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday, Nov.18, 2004, in Charlotte, N.C.

AP Photo/Rick Havner

PHILADELPHIA Tim Duncan scored a season-high 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to their fifth straight victory, 88-80 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.

Allen Iverson scored 24, Kyle Korver had 17 and Corliss Williamson added 15 for the Sixers, who set a dubious team record by scoring just 6 points in the first quarter.

Rasho Nesterovic had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Manu Ginobili scored 17 for San Antonio, which had lost four in a row in Philadelphia since winning on Nov. 22, 1999. The Spurs improved to 7-1, their best start since the 1991-92 season.

Philadelphia finished its five-game homestand with two consecutive losses after winning the first three games.

Cavaliers 106, Bobcats 89

CHARLOTTE, N.C. LeBron James helped break the game open late in the second quarter by driving baseline for a windmill dunk, one of three crowd-pleasers among James' 19 points.

It was the fifth consecutive victory for the Cavaliers and moved them two games over .500 for the first time since 1999 James' freshman year in high school.

Jeff McInnis scored 18 points for Cleveland, Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 16 and Newble scored 11.

Jason Kapono, a former Cavalier selected by Charlotte in the expansion draft, led the Bobcats with 16 points. Keith Bogans had 14 and Melvin Ely added 10.

Knicks 93, Rockets 92

HOUSTON Jamal Crawford banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the New York Knicks to their first road win of the season.

Crawford finished with 19 points, going 5-of-11 from the 3-point arc, and Kurt Thomas added 23 points and 14 rebounds to hand the Rockets their fourth loss in five games.

New York, which ends a four-game trip against Dallas on Friday, came back from an 11-point deficit to start the fourth quarter, getting plenty of clutch baskets from Crawford and Thomas down the stretch.

Tracy McGrady led the Rockets with 24 points and Yao Ming added 23 points and 11 rebounds.



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