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Rockets' McGrady trips Clips in overtime

Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2004

LOS ANGELES Tracy McGrady scored five of his 32 points in overtime, helping the Houston Rockets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 91-86 on Saturday.

The Rockets, who had lost four of five, opened a four-game road trip with their seventh straight win over the Clippers. Yao Ming had 10 points and eight assists before fouling out. He is averaging 25.4 points in five home games, compared with 12.5 in six road games.

Bobby Simmons scored 20 points and was one of five Clippers in double figures. Elton Brand added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Jim Jackson sealed the victory with a 14-foot baseline jumper with 25.3 seconds left.

Jazz 92, Hawks 79

ATLANTA Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Utah pulled away in a victory over Atlanta.

Utah made 11 of 12 free throws in the final 4:18 to fend off a comeback attempt by Atlanta, which twice pulled within five points in the fourth quarter.

Mehmet Okur scored 18 points, and Andrei Kirilenko blocked seven shots and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Jazz, who went 2-2 on a four-game road trip against Eastern Conference teams.

Al Harrington led Atlanta with 17 points, followed by rookie Josh Childress' season-high 16.

Cavaliers 100, Bobcats 84

CLEVELAND LeBron James scored 25 points, Jeff McInnis added a season-high 24 and Cleveland won its sixth straight.

McInnis scored seven straight points during an 11-0 run late in the third quarter when the Cavaliers built an 18-point lead. McInnis had 12 points in the period.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 12 points 10 in the second half and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which beat the expansion Bobcats for the second time in three days.

Gerald Wallace had 15 points, and rookie Emeka Okafor 13 for Charlotte, which has lost six in a row.

The Cavaliers have only had two longer winning streaks since 1997. They won seven straight last season and reeled off 10 in a row in 1997.

Timberwolves 99, Hornets 94

NEW ORLEANS Eddie Griffin scored 23 points and Kevin Garnett had 20 despite a shoulder injury to lift Minnesota over winless New Orleans (0-8).

After New Orleans pulled within seven with less than two minutes remaining, Griffin demoralized the Hornets with a reverse jam after he picked up a loose ball under the basket.

Sam Cassell scored 12 first-half points and finished with 20 after attempting only four shots in Minnesota's previous game.

Wizards 97, Nets 86

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Larry Hughes scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and Washington earned its first victory in New Jersey since 1999.

Antawn Jamison added 27 points for Washington, which had lost eight straight in the Garden State.

Jarvis Hayes had seven of his 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Wizards snapped a four-game overall losing streak against New Jersey. The win was also the first for former Nets assistant and current Wizards coach Eddie Jordan against his old team.

Richard Jefferson had 22 points to lead New Jersey, which lost its fifth straight. Eric Williams added 16 points and Alonzo Mourning and Zoran Planinic 14 apiece for the dismantled Nets 1-6 at home.

Magic 86, Pacers 83

INDIANAPOLIS Limited to just six players one night after brawling with fans, Indiana lost to Orlando.

With leading scorers Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson suspended indefinitely by the NBA earlier in the day following an ugly fight with fans Friday in Detroit, the short-handed Pacers managed to stay close.

But Grant Hill made four free throws in the final 12 seconds and finished with 28 points for Orlando.

Fred Jones scored a career best 31 points and rookie David Harrison added 19 for the Pacers.

Before the game, the PA announcer reminded fans that anyone throwing objects or going onto the floor would be arrested. Fans responded with applause and cheers. As added security, the folding chairs on the players' benches and in the first row surrounding the court were anchored with wire cables.

Grizzlies 100, Warriors 87

OAKLAND, Calif. Stromile Swift scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds to help Memphis beat Golden State.

Bonzi Wells added 17 points as the Grizzlies won on the road for the second time in three games. Lorenzen Wright had a season-high 11 rebounds, and Mike Miller had 13 points.

Troy Murphy scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Warriors, who lost their second in three games. Derek Fisher had 14 points, Jason Richardson added 13, and Speedy Claxton had 10.

The Grizzlies played without forward Pau Gasol, who sprained his right ankle Friday.



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