Shaq, Lakers cannot stand Heat in Miami

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2002

MIAMI -- Shaquille O'Neal was held to 15 points in his third game since returning from toe surgery as and the Miami Heat won for just the third time this season, beating Los Angeles 97-85 Tuesday night.

Reserves Mike James and LaPhonso Ellis sparked the Heat (3-10), who came into the game tied for last place in the Atlantic Division. James scored 14 points and Ellis 13, and both sank key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Kings 91, Cavaliers 85

CLEVELAND -- Chris Webber scored 28 points -- 20 in the second half -- as the Sacramento Kings won their sixth straight and sent Cleveland to its 11th consecutive loss.

After missing six of his first seven shots, Webber made 10 of 12 as the Kings beat the Cavs for the second time this season.

Pacers 88, Wizards 84

WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan entered the game earlier, matched his season-high in minutes and led a fourth-quarter comeback, but the Wizards still lost as Jermaine O'Neal had 26 points and 21 rebounds.

After saying he wanted to play more, regardless of how it might affect his aging knees, Jordan was on the floor for 34 minutes and scored a season-high 28 points as the Wizards dropped their fourth straight.

Hawks 119, SuperSonics 116, OT

ATLANTA -- Glenn Robinson scored a season-high 37 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 31 as the Atlanta Hawks ended a three-game losing streak.

Alan Henderson, starting in place of Theo Ratliff (flu), pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds to help the Hawks overcome a season-high 32 points from Gary Payton.

Nuggets 85, Spurs 81

DENVER -- Junior Harrington hit a 20-foot jump shot with 8.5 seconds left and preserved the win with a steal as Denver ended a six-game losing streak to the Spurs.

Juwan Howard and James Posey had 23 points each for the Nuggets, who hadn't beaten San Antonio since Dec. 14, 2000. Denver has its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Trail Blazers 77, Rockets 71

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rasheed Wallace scored 16 points -- all in the second half -- and Arvydas Sabonis had a strong all-around game as the Portland Trail Blazers put aside their off-court distractions.

Sabonis had six points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and a career-high six blocked shots for the Blazers, who have won four of five. Scottie Pippen added 14 points and six rebounds. Derek Anderson had 12 points and nine assists.

Steve Francis led all scorers with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Jazz 99, Clippers 94

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Harpring scored 24 of his career-high 30 points in the second half, including a tie-breaking layup with 41 seconds left.

John Stockton, 0-for-4 from the field in the first half, finished 2-for-9 with nine points -- including a driving layup with 2:24 remaining that made him the the 38th player in NBA history to reach 19,000 points. Karl Malone had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

The Jazz extended their winning streak to five games after a 3-7 start, and are above .500 for the first time, although none of the eight victories has come against a team with a winning record.

Andre Miller had 21 points and nine assists for the Clippers, and Elton Brand added 19 points and 11 rebounds.



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