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Posted: Monday, November 29, 2004


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  Golden State Warriors' Troy Murphy (1) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers' Marko Jaric, of Serbia-Montenegro, in the third quarter Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 103-91. AP Photo/Ric Francis

Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal (320 tries to block a shot by Boston Celtic Paul Pierce (34) in the first half of the Sunday , Nov. 28, 2004 game in Miami.

AP Photo/J. Pat Carter

MIAMI Dwyane Wade had 25 points, Shaquille O'Neal added 21 and tied a team record by making all nine of his shot attempts, and the Miami Heat held off the Boston Celtics 106-104 on Sunday night.

Paul Pierce missed one of two free throws with 5 seconds left that would have tied it for Boston, which lost its fourth straight. He made the second to bring the Celtics within one before Christian Laettner made one to restore Miami's two-point lead with 3.1 seconds left.

Boston had one more chance to tie, but Ricky Davis' double-clutched baseline jumper sailed long at the buzzer.

O'Neal finished with 13 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. Wade had nine assists and Damon Jones had eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for Miami, which improved to 9-1 against the Eastern Conference and 7-0 when cracking the 100-point mark.

Raef LaFrentz scored a season-high 21 points all in the first three quarters for Boston.

Trail Blazers 83, Nets 71

PORTLAND, Ore. Zach Randolph had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and the Trail Blazers sent the Nets to their ninth straight loss.

Derek Anderson scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half for the Blazers, who handed the 2-11 Nets their fifth consecutive loss on the road.

Richard Jefferson had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Nets, whose last win came against Portland on Nov. 9. The losing streak is New Jersey's longest since the Nets lost nine in a row from Nov. 22-Dec. 6, 2000. New Jersey finished 26-56 that season.

New Jersey's 2-11 start is its worst since going 2-15 to start the 1999-2000 season.

Wizards 114, Raptors 109, OT

TORONTO Larry Hughes had a season-high 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double, leading the Washington Wizards past the Toronto Raptors in overtime.

Hughes scored 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Wizards, who rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final 6:29 of regulation. His two free throws with 0.8 seconds left sent the game into overtime.

Gilbert Arenas added 27 points and Brendan Haywood had a season-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who have won four of five. They've also won five straight against Toronto.

Washington was without coach Eddie Jordan, who was hospitalized with a blood clot in his left leg and is expected to return for their next game. Assistant Mike O'Koren is coaching the Wizards in his absence.

Jalen Rose had 29 points for the Raptors, who have lost eight of 10.

Clippers 103, Warriors 91


Golden State Warriors' Troy Murphy (1) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers' Marko Jaric, of Serbia-Montenegro, in the third quarter Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 103-91.

AP Photo/Ric Francis

LOS ANGELES Elton Brand scored six of his 25 points in the final four minutes and finished with 13 rebounds, leading the Clippers past the Golden State Warriors.

The Clippers won their third straight to improve to 8-6. With one game remaining this month, Los Angeles will finish November with a winning record for the first time since 1992 and for just the second time in 30 years.

Bobby Simmons had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Marko Jaric added 16 points and 11 assists as the Clippers got double-figure scoring from all five starters.

Golden State forward Mike Dunleavy, the son of the Clippers' coach, scored 20 for the Warriors, who slipped to 0-9 when trailing after three quarters.

Timberwolves 121, Kings 110

SACRAMENTO, Calif. The Minnesota Timberwolves didn't stop when the clock did.

Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell combined for 11 straight points after the game clock malfunctioned, and the Timberwolves went on for a 121-110 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.

Garnett finished with 28 and Cassell had 25 as the Timberwolves once again felt right at home in Sacramento and snapped the Kings' seven-game winning streak.

After Bobby Jackson's three-point play cut Minnesota's lead to 106-104 with 2:52 to play, the clock stopped working following a timeout. After a short delay while official tried to get the clock working, the game resumed with time being kept at the scorer's table and the PA announcer calling out the time.

At one point, Kings coach Rick Adelman was so frustrated he yelled out ''What's the time? What's the time?''

It didn't matter. Cassell hit a jumper right after the delay and Garnett followed with a basket after Peja Stojakovic missed a layup to make it 110-104. Cassell's 3-pointer made it a nine-point lead and he and Garnett added two free throws each before Chris Webber stopped the run with a 3-pointer.

Webber led the Kings with 25 points, while Stojakovic and Mike Bibby added 22 apiece.

Reserve Eddie Griffin had 20 points, including four 3-pointers for the Timberwolves in the first meeting between the teams since Minnesota knocked out Sacramento in Game 7 of the second round of the playoffs last season.

Lakers 89, Hornets 76

LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant had 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers struggled to an 89-76 victory over the injury-depleted New Orleans Hornets.

Chucky Atkins added 17 points all in the second half as the Lakers (8-6) won for the fifth time in seven games. Lamar Odom had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Caron Butler and Brian Cook scored 10 each for Los Angeles.

Darrell Armstrong had 21 points and five assists for the Hornets, whose 1-11 record is the NBA's worst.

David West equaled his career high with 15 points, Junior Harrington scored a season-high 14 and P.J. Brown added 12 points and 11 rebounds for New Orleans.

Lee Nailon, averaging 12.7 points, shot 1-of-14 for two points for the Hornets, who are playing without injured All-Stars Baron Davis and Jamaal Magloire.

Each team committed seven turnovers in a sloppy first quarter, which ended with the Lakers leading 21-20.

SuperSonics 103, Pacers 95

SEATTLE Rashard Lewis scored 22 points, Ray Allen had 19 points and a season-high nine assists and the Seattle SuperSonics won a matchup of conference leaders with a 103-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night.

Vladimir Radmanovic and Antonio Daniels each added 14 points for the Western Conference-leading Sonics, who won their fourth straight in improving their NBA-best record to 13-2. Seattle also remained undefeated at home.

James Jones scored a career-high 27 points for the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers (10-4). Indiana, depleted by injuries and suspensions, had its three-game winning streak stopped.

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