New York tops Hornets in OT

Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002

NEW YORK -- Allan Houston recovered from a scoreless second half to hit a clinching jumper with 13 seconds left, and the New York Knicks beat the New Orleans Hornets 92-86 Saturday in the third overtime game of the season between the teams.

Houston scored 16 points in the first half, none in the second half and four in the extra period for New York, which lost the other two overtime games against the Hornets.

76ers 95, Wizards 94

WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan made his first start of the season but couldn't come up with one last clutch play.

Jordan had an offensive rebound, an assist and a blocked shot in the final minute, but his pass to Bryon Russell with 5 seconds left was stolen, depriving the Wizards of a chance at a game-winning shot.

The victory was the Sixers' seventh in a row, while the Wizards have lost six straight

Magic 117, Hawks 92

ORLANDO -- Tracy McGrady scored all 28 of his points in the first three quarters and Mike Miller added 22 as the Magic won their third in a row.

Atlanta, which trailed by 19 at halftime and 33 and the end of the third quarter, was led by reserve Dion Glover with 18 points. Leading scorer Glenn Robinson shot only 6-of-20 and scored 13 points.

Heat 85, Cavaliers 79

MIAMI -- Rookie Caron Butler scored six of his team-high 16 points in the final two minutes as the Miami Heat held on to hand the Cleveland Cavaliers their 14th consecutive loss .

After the Cavaliers cut a 10-point deficit to 79-74 on two free throws by Milt Palacio and a 3-pointer by Dajuan Wagner, Butler secured Miami's victory with a baseline jumper with 1:08 remaining and a slam dunk off a missed 3-pointer by LaPhonso Ellis with 45 seconds left.

Spurs 107, Jazz 85

SAN ANTONIO -- Stephen Jackson scored 17 points and the San Antonio Spurs held Karl Malone to 1-for-16 shooting, snapping Utah's six-game winning streak.

The loss was Utah's 10th straight to the Spurs.

San Antonio broke open what had been a back-and-forth game by making 10 of 15 shots in the third period, with Steve Smith scoring 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting.

Mavericks 103, Bulls 90

DALLAS -- Nick Van Exel returned from a nine-game injury absence with 17 points and seven assists.

Playing for the first time since their 14-0 start was stopped in Indiana, Dallas never trailed.

The Mavericks went on an 11-0 run at the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth after Chicago got within five, improving to 8-0 at home and giving Don Nelson his 200th victory as their coach.

Bucks 109, Pistons 86

MILWAUKEE -- Sam Cassell scored 24 points and Tim Thomas added 21 as Milwaukee beat Detroit in the second game of a back-to-back set between the teams.

The win evened Milwaukee's record at 8-8 and avenged a 96-91 loss Friday at Detroit.

Michael Redd added 20 points for the Bucks, while Richard Hamilton led Detroit with 15 points and Cliff Robinson added 14.

Nets 93, Trail Blazers 86

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jason Kidd scored 28 points and added eight assists as the New Jersey Nets withstood a fourth-quarter rally.

The defending Eastern Conference champion Nets had dropped their six previous games in Portland, last winning 99-98 back on Jan. 30, 1995.

The troubled Trail Blazers trailed by as many as 25 points in the third quarter after leading by 13 in the first half. They came back to tie it in the fourth quarter, but couldn't take back the lead.

Warriors 100, Suns 90

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Antawn Jamison matched his season-high with 37 points as the Golden State Warriors won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Gilbert Arenas had 16 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals as the Warriors overcame 25 turnovers, a late rally by the Suns and another big game by Stephon Marbury to snap their five-game losing streak against Phoenix.

Phoenix trimmed a 17-point deficit to six on Casey Jacobsen's 3-pointer with 1:26 left, but Golden State held off the Suns with the type of late-game poise they've rarely shown during eight consecutive seasons out of the playoffs.

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