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Houston, Thomas help New York past weak Cavaliers

Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2002

NEW YORK -- Allan Houston scored 29 points and Kurt Thomas had a career-high six blocks to go with 22 points as the New York Knicks dealt the Cleveland Cavaliers their 15th straight loss, 125-93 Monday night.

The Knicks surpassed the 100-point plateau for just the second time this season while enjoying their first lopsided victory.

Latrell Sprewell added 20 points and 11 assists for the Knicks, who have won three in a row for the first time since January. Led by Thomas going 11-for-15, the Knicks shot 53 percent from the field.

Dajuan Wagner had 25 points and 10 assists for the Cavs, who are closing in on the longest losing streak in franchise history -- 19 games during the 1981-82 season.

Celtics 102, Magic 97

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Paul Pierce scored 27 points and Eric Williams added a season-high 21 as Boston won for the sixth time in seven games.

Pierce hit four free throws in the final 1:07, shooting 10-for-12 from the line, to snap the Magic's three-game winning streak. He also had 10 rebounds, eight assists and five steals.

Mavericks 113, Raptors 102

DALLAS -- Steve Nash scored seven of his 25 points during a crucial fourth-quarter run, and Dallas extended its home winning streak to nine games.

Dirk Nowitzki added 23 points, Nick Van Exel had 17 points in a reserve role and Michael Finley added 15 for the Mavericks, who improved their league-best record to 16-1.

Jazz 102, Pacers 91

SALT LAKE CITY -- John Stockton had 22 points and 10 assists, and Karl Malone added 21 points as Utah held Reggie Miller scoreless and snapped Indiana's four-game winning streak.

Miller, playing his fifth game since returning from an ankle bruise, was 0-for-3 from the field and the line and held without a point for the first time since 1989 as Indiana lost for just the third time this season.

Heat 100, Suns 90, OT

PHOENIX -- Travis Best made a tying layup with 37 seconds left in regulation, then added three baskets in overtime to lead Miami over Phoenix.

After missing his first nine field-goal attempts of the game, Best made five shots in row to boost the Heat, finishing with 16 points.



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