Spurs deflate Wizards

Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2001

SAN ANTONIO -- With Michael Jordan watching from the sidelines, Antonio Daniels scored 15 points and Tim Duncan and David Robinson added 13 each as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Washington Wizards 103-88 Tuesday night.

Six Spurs finished in double figures, while Richard Hamilton paced the Wizards with 24 points and Courtney Alexander had 16. Alexander, who did not play by coach's decision in the three previous games, started in place of Jordan, who sat out due to a hyperextended right knee.

It was the first time since March 5, 1993, that Jordan missed a game due to injury. The Spurs drew a crowd of 35,052.

Timberwolves 108, SuperSonics 83

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett had 21 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves end a three-game losing skid.

Wally Szczerbiak scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half for the Timberwolves, who improved to 7-1 at home and are still off to the best start in franchise history at 11-5.

Rashard Lewis had 17 points for Seattle, which never led.

Bulls 103, Rockets 75

CHICAGO -- Ron Mercer scored 22 points and the spirited Chicago Bulls sent the struggling and depleted Rockets to their seventh straight loss.

Coach Tim Floyd wouldn't comment before Tuesday's game on reports that he told his players at a Monday meeting that he was going to ask general manager Jerry Krause to relieve him of his duties. For one night at least, his team, now 3-13, rallied around him.

Marcus Fizer added 17 points and rookie Trenton Hassell had 15 as Chicago shot 54 percent. The Bulls' previous biggest win under Floyd was by 18 points.

Kings 94, 76ers 84

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Peja Stojakovic had 20 points and 12 rebounds, leading five Kings in double figures as Sacramento emerged from a shooting slump to beat the 76ers.

The Kings, who won for the eighth time in nine home games, were going nowhere midway through the third quarter -- shooting 26 percent and trailing 57-48 -- when Vlade Divac scored six quick points to key a prolonged run.

Sacramento outscored Philadel-phia 32-11 over the next 12 minutes, eventually taking a 15-point lead.

Knicks 85, Bucks 71

MILWAUKEE -- Latrell Sprewell scored 28 points and the New York Knicks took advantage of a rare shooting slump by Ray Allen.

The Bucks, coming off an 0-4 Western road trip, have dropped five in a row for the first time since Feb. 17-25, 2000. This was their lowest scoring output since an 85-70 loss at Atlanta on April 25, 1999.

Allen, the Bucks' leading scorer (21.7 points), was held to 10 points on 4-of-20 shooting. Sam Cassell was just 4-for-16 for 12 points.

Cavaliers 100, Pistons 88

CLEVELAND -- Zydrunas Ilgauskas, playing for the first time in nearly a year, scored 11 points and Andre Miller had a career-high 34.

The 7-foot-3 Ilgauskas, limited to just 29 games the past three years because of foot injuries, hadn't played for the Cavs since last Dec. 22 when he hurt his left foot and underwent his fifth surgery.

But although he looked rusty in his 16 minutes, Ilgauskas sparked the Cavs as Cleveland won for the fifth time in its last six home games.

Pacers 104, Nuggets 96

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jalen Rose had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Jermaine O'Neal added 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Al Harrington scored 18 for the Pacers, who were playing their first game at home following a five-game road trip that ended with a 31-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jazz 104, Hornets 100

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone scored 22 points and John Crotty hit a crucial 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds remaining.

With Utah clinging to a 101-100 lead, Crotty, who rarely plays the final minutes, beat the 24-second clock with a 24-footer from the right side to clinch the hard-fought victory.

Clippers 87, Heat 83

LOS ANGELES -- Elton Brand had 23 points and 17 rebounds and Quentin Richardson added 19 points as the Los Angeles Clippers dealt the Miami Heat their 12th straight loss.

This is the third-longest losing streak ever for the Heat, who entered the league in 1988-89.

Alonzo Mourning scored 21 points for the Heat, one of three teams without a road victory (0-6). Eddie Jones, Miami's leading scorer, did not play after bruising his right knee toward the end of Monday's practice.

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