Orlando gets closer to NBA record for consecutive defeats

Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2003

DALLAS Make it 19 losses in a row for the Orlando Magic, who are closing in on the NBA record for consecutive defeats.

Antoine Walker had 24 points and 16 rebounds and Michael Finley added 22 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 110-97 win Saturday night.

With Dallas playing its fifth game in eight days, all without injured Dirk Nowitzki, coach Don Nelson took advantage of the woeful Magic by mixing players in and out of the lineup. The chemistry may not have always been right, but the Mavericks didn't need much.

Spurs 86, Heat 70

MIAMI Tim Duncan beat the halftime buzzer with his second 3-pointer of the season, finishing with 21 points and 19 rebounds.

Coming off an 11-point victory in Orlando on Friday night that snapped a four-game losing streak, the Spurs got a season-high 21 points and 13 rebounds from Rasho Nesterovic and 11 assists from Tony Parker.

Nets 99, Suns 88

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Kenyon Martin scored 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, helping New Jersey win consecutive home games for the first time this season.

Richard Jefferson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who had six players in double figures. Jason Kidd had 17, Jason Collins and Aaron Williams scored 13 each and Lucious Harris 10.

Cavaliers 95, Hawks 85

CLEVELAND Jason Kapono, the Cavaliers' less-hyped rookie, scored 16 points and Darius Miles added 15 as Cleveland snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Cavs, whose reserves led them to just their fifth win their first since beating the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 18.

Hornets 97, Bulls 91

CHICAGO The New Orleans Hornets made Tim Floyd a winner in his first trip back to Chicago since leaving the Bulls as Darrell Armstrong scored a season-high 23 points and David Wesley added 20.

Jamal Crawford scored 23 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to keep Chicago from its ninth loss in 10 games. Antonio Davis had a double-double with 15 rebounds and 11 points, and Eddy Curry had 11 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.

This wasn't Floyd's first game against the team he coached for three-plus seasons. The Bulls beat the Hornets in an exhibition game and then again last month.

Rockets 86, Pistons 80

HOUSTON Yao Ming grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds and scored 22 points, and five Rockets scored in double figures.

Yao, who has scored in double figures in all 19 of Houston's games, recorded his 11th double-double of the season while surpassing his previous career-high in rebounds by one.

Steve Francis contributed a season-high 11 assists, Maurice Taylor and Cuttino Mobley each had 14 points, Kelvin Cato scored 13 and Jim Jackson 10 for Houston.

Wizards 114, Bucks 109, OT

MILWAUKEE Larry Hughes scored a season-high 36 points, including the first eight in overtime.

Kwame Brown came off the bench for the first time this season and scored 18, including a tip-in that tied the game at 98 and forced overtime. Christian Laettner and Jarvis Hayes each had 11 as the Wizards snapped a nine-game losing streak in Milwaukee dating back to the 1998-99 season. Michael Redd had 28 points, and Desmond Mason added 19 for Milwaukee but missed 10 of 17 free throws. Rookie T.J. Ford had career highs of 16 points and 12 assists.

Warriors 104, Knicks 92

OAKLAND, Calif. Brian Cardinal had 19 points and a career-high eight rebounds, leading seven Warriors who scored in double figures in Golden State's 104-92 win over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.

Nick Van Exel had 15 points for the Warriors, who made a late rally for their third consecutive win over the Knicks. New York has lost four straight. After Shandon Anderson hit a 3-pointer to pull New York within 83-82 with 9:25 left, the Warriors rolled on a 17-2 run capped by Cliff Robinson's fast-break dunk on a long pass from Van Exel with 3:49 to play.

Wearing their classic yellow ''The City'' uniforms from the 1966-67 season, the Warriors recovered from consecutive losses to the Denver Nuggets with their fifth victory in seven games.

Allan Houston didn't dress for the Knicks, who lost their fourth straight despite 19 points from Keith Van Horn and 17 from Shandon Anderson, Houston's replacement. New York is 0-3 on its five-game road trip, and Houston's right knee injury could cause more problems.

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