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Hardaway, Suns scorch Raptors

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2001

TORONTO-- Penny Hardaway had 27 points, including the winning layup at the buzzer, as the Phoenix Suns beat the Toronto Raptors 91-90 on Sunday.

The Suns overcame Vince Carter's 42 points. His jumper with three seconds left put Toronto ahead 90-89.

The final play of the game began with Hardaway -- who had 10 points in the fourth quarter -- inbounding the ball to Rodney Rogers and then cutting to the basket. Rogers floated a return pass to Hardaway, who eluded defender Jerome Williams and put the ball in.

Pistons 105, Rockets 77

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jon Barry had 15 points, and Ben Wallace added 10 points and a season-high 18 rebounds to lead Detroit over slumping Houston.

Detroit's margin of victory was its largest against Houston, surpassing two 27-point wins over the then-San Diego Rockets. The Pistons also stayed on top of the Eastern Conference, improving to 13-6.

Cuttino Mobley scored 17 points for Houston, which lost its 10th straight -- the team's longest skid since a 10-game slide to start the 1982-83 season.

Both teams were short-handed, with Detroit missing All-Star Jerry Stackhouse (groin) while Houston (7-15) was without leading scorer Steve Francis (foot), Glen Rice (knee) and Kelvin Cato (wrist).

Clippers 89, Hornets 78

LOS ANGELES -- Elton Brand had 22 points and 19 rebounds, and Jeff McInnis sank four free throws in the final 38 seconds as Los Angeles beat Charlotte.

Brand made 10 of 12 shots, helping the Clippers beat the Hornets for the first time in eight attempts. Lamar Odom added 14 points and seven assists for the Clippers, who returned to the .500 mark (10-10).

David Wesley scored 18 points for the Hornets, and Baron Davis had 16 points and 10 assists.

Kings 95, Heat 88

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chris Webber scored 18 points and had six rebounds in his first game for Sacramento this season as the Kings beat Miami to send the Heat to their 13th loss in 14 games.

Webber, who missed the first 20 games of the season with a sprained right ankle, was activated from the injured list and helped lead the Kings to their third straight win and sixth in seven games.

Peja Stojakovic scored 23 points, Doug Christie barely missed his first double-double of the season with 18 points and nine rebounds, and Hedo Turkoglu added 15 points for the Kings.

Jim Jackson, in his third game with the Heat after signing as a free agent on Dec. 2, had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.



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