Artest stars for Pacers in victory over Wizards

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2003

INDIANAPOLIS Ron Artest bounced back from his first ejection of the season with 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds Tuesday night to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 93-79 win over the Washington Wizards.

The Pacers, coming off a rugged five-game West Coast road trip, held a 22-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Wizards used a 14-2 run to pull to 83-73.

That prompted Indiana coach Rick Carlisle to bring back four of his five starters, and the Wizards never got any closer.

Raptors 100, Cavaliers 93

CLEVELAND Vince Carter scored 22 points, Donyell Marshall and Jalen Rose scored 20 apiece and the revamped Raptors won their fifth straight game.

Rose scored 16 points in the second half 12 in the third quarter as Toronto improved to 5-0 since acquiring Rose, Marshall and Lonny Baxter in a trade with Chicago for its longest streak since winning nine in a row from March 22-April 9, 2002.

Carter, who begged his teammates for the ball early in the fourth quarter, added eight rebounds and seven assists. Rookie Chris Bosh chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds.

Nets 101, SuperSonics 88

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Richard Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points, Kenyon Martin had 25 and the reawakened New Jersey Nets shot a season-best 55.1 percent.

Jason Kidd added 14 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in just three quarters to help the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions post a season-high three-game winning streak.

Ronald Murray had 27 points for Seattle, which has lost three in a row and seven of 10. The only thing that prevented a season-worst loss was an 18-0 run to end the game.

Heat 92, Suns 72

MIAMI Lamar Odom scored 16 points with a career-high 17 rebounds, and the Miami Heat got Caron Butler back in the starting lineup.

Dwyane Wade and Brian Grant each scored 18 points as Miami snapped a three-game losing streak. Butler, who sat out the previous seven games with a quadricep injury, scored seven points in 37 minutes.

The Suns, whose loss at Orlando on Monday night ended the Magic's 19-game losing streak, have lost three straight. Shawn Marion led Phoenix with 27 points.

Hawks 112, Nuggets 98

ATLANTA Jacque Vaughn scored a career-high 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks took command after halftime to snap a four-game losing streak and set a season high for points.

Atlanta won despite the absence of third-leading scorer Stephen Jackson, who served a one-game suspension for a heated exchange with the coaching staff after a weekend loss in Cleveland.

76ers 78, Pistons 76

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Aaron McKie did a great job filling in for Allen Iverson, scoring a season-high 21 points and blocking Mehmet Okur's shot as time expired.

Eric Snow, his backcourt mate, had 17 points and seven assists.

Warriors 98, Timberwolves 95

MINNEAPOLIS Jason Richardson made a wide-open 3-pointer with two-tenths of a second left.

Richardson had 30 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Golden State (10-9), which moved above .500 this late in the season for the first time since 1993-94.

Rockets 93, Trail Blazers 91

HOUSTON Cuttino Mobley had 24 points and Steve Francis hit a 16-footer with 20 seconds left, keeping the Trail Blazers winless on the road.

Yao Ming missed two free throws with nine seconds to play, giving the Blazers a last chance. But Damon Stoudamire missed a 3-pointer just before the final buzzer.

Kings 105, Clippers 95

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic scored 26 points, and Mike Bibby had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Anthony Peeler had 14 points in a reserve role as Sacramento blew a big early lead before rallying in the fourth for its 11th straight home victory over the Clippers. The Kings wrapped up the longest homestand in franchise history with seven wins in eight games.

Top reserve Bobby Jackson was sidelined with bronchitis, but the Kings jumped to a 21-point lead in the third quarter before giving away all but two points of it with dismal defense.

Lakers 98, Knicks 90

LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant had 21 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and Karl Malone added 20 points in the Lakers' 10th straight win.

It was the 27th consecutive regular-season home victory for the Lakers three shy of the franchise record set in 1951 when they played in Minneapolis.

The Lakers, whose 18-3 record is the best in the NBA, are 12-0 at home this season.

The loss was the fifth in a row for the Knicks (7-15), who played without leading scorer Allan Houston (sore right knee). New York's Shandon Anderson and Howard Eisley scored 26 points each.

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