Heat is on, Wade beats up Hawks

Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

MIAMI Rookie Dwyane Wade shot 15-for-22 and had 32 points and nine assists, leading the Miami Heat to their fourth straight victory 97-79 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

Eddie Jones added 22 points and Lamar Odom had his fourth straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. All of Odom's rebounds were on the defensive end.

Odom's 3-pointer with 6:54 remaining in the third quarter put the Heat ahead 65-55. The Hawks never got their deficit into single digits the rest of the way.

The four-game winning streak is Miami's first since March, 2002.

Wizards 91, Jazz 87

WASHINGTON Larry Hughes scored 20 of his season-high 38 points in the fourth quarter, and Etan Thomas blocked a potential game-tying layup by Andrei Kirilenko.

The victory broke a four-game losing streak for the Wizards, who are turning to Hughes more and more with Gilbert Arenas and Jerry Stackhouse sidelined with long-term injuries.

Hughes shot early and often, making 10 of 21 field goals, including four 3-pointers, and 14 of 16 free throws. He scored Washington's first 13 points of the final quarter and his team's final five points all on free throws.

Kirilenko had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz, who are 1-1 thus far on a six-game road trip.

Warriors 104, Knicks 86

NEW YORK Jason Richardson scored 26 points in a lopsided game that left Knicks fans booing.

The Warriors snapped a two-game losing streak by running all over the Knicks, scoring 23 fast-break points and never being threatened in the second half.

Speedy Claxton added 14 points and six assists, and Mike Dunleavy had 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists, and Nick Van Exel and Calbert Cheaney scored 13 apiece.

Timberwolves 92, Rockets 75

MINNEAPOLIS Sam Cassell scored 25 points and Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Latrell Sprewell added 14 points for the Timberwolves, who've won three straight and improved to 6-1 in December.

Steve Francis led Houston with 16 points.

Minnesota used a 16-4 run to take a 75-49 lead with 1:28 to go in the third quarter. Garnett blocked Jim Jackson's jumper on Houston's next possession before going to the bench to a standing ovation.

Bulls 102, Magic 88

CHICAGO Kendall Gill scored 27 of his season-high 29 points in the second half when he made 12 of 13 shots.

Gill was just 1-of-4 with two points at the half but was nearly perfect thereafter, also contributing tough defense on Tracy McGrady. Chicago rookie Kirk Hinrich added a career-high 21 points before fouling out with 4:25 to play.

Grizzlies 105, Kings 100

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Pau Gasol scored 22 points and Shane Battier keyed a fourth-quarter rally with 11 points.

Six Memphis players scored in double figures as the Grizzlies snapped Sacramento's four-game winning streak and beat the Kings for the first time since November, 2001, a string of eight games.

The teams were tied at 83 with just under eight minutes left before Memphis went on a 7-1 run for a 90-84 lead with 5:15 remaining. Sacramento got within 94-93 on a drive by Brad Miller with 3:15 remaining, but never any closer.

Nuggets 116, Hornets 94

DENVER Carmelo Anthony had 21 points and Voshon Lenard added 19 points, improving the Denver Nuggets' home record to 10-2 with a 116-94 rout of the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.

Nene had his sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Marcus Camby had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his third straight double-double. Denver had lost 12 of its previous 15 meetings with the Hornets.

Suns 92, SuperSonics 91, OT

PHOENIX Shawn Marion dunked off an inbounds pass from Penny Hardaway with 5.6 seconds to go, and the Phoenix Suns held on.

Marion had 19 points and 14 rebounds, helping the Suns snap a six-game losing streak to win for the first time in four games under coach Mike D'Antoni.

Hardaway had 18 points and Stephon Marbury 17 for Phoenix.

Bucks 106, Trail Blazers 99

PORTLAND, Ore. Tim Thomas, playing in just his second game since missing nine with a sprained ankle, had 23 points and six assists.

Michael Redd added 22 points for the Bucks, who trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, then wound up leading by as many as 11 in the third quarter. Milwaukee shot 58.2 percent.

Dale Davis narrowed Milwaukee's lead to 93-91 with just under six minutes to go, but the Blazers couldn't get closer and the Bucks extended their lead to 101-93 on Desmond Mason's jumper. After Damon Stoudamire closed the Blazers to 103-99 with 1:19 left, Joe Smith answered with a jumper for the Bucks.

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