Rockets make Cavaliers' woes even worse

Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2003

CLEVELAND Cuttino Mobley and Steve Francis scored 18 points apiece and each made big 3-pointers down the stretch as the Houston Rockets rallied for an 89-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Francis made four free throws in the final 16 seconds for the Rockets, who used a late 12-0 spurt to make up a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Maurice Taylor added 14 points as Houston snapped a three-game losing streak.

76ers 87, Heat 76

PHILADELPHIA Aaron McKie scored 20 points and Glenn Robinson had 19 in Philadelphia's victory over Miami.

The Sixers, playing without Allen Iverson, snapped a two-game losing streak. Iverson has missed three of four games with a swollen right knee, an injury that could keep him sidelined even longer.

Warriors 98, Hawks 85

ATLANTA Mike Dunleavy made five of Golden State's season-high 10 3 pointers, scored 25 points, and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Jason Richardson added 22 points for the Warriors, who were 10-for-21 on 3-pointers and outscored the Hawks 30-0 from 3-point range. Atlanta was 0-for-5 from behind the arc.

Magic 94, Pacers 90

INDIANAPOLIS Rod Strickland's jump shot with 14.4 seconds left lifted Orlando over Indiana.

Al Harrington missed a wide-open jumper from the left wing with seven seconds remaining that would have given Indiana the lead.

Tracy McGrady scored 21 points and had 11 assists to lead five Orlando players in double figures. Juwan Howard had 19 points and seven rebounds and Keith Bogans had 15 and 12 for the Magic.

Pistons 77, Bulls 73

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Richard Hamilton scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help Detroit end a four-game losing streak.

The win was Larry Brown's 1,300th as a coach 894 in the NBA, 229 in the ABA and 177 in college.

The Bulls had just nine available players. Eddy Curry and Corie Blount weren't in uniform because of knee injuries, and Eddie Robinson sat out with an ankle problem.

Nets 87, Jazz 74

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. New Jersey improved to .500 by beating Utah.

Kenyon Martin had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Jason Kidd had 19 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. The Nets (12-12) held Utah to just nine points in the first quarter, forced 21 turnovers and kept the Jazz behind by double digits throughout the second half.

Kerry Kittles added 12 points and Jason Collins had 10 while facing his twin brother Jarron as New Jersey won for the fifth time in six games.

Celtics 105, Mavericks 103

BOSTON Paul Pierce hit the winning jumper over Antoine Walker with 20 seconds left and Walker missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Boston beat Dallas.

That ended a bad night for Walker, traded to Dallas in a six-player deal on Oct. 20. He finished with seven points with seven rebounds and eight assists in his return to Boston.

Jiri Welsch, one of the players the Celtics obtained for him, had a career-high 21 points.

Pierce led the Celtics with 25 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and Walter McCarty added 18 points.

Spurs 73, Raptors 70

SAN ANTONIO Tony Parker made a free throw with 7.9 seconds left to preserve San Antonio's victory and stretched its winning streak to eight.

Parker had 13 points, and Tim Duncan had 30 points and 13 rebounds in helping the Spurs improve to 10-1 against Eastern Conference teams.

Rasho Nesterovic grabbed 10 rebounds.

Before their current streak, the Spurs were 9-10 and at the bottom of the Midwest division. Now they are in first place, a half-game ahead of Dallas.

Nuggets 99, SuperSonics 98

SEATTLE Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points, including a layup with six seconds to play that lifted Denver over Seattle.

The Sonics had a chance to win, but Marcus Camby blocked a shot at the top of the key by Seattle's Antonio Daniels.

Denver (16-9) pulled within one victory of last season's win total and moved percentage points ahead of San Antonio atop the Midwest Division.

Andre Miller led the Nuggets with 20 points and 11 rebounds and Voshon Lenard scored 19. Camby added 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, and Nene scored 14.

Clippers 93, Bucks 83

LOS ANGELES Bobby Simmons scored 16 of his career-high 20 points in the first half to help Los Angeles sweep its four-game homestand.

Elton Brand had 15 points and 16 rebounds after getting in early foul trouble, Corey Maggette scored 17 points and Chris Wilcox added 16 for Los Angeles. Dan Gadzuric scored 16 points for the Bucks.

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