Raptors still have bite without Vince

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2004

TORONTO — Lamond Murray scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat the New Jersey Nets 110-99 on Sunday, their first victory of the post-Vince Carter era.

Carter wasn't at the Air Canada Centre because Toronto's trade with New Jersey isn't expected to be finalized until noon Monday. The Raptors traded their biggest star on Friday to the Nets for Eric Williams, Aaron Williams, Alonzo Mourning and two first-round draft picks.

Murray, who could play more now that Carter is gone, recorded his highest scoring game with Toronto. He scored 12 points as the Raptors began the fourth quarter on a 17-4 run.

Richard Jefferson had 38 points for the Nets.

Knicks 94, Jazz 93

NEW YORK — Jamal Crawford scored 11 of his 24 points in the final five minutes, including a rare four-point play and a sweet crossover move that led to a key basket in New York's victory over Utah.

Crawford's running floater made it 90-86 with 27 seconds left, and Stephon Marbury's two free throws with 6.4 remaining gave New York a four-point lead.

Marbury had 19 points and 12 assists, Michael Sweetney scored 13 and Kurt Thomas grabbed 14 of the Knicks' 29 rebounds as New York won at home over the Jazz for the first time in more than eight years.

Matt Harpring scored 21, Raja Bell added 20 and Carlos Boozer 19 for the Jazz, who dropped their seventh consecutive road game.

Crawford led the Knicks in scoring for the 11th time this season and the fourth time in the past five games.

Heat 117, Magic 107

MIAMI — Shaquille O'Neal sparked a 13-point run late in the fourth quarter, and Miami won its eighth game in a row.

The winning streak is Miami's longest since March 1998, and the past four victories have come against teams above .500. The Heat trailed for much of the game and were down 103-102 with five minutes left before O'Neal helped them surge ahead.

O'Neal finished with 27 points. Eddie Jones went 8-for-10 and scored 25 points. Dwyane Wade added 22 despite missing 14 of 20 shots.

Steve Francis led Orlando with 31 points, many on acrobatic, slashing shots. Cuttino Mobley had 22 points, and Grant Hill 20 for the Magic, who lost despite shooting 51 percent.

Kings 107, Hornets 71

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Peja Stojakovic scored 21 points, and the Sacramento Kings pulled away in the second half for a 107-71 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday night.

It was another long night for the Hornets, who at 2-21 have the worst record in the NBA. New Orleans has lost two straight and 13 of 14.

Brad Miller had 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Kings, who played their reserves most of the fourth quarter and recorded their biggest margin of victory this season.

Mike Bibby had 16 points, Bobby Jackson scored 14, and Darius Songaila had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Chris Webber, who averaged 23.5 points in his previous four games, sat out because of a sore left knee. Webber has missed two games this season.

Dan Dickau and P.J. Brown each scored 14 points for New Orleans, and Chris Andersen added 10.

Sacramento took over in the second quarter as the Hornets missed their first 11 shots. The Kings outscored New Orleans 22-11 in the period and took a 50-39 lead into halftime.

The offensive troubles continued for New Orleans in the third quarter.

Stojakovic scored 10 points in the period in which the Kings had an 18-2 run. Sacramento outscored the Hornets 35-14 and took an 85-53 lead.

The Hornets are the NBAs lowest scoring team, largely because All-Stars Baron Davis and James Magloire have played only a combined 15 games this season.

New Orleans has been held under 90 points in 13 of 23 games this season and has gone over 100 just once — a triple-overtime victory over Golden State.

Grizzlies 92, Clippers 82

LOS ANGELES — Pau Gasol scored six of his 20 points in the final 5:05, Jason Williams added a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers 92-82 Sunday night.

Mike Miller's fourth 3-pointer of the game and 500th of his career capped a 13-2 run that turned a two-point deficit into an 85-79 lead for Memphis with 3:06 to play. Williams, held to three baskets in the first three quarters, made his two key shots from beyond the arc during the spurt that included four free throws by Gasol.

The Clippers have lost five straight and six of seven, following an 11-7 start, to drop under .500 for the first time since Nov. 21. It also was their sixth straight defeat against the Grizzlies, including a four-game sweep last season.

Corey Maggette scored 22 points for the Clippers, 0-6 against teams that made the playoffs last season.

Elton Brand had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles. Bobby Simmons scored 13 of his 14 points in third quarter, going 6-for-6 from the field in the period after getting into early foul trouble and shooting 0-for-5 in the first half.

The Clippers were 30-for-68 after making a season-low 27 field goals in a 113-86 loss at Minnesota on Friday.

Los Angeles played without shooting guard Kerry Kittles, who was limited to just 18 minutes the previous two games because of a back strain that has bothered him for 1 1/2 weeks and will keep him out indefinitely. Kittles missed 17 of the Clippers' first 18 games because of a sore right knee.

James Posey helped preserve Memphis' six-point lead by blocking Maggette's 3-point shot at the right sideline, then stripping the ball from him about a minute later as he dribbled into the frontcourt. Williams sealed the win with two free throws and a layup in the final 21 seconds.



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