Hawks topple Philadelphia

Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2002

ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 28 points as the Atlanta Hawks overcame the absence of Glenn Robinson and a season-ending injury to Emanual Davis to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 79-77 Saturday night.

Atlanta ended its five-game losing streak and snapped Philadelphia's three-game winning streak.

Allen Iverson, who played 48 minutes Friday in an overtime victory over the Lakers, shot just 6-of-28 to finish with 13 points.

Philadelphia had two chances to tie it, but Eric Snow missed a driving layup and Keith Van Horn got the rebound but rimmed out a 15-footer just before the final buzzer.

Celtics 89, Cavaliers 82

CLEVELAND -- Antoine Walker scored 23 points to help the Celtics overcome a 19-point deficit and the ejection of Paul Pierce.

Cleveland shot just 1-for-17 in the fourth, and Walker scored six consecutive points to turn an 80-79 deficit into an 85-82 lead with 40 seconds to play.

Pierce and the Cavaliers' Zydrunas Ilgauskas were ejected for fighting with 11:15 remaining.

Rookie Dajuan Wagner scored 25 points and Ricky Davis had 21 to lead the Cavs, who did not make a field goal over an 10:07 span of the third and fourth quarters.

Timberwolves 98, Houston 86

MINNEAPOLIS -- Troy Hudson hit five 3-pointers in the first half and Kevin Garnett dominated the second half.

Garnett had 27 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. He scored 13 of Minnesota's 21 points in the third quarter, then combined with Gary Trent for 16 points in the fourth as the Wolves used a 16-7 run over the last 8:47 to close out the win.

Steve Francis led the Rockets with 24 points and Yao Ming finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds after struggling in the first half.

Nets 100, Pistons 92

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd had 27 points, 12 assists and five steals to help the New Jersey Nets overcome the league's longest winning streak.

Richard Jefferson added 19 points as the Nets won their ninth straight at home and ended the Pistons' season-high six-game winning streak. New Jersey is 14-1 at home, losing only to Dallas, which has the NBA's best record.

Ben Wallace had 11 points and 14 rebounds for Detroit, which lost for the first time since Dec. 7. Clifford Robinson added 19 points, Chauncey Billups 14 and Richard Hamilton 13 for the Pistons, who hurt themselves with 23 turnovers.

Bucks 94, Knicks 90

MILWAUKEE -- Sam Cassell scored 25 points, including two key jump shots in the closing seconds.

Cassell sank a jump shot from the top of the key with 58 seconds left and a 3-pointer 35 seconds later.

Michael Redd had 21 points for Milwaukee, Anthony Mason matched his season high with 16 and Joel Przybilla tied his career high with 14 rebounds.

Allan Houston led the Knicks with 17 points. Kurt Thomas had 16 and Latrell Sprewell 13.

Suns 110, Kings 101

PHOENIX -- Shawn Marion and Stephon Marbury scored 28 points apiece, negating Chris Webber's first triple-double in nearly two years.

In the final 56 seconds, Marion had a basket and two free throws, a defensive rebound and a steal off an inbounds pass to snuff out Sacramento's attempt to rally.

Marbury, who had 10 points in the fourth quarter, completed the scoring with four free throws in the last 38 seconds as the Suns won for the sixth time in seven games. Webber had 29 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists.

Trail Blazers 81, SuperSonics 80

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Derek Anderson scored 27 points and hit a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left to extend their Portland's winning streak to five.

Anderson made a driving layup with 8.3 seconds left to pull Portland to 79-78. Rasheed Wallace fouled Vitaly Potapenko with 6.9 seconds left, but Potapenko made just one of his free throws.

After a timeout, Anderson swished a 3-pointer from 25 feet. Gary Payton missed a final shot from the corner.

Clippers 92, Nuggets 89

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Marko Jaric scored 22 points and Michael Olowokandi added 18 sending the Nuggets to their eighth straight loss and 13th in 14 games.

Tremaine Fowlkes scored a season-high 16 points for the Clippers, who have beaten the Nuggets five straight times at home.

Juwan Howard scored 30 points for Denver, the highest-scoring game by anyone on the Nuggets this season.

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