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Duncan's 53 points not enough for win

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2001

SAN ANTONIO -- Steve Nash scored 27 points and made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining in overtime as the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 53-point effort by Tim Duncan to beat the San Antonio Spurs 126-123 on Wednesday night.

Dallas won its seventh straight despite the career night by Duncan, who scored 28 of his points in the fourth quarter and overtime and also pulled down 11 rebounds.

Duncan was 19-of-28 from the field and connected on 15 straight free throws en route to the highest point total in the NBA this season and fourth highest in Spurs history.

Hornets 99, Wizards 93

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Jordan scored 28 points, not enough offense to cover Richard Hamilton's absence, as Charlotte snapped Washington's nine-game winning streak.

Hamilton, Washington's second-leading scorer at 19.8 points a game, was placed on the injured list before the game with a groin injury. Without him, the Wizards had to rely on Jordan and backup guard Tyrone Lue for scoring.

Nets 91, Cavaliers 89

CLEVELAND -- Jason Kidd had 27 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists to lead New Jersey past Cleveland.

After the Cavaliers whittled a 25-point deficit to 86-84, Kidd hit a 3-pointer with 1:08 to play for an 89-84 lead.

Grizzlies 107, Bulls 85

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Pau Gasol shot 11-for-15 and scored 27 points and Jason Williams added 21 points and 14 assists as Memphis beat Chicago in Bill Berry's first game as coach of the Bulls.

Gasol also had 14 rebounds, and four of Memphis' five starters finished in double figures as the Grizzlies sent the Bulls to their 15th consecutive road loss.

Pacers 89, Magic 82

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Al Harrington scored 16 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as Indiana beat Orlando.

Tracy McGrady's layup with 90 seconds left cut Indiana's lead to 81-80, but the Pacers outscored the Magic 8-2 the rest of the way to win for the fourth time in five games.

Bucks 107, Hawks 97

MILWAUKEE -- Glenn Robinson scored 32 points, including four 3-pointers in the third quarter, as Milwaukee overcame the absence of Ray Allen to beat Atlanta.

Allen missed his third straight game because of tendinitis in his left knee.

Suns 97, Rockets 91

HOUSTON -- Stephon Marbury scored 33 points, including 11 in the final 4:33, to help Phoenix hold off Houston.

Houston led 86-85 with 2:19 to play, but Marbury scored the next two baskets and Rodney Rogers hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left to give the Suns a 92-86 lead. Marbury then hit two free throws 14 seconds later, and two more with 28 seconds left.

Kings 89, Trail Blazers 74

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Peja Stojakovic scored 19 points and Chris Webber returned from a three-game absence with 16 points and 13 rebounds as Sacramento beat Portland.

Timberwolves 94, Nuggets 91

DENVER -- Kevin Garnett had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead Minnesota past Denver a few hours after Dan Issel resigned as the Nuggets' coach and president.

Warriors 101, Lakers 90

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Antawn Jamison scored 28 points and Danny Fortson had 15 points and 20 rebounds as Golden State pounced on Los Angeles in Shaquille O'Neal's absence.

76ers 100, Clippers 86

LOS ANGELES -- Allen Iverson had 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as Philadelphia beat Los Angeles for coach Larry Brown's 800th NBA victory

The win was the 76ers first against the Clippers in Los Angeles since December, 1992, when Brown was the Clippers' coach. Brown also won 229 games as a coach in the ABA.

Jazz 99, Celtics 86

SALT LAKE CITY -- Bryon Russell scored a season-high 19 points and Karl Malone had 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as Utah beat Boston.

Russell, in his third game back from a pelvic injury, helped the Jazz take the lead and Malone controlled the final minutes with 6-of-8 shooting.



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