Stackhouse leads Wizards past Hawks

Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2002

WASHINGTON -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Washington Wizards broke a three-game losing streak with an 84-76 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

Stackhouse, who said he didn't get the ball enough in the fourth quarter of Thursday's loss to Detroit, started the final period with a 3-pointer after the Hawks cut the Wizards' lead to one. He added a pair of free throws and an emphatic one-handed driving dunk in a decisive 13-4 run that put Washington ahead by 10 with 5 minutes left.

Pacers 91, Hornets 84

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ron Artest scored 23 points and reserve Erick Strickland scored 12 of his 20 in Indiana's decisive run as the Pacers defeated New Orleans.

Strickland, replacing an ineffective Jamaal Tinsley at point guard, sparked a 16-9 surge over the final 3:21 for the Central Division-leading Pacers (22-8).

Magic 101, Celtics 95

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady scored 25 points and Mike Miller had 20 as Orlando handed Boston its third straight loss.

Andrew DeClercq had 13 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double with Orlando, which blew a 19-point lead but put the game away with a 9-2 run that Miller capped with a 3-pointer for a 95-89 lead with 2:45 left.

Pistons 106, Timberwolves 82

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Richard Hamilton scored 24 points, and Chauncey Billups added 21 against his former team as Detroit routed Minnesota.

Mehmet Okur had a career-high 15 points and Ben Wallace added 10 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who improved to 8-3 against the Western Conference -- best of any Eastern Conference team.

Mavericks 107, Knicks 82

DALLAS -- Steve Nash and Nick Van Exel regained their shooting touch, helping the Mavericks return to their high-scoring ways with a victory over New York.

Spurs 109, Bulls 95

CHICAGO -- Tony Parker put on a good show for his family, matching his career-high of 32 points and notching his second double-double of the season as San Antonio beat Chicago.

Nets 104, Bucks 96

MILWAUKEE -- Kenyon Martin scored 24 points and Jason Kidd added 23 as New Jersey completed a home-and-home sweep of the Bucks.

Lucious Harris, who scored 25 points in Friday's 110-90 win over the Bucks, had 17, Richard Jefferson 16 and Jason Collins 11 as all five starters reached double figures for the Nets.

Jazz 98, 76ers 69

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone scored 20 points and Matt Harpring added 20 more against his former team as Utah beat Philadelphia and extended the 76ers' road losing streak to five.

The Jazz won for the fourth time in five games while hitting half their shots (36-for-72) in a game that was interrupted briefly when a rat was thrown onto the court.

Lakers 112, Nuggets 93

DENVER -- Kobe Bryant scored 19 of his 39 points in the first quarter, and Shaquille O'Neal added 22 as Los Angeles beat Denver.

O'Neal, in his first game since getting married Thursday, added 13 rebounds as the Lakers won for just the second time in six games. Los Angeles tied a season high for points for its fourth win in 14 road games.

Trail Blazers 119, Kings 113, OT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Bonzi Wells scored a season-high 32 points and Rasheed Wallace had 30 as Portland won its seventh straight.

Wells showed no effects of missing the last two games because of a suspension. He scored 23 first-half points and added seven rebounds and six assists for the Blazers, who outscored Sacramento 17-11 in overtime.

Warriors 99, Clippers 92

LOS ANGELES -- Antawn Jamison scored 28 points as Golden State snapped a four-game road losing streak with a victory over Los Angeles.

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