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NBA ROUNDUP | Friday's games



Published: Tue, February 4, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Pistons 118, Celtics 66

BOSTON -- The Celtics were dealt the worst loss in their history , falling behind Detroit by as many as 60 before scoring the final eight points of the game. Richard Hamilton scored 29 points for the Pistons, who led 71-51 with 4:05 left in the third quarter before going on a 35-2 run that gave them twice as many points as Boston -- 106-53 midway through the fourth quarter. The crowd turned on the Celtics and cheered nearly every Pistons basket for most of the final period.

Raptors 102, Pacers 90

TORONTO -- A fight that ended with Lenny Wilkens holding back Isiah Thomas highlighted Toronto's victory over Indiana. Antonio Davis had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jerome Williams had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Vince Carter added 16 points in 26 minutes in his third game back after missing 23 with a strained right knee. Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.

76ers 104, Heat 99

PHILADELPHIA -- Keith Van Horn scored a season-high 33 points and Eric Snow added a season-high 21 as Philadelphia handed the Heat their eighth straight road loss. Allen Iverson scored 25 points to help the Sixers snap a four-game home losing streak. Eddie Jones led five Heat players in double figures with 22 points. Butler finished with 18. Jones went over 10,000 career points with a 3-pointer 43 seconds into the fourth quarter. Brian Grant finished with 12 points for the Heat.

Nets 89, Hornets 72

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kenyon Martin had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and two seldom-used members of the New Jersey Nets made up for the absence of Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson. Anthony Johnson replaced Kidd (strained groin) and Brian Scalabrine filled in for Jefferson (stomach virus), and both were effective. Johnson scored 10 points, while Scalabrine had five points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Kerry Kittles had a 21-point performance. Jamal Mashburn had 17 points for the undermanned Hornets.

Knicks 108, Grizzlies 102

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Howard Eisley scored a career-high 30 points Friday night to lead New York. Eisley hit eight of his first nine shots, was 12-of-15 for the game and scored New York's final seven points in the last two minutes. Kurt Thomas added 17 for New York, while Allan Houston had 16 and Latrell Sprewell finished with 13. Pau Gasol scored a career-high 32 points for Memphis. Jason Williams added 21 points and 13 assists, while Shane Battier scored 14.

Magic 109, Spurs 108

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tim Duncan had 23 points, 17 rebounds, and six assists, and his put-back off his own miss with four seconds to go gave San Antonio a victory over Orlando. The Magic had a chance to win, but Tracy McGrady's 17-footer fell short at the buzzer. McGrady scored 12 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, topping the 30-point mark for the seventh straight game. David Robinson scored a season-high 20 points, including two go-ahead free throws with 26.9 seconds to play, as the Spurs had six players score in double figures. Tony Parker also scored 20 and finished with a career-high 13 assists and Emanuel Ginobili added a season-high 14 points.

Rockets 121, Timberwolves 101

HOUSTON -- Steve Francis scored 27 points and Yao Ming had his 14th double-double of the season for Houston. Yao had 24 points and 13 rebounds and three blocks. Cuttino Mobley scored 22 points for the Rockets. Houston is 10-2 this season when both Mobley and Francis score 20 or more points. Troy Hudson led the Timberwolves with 23 points and Wally Szczerbiak added 20. Kevin Garnett finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Jazz 102, Warriors 94

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone had 26 points and 12 rebounds and the Utah Jazz shot 55 percent to improve to 2-0 under acting coach Phil Johnson with a 102-94 victory over Golden State on Friday night The Warriors had six players score in double figures, but couldn't counter the Jazz's potent shooting. Troy Murphy led Golden State with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Bob Sura finished with 16 points, Jason Richardson and Antawn Jamison each scored 15, Erick Dampier 12 and Gilbert Arenas 10.




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