Saturday, January 4, 2003
Nets 100, Heat 80
Richard Jefferson scored 26 points and Jason Kidd got his 15th double-double of the season as the New Jersey Nets won their eighth game in a row.
Kidd scored 13 points and had 13 assists. Lucious Harris scored 16 points for the Nets and Kenyon Martin scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds.
The Heat couldn't keep the game close in the second half. The Nets outran the Heat and took them out of their defense. New Jersey shot 58.2 percent to Miami's 38.2 percent.
Knicks 98, Pacers 96
NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell had the breakout game his coach had been waiting for, scoring 25 points with seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.
New York came back from two 17-point deficits and outscored Indiana 30-17 in the fourth quarter to snap the Pacers' four-game winning streak.
Howard Eisley scored 17 points and Charlie Ward had a key steal and tip-in in the final minute for the Knicks.
Grizzlies 116, Clippers 111
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Gordan Giricek scored a season-high 31 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, as Memphis won despite blowing a 32-point lead.
Giricek's fourth quarter scoring spurt, which included eight straight points, sent the Clippers to their fifth straight loss. His 31 points were the most by a Memphis player this season.
Corey Maggette hit a 3-pointer with 10:04 left to give the Clippers their first lead of the game, 94-93.
Trail Blazers 108, Celtics 103
BOSTON -- Bonzi Wells scored 19 points and Scottie Pippen added 17 as the Portland Trail Blazers won for the ninth time in their last 10 games.
Shammond Williams hit a 3-pointer to highlight a 12-4 run in the fourth quarter that gave the Celtics an 89-87 lead, their first since the 9:10 mark of the first quarter.
Pippen tied the game with a short jumper that started a 13-3 run, which was sparked by Arvydas Sabonis, who scored seven of his 11 points.
Ruben Patterson scored 15 points and Zach Randolph added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers.
Jazz 118, Bucks 115
MILWAUKEE-- Mark Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left as the Utah Jazz had a season-high in points.
Utah led 96-78 heading into the fourth quarter, but Ray Allen made three free throws and Michael Redd converted a three-point play to pull Milwaukee within 114-110 with 1:21 left.
Calbert Cheaney of the Jazz then missed a 3-point attempt, but Karl Malone pulled down the offensive rebound, and Jackson hit his 3 from the right baseline to give Utah a 117-110 lead with 35 seconds left.
Hornets 100, Magic 89
NEW ORLEANS -- Jamal Mashburn scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half and had nine assists as the New Orleans Hornets snapped a five-game losing streak.
Tracy McGrady scored 40 for Orlando but he had little help as the Magic gave up 25 points on 16 turnovers.
P.J. Brown scored 18 for New Orleans. His free throw capped a 10-0 third-quarter run to give New Orleans a 67-54 lead and New Orleans never trailed again.
Spurs 98, Warriors 95
SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan scored a season-high 37 points on 14-of-18 shooting as San Antonio beat Golden State for the 11th straight time.
The game was close the whole way, with 14 lead changes and 15 ties, but the Spurs went on a 15-4 fourth-quarter run to take a 90-84 lead with 3:08 left. Duncan scored 12 points during the burst.
-- Associated Press