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HEAT 113, CLIPPERS 95



Published: Thu, February 17, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Heat 113, Clippers 95

MIAMI -- Damon Jones had a career-high 31 points and Dwyane Wade added 28 points and 12 assists to help carry the Miami Heat. Shaquille O'Neal had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Heat, who won their seventh straight and sent the Clippers to a seventh consecutive loss -- all part of their nine-game road trip. Jones, who's playing for his ninth NBA club in a seven-year career, was 8-for-10 from 3-point range; he made three in a 2-minute span to end the first quarter, then connected on two more in the last 43 seconds of the third quarter to give Miami a 90-75 lead entering the final period. Corey Maggette, who was back in the Clippers' starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 20, had 21 points. All five Los Angeles starters reached double figures, but couldn't overcome a 53.3 percent shooting performance by the Heat.

Pistons 93, 76ers 75

PHILADELPHIA -- Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton scored 20 points each for Detroit, and the Pistons held NBA scoring leader Allen Iverson to 23 points. Billups was 7-of-8 from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range, as the Pistons won their fourth straight game. Hamilton was 8-for-16 from the field. The Pistons made half of their 72 shots, going 9-of-17 from beyond the 3-point line. Iverson, who scored a career-high 60 points, most in the NBA this season, on Saturday and then had 38 in his next game, was just 8-of-21 against Detroit's tight defense. Tayshaun Prince had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons, and Ben Wallace contributed 10 rebounds. Rasheed Wallace added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Antonio McDyess had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Nets 96, Kings 85

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd had his 64th career triple-double and Vince Carter scored 21 points. Carter reached 20 points for the 11th consecutive game and the 17th time in the last 18. Kidd finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double in the last six games. Rookie Nenad Krstic scored a career-best 18 points and Jason Collins had eight points and 13 rebounds for the Nets. Mike Bibby had 25 points to lead the Kings, who lost for the sixth time in the last seven games. Cuttino Mobley had 16 points, while Chris Webber had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento.

Knicks 108, Bucks 90

NEW YORK -- Jamal Crawford scored 23 points to lead six Knicks in double figures, and New York pulled away in the fourth quarter with Stephon Marbury sitting out the period. Marbury was on the bench as the Knicks began the fourth quarter with an 80-76 lead, and he stayed there for the rest of the game as Crawford directed the offense and Michael Sweetney and Jerome Williams controlled the inside. The Knicks won for the fifth time in their last 24 games. Marbury finished with 14 points and nine assists in 31 minutes for the Knicks, who had their first double-digit victory margin since Dec. 29 against Minnesota. Toni Kukoc had 20 points and Desmond Mason 18 for Milwaukee, which was without leading scorer Michael Redd (sprained index finger) for the third consecutive game.

Pacers 95, Trail Blazers 87

INDIANAPOLIS -- Reggie Miller scored 27 of his season-high 36 points in the second half and Indiana won for the third time in its last four games heading into the All-Star break. Jeff Foster had 14 points and 17 rebounds, and Fred Jones added another 14 points for the Pacers. All-Star Jermaine O'Neal was held to 10 points on 4-of-19 shooting for Indiana. Joel Przybilla finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds, Darius Miles scored 18, and Nick Van Exel had 16 for the Trail Blazers, who cut a nine-point deficit to one early in the fourth quarter before Indiana pulled away.

Celtics 90, Grizzlies 88

BOSTON -- Ricky Davis hit a 12-foot jump shot with 3.9 seconds remaining for the Celtics, who have won six of eight. Mike Miller hit a 3-pointer with 9.8 seconds left to tie it 88-88 for the Grizzlies before Davis hit an open jumper. Miller's 3-point shot fell short at the buzzer. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 19 points and Tony Allen had 15 points and seven rebounds. Stromile Swift led the Grizzlies with 19 points.

Bulls 121, Raptors 115

TORONTO -- Kirk Hinrich had 28 points, Ben Gordon scored 15 in the fourth quarter and the Bulls reached a season high for points. Eddy Curry added 24 points and Luol Deng had 20 for the Bulls, who have won three consecutive games and 16 of 21. Six players reached double figures in scoring for Chicago, which shot 58 percent. Chris Bosh had 28 points for the Raptors, who have lost five of six.

Bobcats 94, Nuggets 88

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kareem Rush scored 14 of his 20 points in the third quarter and the Bobcats snapped a seven-game losing streak. Keith Bogans added 18 points to lift the Bobcats to their first win since Feb. 1.

Denver was led by Carmelo Anthony's 21 points. Marcus Camby had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Kenyon Martin had 17 points. The Nuggets looked every bit like a team anxious to get home for the All-Star break, closing out a five-game road swing with a 2-3 record.

Spurs 101, Hornets 78

NEW ORLEANS -- Tim Duncan scored 19 points and the Spurs pulled away in the fourth quarter. Manu Ginobili added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who led by double digits for much of the second half. Malik Rose had 12 points and 15 rebounds as the Spurs outrebounded the Hornets 51-30. Rookie J.R. Smith led New Orleans with a career-high 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting. But New Orleans struggled at the foul line, going 14-of-23.

Warriors 117, SuperSonics 110

SEATTLE -- Jason Richardson scored 30 points and Derek Fisher had 21, including five 3-pointers. Dale Davis had a season-high 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Golden State, which ended a three-game losing streak. Speedy Claxton added 17 points for the Warriors. Seattle was led by its two All-Stars, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, with 26 and 17 points, respectively. But Allen had only four points in the second half on 2-for-8 shooting. The Sonics lost their second straight home game, but still finished with a 10 1/2-game lead in the Northwest Division at the All-Star break at 35-16. The Warriors have a 15-38 record going into the All-Star break that included losing streaks of nine, six and six games.

Associated Press




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