Friday, December 14, 2001
Carter's 31 not enough
By The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Baron Davis had 17 points and a career-high 15 assists and all five Charlotte starters scored in double figures Thursday night as the Hornets rolled to a 104-90 victory over the slumping Toronto Raptors.
Vince Carter scored 21 of his 31 points in the second half while helping the Raptors cut a 29-point deficit to nine, 93-82 with 6:45 to go.
That's the closest the Raptors got, as Elden Campbell dunked twice and David Wesley hit a 3-pointer to put the game out of reach.
Lee Nailon scored 19 points for the Hornets before he was ejected for drawing his second technical during the fourth quarter. Campbell added 18, Wesley had 16 and P.J. Brown scored 13.
Pacers 108, Rockets 106, OT
INDIANAPOLIS Reggie Miller scored a season-high 25 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime as the Indiana Pacers sent the Houston Rockets to their 12th straight loss.
Al Harrington had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Jermaine O'Neal scored 23, Jalen Rose added 20 and Jamaal Tinsley had 18 assists for the Pacers.
Houston's Moochie Norris sent the game into overtime when he banked in a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left in regulation to make it 96-96.
Miller, who was 4-for-9 from 3-point range, his a 3 from the baseline for a two-point lead with 1:30 left. Oscar Torres, who led the Rockets with 24 points, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Pistons 99, Knicks 97
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Jerry Stackhouse had a career-high 13 assists and 19 points and Corliss Williamson scored a season-high 24 points as Detroit maintained the best record in the Eastern Conference.
The Pistons (14-6) have won three in a row and six of seven at home. The Knicks (11-11) are 1-2 since Don Chaney replaced Jeff Van Gundy.
Detroit didn't trail after Williamson made a layup with just under six minutes to play, but the Knicks never went away. New York got within one point four times in the final two minutes and had a chance to tie the game with a couple seconds left, but Latrell Sprewell missed an off-balance mid-range jumper.
Sprewell had 22 points, Marcus Camby had 20 points and 16 rebounds, Allan Houston scored 19 and Mark Jackson added 18 for New York.
Mavericks 102, Cavaliers 82
DALLAS Michael Finley's 20 points and 17 each from Tim Hardaway and Steve Nash led Dallas over Cleveland.
Dirk Nowitzki added 15 points and Adrian Griffin had nine points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had lost three of their previous four.
Hardaway went 4-for-8 from 3-point range and Dallas made eight of its 17 3-point shots to beat the Cavs for the third straight time.
Lamond Murray had 23 points for Cleveland. The Cavaliers were without point guard Andre Miller, sidelined with a bruised right shoulder. Miller's streak of 185 consecutive games and 140 straight starts came to an end.
Magic 105, Warriors 100
OAKLAND, Calif. Tracy McGrady reached 40 points for the third time in six days as the Orlando Magic snapped a three-
game losing streak.
McGrady went 19-of-30 from the field and also had seven rebounds. He reached 40 points on a two-handed dunk with 48 seconds left for a 12-point lead.
The Warriors scored four quick baskets to rally within 100-96 with 15.9 seconds left, but Horace Grant converted a three-point play to seal Orlando's fourth straight win over Golden State.
Mike Miller had 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Magic, who got their first victory on a six-game road trip.
Nuggets 89, Grizzlies 86
DENVER Voshon Lenard scored 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Denver Nuggets snapped a five-game losing streak.
Lenard hit three straight baskets two separate times in the final period, bringing the Nuggets back from deficits each time.
The Nuggets who endured a troubling week with the demand of their leading scorer (Nick Van Exel) to be traded and the four-game suspension of their coach (Dan Issel) for making an insensitive ethnic remark rallied from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter thanks to Van Exel, who had 15 of his 20 points in that period.
Rookies Shane Battier and Pau Gasol had 19 and 15 points, respectively, for Memphis.
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