Sunday, December 16, 2001
The Answer ends 7-game losing skid
By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND Allen Iverson shot 18-for-29 and scored 40 points Saturday night to help the Philadelphia 76ers snap their seven-game losing streak with a 94-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Andre Miller returned to the Cleveland lineup after missing one game with a bruised shoulder and had an NBA season-high nine steals and career-high 22 assists.
Despite Iverson's heroics, it was the Cavaliers' poor foul shooting thyey missed five in the final minute that enabled Philadelphia to win.
Wesley Person led the Cavaliers with 28 points.
Celtics 106, Hornets 97
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Paul Pierce scored 30 points and the Celtics made 10 3-pointers to snap their seven-game losing streak to the Hornets.
Six players scored in double figures for Boston, which has won nine of 10 games. Antoine Walker scored 18, Kenny Anderson and Eric Williams added 12 each, Joe Johnson had 11 and Vitaly Potapenko 10.
David Wesley scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to pull the Hornets, who had trailed by double digits most of the game, back into it.
Mavericks 125, Timberwolves 117
DALLAS Michael Finley scored 12 of his 30 points during a breakout third quarter, helping to end the Timberwolves' six-game winning streak.
Minnesota, which won by an average of 17 points during its roll, was up seven early in the second half before Finley, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki took over. They combined for 22 points on a 24-8 run that put Dallas ahead for good.
The Timberwolves got within six in the final 2 minutes, but a jumper by Juwan Howard and a layup by Nowitzki doused the threat.
Dallas is 11-0 when scoring at least 100 a mark reached on a Finley 3-pointer with more than 9 minutes left.
Kevin Garnett had 23 points and only five rebounds one night after grabbing a team-record 24.
Hawks 80, Bulls 79
CHICAGO Jason Terry raced around Chicago's defense for a go-ahead dunk with 7.3 seconds left as Atlanta won its third straight.
Ron Mercer, whose hanging jumper with 11 seconds left gave the Bulls a 79-78 lead, had a chance to win the game. But he missed a 16-foot jumper from the right side in the closing seconds, and Marcus Fizer missed a follow just before the buzzer.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim led the Hawks with 20 points. Terry and Nazr Mohammed each added 16 points.
Mercer paced the Bulls, who shot just 32 percent, with 15 points.
Bucks 115, Pacers 95
MILWAUKEE Michael Redd scored a career-high 21 points and four Milwaukee players scored at least 19.
Redd, a second-year shooting guard from Ohio State, shot 9-for-12 overall and 2-for-3 from 3-point range in just 18 minutes. His previous career-high was 14, set earlier this season.
The Bucks, who took control with a 17-3 run to open the second half, had their biggest scoring output since opening the season with a 119-112 overtime victory at Utah. They hadn't reached 100 since Nov. 17.
Glenn Robinson scored 22 points, Ray Allen had 21 and Sam Cassell added 19 for the Bucks.
Heat 76, Rockets 73
HOUSTON Jim Jackson made a 3-pointer with one second left, extending the Rockets' losing streak to 13.
Eddie Jones led the Heat with 19 points, followed by Jackson with 15 and Rod Strickland and Anthony Carter with 12 each. It was only Miami's second road victory of the season.
Kenny Thomas led Houston with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Cuttino Mobley had 17 points and Oscar Torres 12. Houston's losing streak is the longest in the NBA this season and the Rockets' worst since they dropped 13 straight during the 1977-78 season.
Spurs 100, Jazz 80
SAN ANTONIO Tim Duncan scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Antonio Daniels added 18 points as San Antonio gained its seventh straight victory.
The Spurs tied the Lakers and Sacramento Kings for the league lead in victories with 17. They have won by double-digit margins six times during their winning streak.
Duncan did his damage in only 29 minutes of playing time on 9-for-10 shooting from the floor. The Spurs ran out to a big lead, gave most of it back, then pulled away again.
Karl Malone led all scorers with 31, including 20 in the first half.
Nuggets 106, Suns 98
DENVER Nick Van Exel scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Denver outscored Phoenix 17-2 over the final four minutes.
Raef LaFrentz and Voshon Lenard added 19 points apiece as the Nuggets won for the second time in as many games under interim coach Mike Evans, who was subbing for suspended coach Dan Issel.
Stephon Marbury led Phoenix with 27 points. Rodney Rogers had 18 and Anfernee Hardaway 16.
Denver outscored Phoenix 30-15 in the final period.
Trail Blazers 117, Magic 106
PORTLAND, Ore. Rasheed Wallace scored a season-high 37 points and led a third-quarter 3-point barrage.
Ruben Patterson added a season-high 24 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter to help the Blazers hold on after letting a 16-point first-half lead slip to two in the final minutes.
Tracy McGrady had another terrific game, scoring 36 points. He also had a season-high nine assists and seven rebounds. He's averaged 36 points over his last six games.
The Magic got within 98-96 on a turnaround jump shot by Mike Miller with 3:47 left, but Steve Kerr responded with a short jumper and Patterson sank a 3-pointer. Derek Anderson's 3 sealed it at 107-97 with 1:23 left.
Warriors 93, Grizzlies 84
OAKLAND, Calif. Brian Winters won his debut as Golden State's interim coach after the Warriors fired Dave Cowens earlier in the day.
Antawn Jamison scored 20 points and Danny Fortson had 17 points and 15 rebounds as Winters presided over a sloppy victory. All five starters scored in double figures for the Warriors, who had 22 turnovers and blew much of a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter before hanging on to snap their four-game losing streak.
Jason Williams had 18 points for Memphis, which lost its fifth in six games.
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