Thursday, January 03, 2002

Shorthanded Bucks fall to Wolves

Garnett gets 22 and 19

Enquirer staff and news services

Rafer Alston (11) passes over Minnesota Timberwolves' William Avery .
(AP photo)
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        MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Garnett had 22 points and 19 rebounds and Anthony Peeler added 18 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the shorthanded Milwaukee Bucks 95-77 Wednesday night.

        Both teams' rosters were depleted by injuries. The Bucks' top three scorers — Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen and Sam Cassell — all missed the game, as did Joe Smith and Terrell Brandon of the Wolves.

        Garnett scored 13 of his points in the third quarter as the Wolves broke away after holding a one-point halftime lead. Peeler opened the fourth quarter with his fourth 3-pointer as the Wolves built their lead as high as 24 points.

        Nets 92, Grizzlies 74

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jason Kidd had 14 assists in 26 minutes and New Jersey held Memphis to a season-low seven points in the second quarter.

        Aaron Williams came off the bench to score a season-high 20 points, Kerry Kittles added 18 points and Kenyon Martin had 15 for the Eastern Conference-leading Nets, who won for the fourth time in five games.

        Memphis got within 10 points early in the third with a 6-0 run, but Kidd put on a show — assisting on seven straight baskets, the last five dunks. New Jersey led by as many as 27 points in the fourth quarter.

        Shane Battier had 20 points for the Grizzlies, Stromile Swift had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Pau Gasol had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

        Cavaliers 113, Warriors 98

CLEVELAND — Lamond Murray, playing for the first time since straining his lower back Dec. 22, scored a career-high 40 points.

        Murray shot 16-of-23 from the field, mostly on jumpers. After missing three games, Murray made six of eight shots in the first quarter for 15 points to spark Cleveland to a 31-16 advantage.

        Wesley Person scored 18 points while Andre Miller had 12 points and 14 assists for Cleveland. Antawn Jamison scored 24 points and rookie Jason Richardson added 13 points for Golden State.

        A 3-pointer by Murray with 6:34 left in the final quarter capped a 23-4 run that gave Cleveland a 95-78 lead.

        Celtics 110, Magic 94

BOSTON — Kenny Anderson scored all of his season-high 19 points in the first half as the Celtics won their seventh consecutive home game.

        Antoine Walker scored 30 with nine assists, Paul Pierce had 24 points and eight rebounds and Vitaly Potapenko had 10 points and nine rebounds. Anderson added seven assists, five rebounds and four steals for his best game since scoring 20 on Dec. 28, 2000.

        Pat Garrity scored 19 for the Magic, and Tracy McGrady and Mike Miller each had 15. Darrell Armstrong had 13 assists and six rebounds, but he also had eight turnovers and only three points as Orlando fell behind in the second quarter and never threatened thereafter.

        Kings 105, Clippers 91

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Chris Webber had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Sacramento Kings won their fifth straight game, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 105-91 Wednesday night.

        All five Sacramento starters and Scot Pollard scored in double figures as the Kings improved to an NBA-best 18-1 at home with their 11th straight win at Arco Arena — a record for the franchise since it moved to Sacramento in 1985.

        Vlade Divac sprained his knee in the first quarter but returned and finished with 16 points and nine rebounds as Sacramento pulled away with a 16-5 run in the fourth quarter.

        Raptors 95, Trail Blazers 84

PORTLAND, Ore. — Vince Carter scored 28 points as the Toronto Raptors built a 20-point third-quarter lead and held on, handing the Blazers their sixth straight loss.

        Chris Childs returned to the lineup and added nine assists for the Raptors, who won two out of three on their short West Coast trip. The only loss was against Seattle, when Carter sat out with an injured left shoulder.

        Rasheed Wallace had 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Blazers (13-18), who fell five games below .500 for the first time since late in the 1988-89 season. Their last six-game losing streak was in December 1995.

        Spurs 97, Pistons 85

SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan scored 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds and San Antonio won its second straight as five players scored in double figures. Steve Smith added 15 points, Malik Rose 13 and David Robinson 12.

        Detroit, which has lost eight of nine games, was led by Zeljko Rebraca with 17 points, while Chucky Atkins added 16 after moving into the starting lineup. Leading scorer Jerry Stackhouse was held to 13 points on 2-of-9 shooting.

        Leading 72-66 going to the fourth quarter, San Antonio connected on five of its first six shots to grab an 83-68 lead on Charles Smith's five-foot jump shot with 8:54 remaining. Detroit could get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.

        Mavericks 107, Bulls 97

CHICAGO — Steve Nash had 24 points and 11 assists and Dirk Nowitzki scored all 18 of his points in the second half to lead the Mavericks to their 10th straight win.

        Dallas played without guard Michael Finley, who missed his second straight game because because of a strained left hamstring. Their winning streak is one short of the club record.

        Greg Buckner shot 9-of-12 from the field for a career-high 18 points, and reserve Eduardo Najera added 15 for the Mavericks, who also were without injured center Shawn Bradley.

        Ron Artest tied his career-high with 29 points before fouling out for the Bulls, who had won two straight under new coach Bill Cartwright.

        76ers 102, Suns 81

PHOENIX — Allen Iverson scored 29 points and three other Philadelphia players scored at least 15 as the 76ers used a 36-point third quarter to rout the listless Suns.

        The Sixers, playing without Derrick Coleman, defeated a Western Conference team for just the third time in 15 tries this season. They are 2-3 with two stops left on their seven-game trip through the West.

        The defending Eastern Conference champions, off to an 13-18 start, enjoyed their most one-sided victory of the season. Dikmbe Mutombo scored 18, Aaron McKie 16 and Matt Harpring 15. Harpring also had 10 rebounds.

        Before the game, 76ers coach Larry Brown said there was no truth to a Philadelphia television station's report that he was considering resigning by the time the team's trip ends Saturday in Portland.

        Lakers 87, Nuggets 86

DENVER — Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, including a 20-footer that barely beat the shot clock with 55 seconds left.

        Rick Fox had 17 points and Samaki Walker had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who were without Shaquille O'Neal for the fifth straight game because of an arthritic big toe on his right foot.

        Denver, losing for the sixth time in seven games, got 25 points from Nick Van Exel and 22 from Voshon Lenard. The Nuggets had three shots on their last possession, but James Posey's desperation shot at the buzzer was off the mark.


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