Saturday, January 19, 2002

Bucks win streak at six

Cassell's 26 points, late free throws help beat Magic

By The Associated Press

Orlando Magic's Troy Hudson (11) is fouled by Milwaukee Bucks' Sam Cassell as he drives to the basket.
(AP photo)
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        MILWAUKEE — Sam Cassell scored 26 points, including a key 3-pointer and four free throws in the last minute, to give the Milwaukee Bucks a 115-110 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

        The win extended the Bucks' winning streak to six games. It also gave them a 10-game winning streak in the regular season against Orlando.

        Ray Allen led the Bucks with 28 points and Tim Thomas added 22. Mike Miller led Orlando with 25 points and Tracy McGrady added 22.

        Raptors 89, Nets 77

        TORONTO — Vince Carter scored 23 points, including six straight late in the fourth quarter, as Toronto ended New Jersey's six-game winning streak.

        Antonio Davis added 17 points, Dell Curry had 15 and Keon Clark had 13 rebounds and 10 points for the Raptors, who have won three straight and five of six.

        Jason Kidd had 19 points and eight assists for the Nets, who were trying for their longest winning streak in 18 years.

        Rockets 104, Celtics 101

        BOSTON — Steve Francis had the fourth triple-double of his career and Moochie Norris hit a critical 3-pointer with 27 seconds left as Houston beat Boston.

        The Celtics led only twice, 20-19 and 42-41, but closed to within 97-95 with four consecutive points. Antoine Walker then made one of two free throws, cutting the lead to one with 42 seconds to go.

        Then Norris, who had just seven points, hit his basket from the left corner for a 100-96 lead.

        Pistons 96, Pacers 93

        INDIANPOLIS — Jerry Stackhouse scored 32 points and Cliff Robinson added 27 as Detroit beat Indiana to snap an 11-game road losing streak.

        Robinson put the Pistons ahead on a jumper with 30 seconds left that gave Detroit a 91-89 lead. The Pacers cut it to 94-91 but Reggie Miller's 3-point attempt was blocked by Ben Wallace with six seconds left.

        The Pacers got the ball back and Miller again tried to tie it with a 3. This time, he was fouled by Wallace and the referee said he was inside the 3-point arc. Miller made both free throws but Stackhouse added two free throws and the Pistons held on for their first road win since Dec. 1 at New York.

        Kings 121, Warriors 97

        SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Chris Webber had 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists before fouling out as Sacramento became the first team to win 11 straight games this season.

        The Kings have won 15 consecutive games at Arco Arena, where they are an NBA-best 22-1. It was Sacramento's seventh straight win over the Warriors, who have lost eight of nine games.

        Peja Stojakovic had 20 points for the Kings, who had all five starters and two reserves in double figures.

        Antawn Jamison scored 24 points for the Warriors.

        Clippers 109, Cavaliers 103

        LOS ANGELES — Elton Brand scored 24 points and Quentin Richardson scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles beat Cleveland.

        Michael Olowokandi added a season-high 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who returned home from a 1-5 road trip and improved their home record to 17-7.

        Former Clipper Lamond Murray had 24 points for Cleveland. Andre Miller 24 points and 10 assists for the Cavaliers, who ended a six-game road trip with their ninth straight loss and 12th in 14 games.

        Suns 103, Timberwolves 100 OT

        PHOENIX — Stephon Marbury overcame a poor shooting night by hitting a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds to play in overtime to help Phoenix snap Minnesota's nine-game winning streak.

        Marbury shot just 7-for-28 on the game but finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

        Kevin Garnett scored 24 of his 32 points in the second half for Minnesota but none in overtime. Chauncey Billups scored 26 but only six after halftime. Wally Szczerbiak added 22 points for Minnesota.

        Nuggets 96, SuperSonics 90

        DENVER — Ryan Bowen had 12 points during a 38-7 run that helped rally Denver past Seattle.

        Voshon Lenard and Avery Johnson each had 10 points during the flurry, which erased a 13-point deficit midway through the third quarter and produced an 18-point lead with 8:32 left.

        Lenard finished with 27 points. Bowen had a career-high 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Johnson also had 18 points. Zendon Hamilton also set career highs with 12 points and 16 rebounds.

        Gary Payton led Seattle with 25 points.


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