Sunday, January 27, 2002

Knicks win thriller at Milwaukee


Two game-tying threes not enough for Bucks

By The Associated Press

        MILWAUKEE — Latrell Sprewell scored 31 of his 48 points in the fourth quarter and the first overtime and the New York Knicks survived a pair of game-tying 3-pointers to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 129-127 in double-overtime Saturday.

        Sprewell tied a Knicks record by making nine 3-pointers, but it was Clarence Weatherspoon who broke the last tie by making two free throws with 1.9 seconds left in the second overtime.

        The Knicks won their third in a row and handed the Bucks their third consecutive home loss.

        Glenn Robinson, who missed the previous 14 games with a bruised left thigh, led the Bucks with a season-high 38 points. Allan Houston scored 34 points for New York.

        Kings 114, Jazz 90

SALT LAKE CITY — Peja Stojakovic scored 25 points and Chris Webber had 19 points and 10 rebounds as Sacramento won its fourth straight over the Jazz.

        Mike Bibby and Bobby Jackson each scored 14 for the Kings, who two days earlier had embarrassed the Jazz in Sacramento with a 113-80 blowout that was Utah's worst loss of the season.

        The upper hand in this series clearly has swung toward Sacramento, which beat Utah for the fifth time in their last six meetings. Before that, the Jazz had won 19 of 23.

        Karl Malone scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds but couldn't prevent the Utah's fifth loss in their last six games.

        Heat 90, Nets 77

MIAMI — Alonzo Mourning scored 23 points and the Miami Heat shot 52 percent for their seventh victory in eight games.

        Brian Grant tied a season high with 12 rebounds and Mourning added eight for the Heat, who outrebounded the Nets 45-27. Miami's Eddie Jones scored 20 points, giving him at least 20 in six consecutive games.

        Kenyon Martin scored 19 points for the Nets, now 1-2 this season against Miami. Jason Kidd had nine assists but was limited to six points and five rebounds.

        The Nets shot 41 percent and barely surpassed their season-low point total of 76 against Washington on New Year's Eve.

        Spurs 90, Warriors 82

        OAKLAND, Calif. — Tim Duncan scored 20 points, and David Robinson had 12 points and seven blocked shots as San Antonio won its 14th straight meeting with Golden State.

        Duncan scored at least 20 points in his 24th straight game. He also had nine rebounds and blocked three shots. Charles Smith added 19 points for San Antonio.

        The Warriors shot 34 percent while losing for the 11th time in 13 games. Bob Sura scored 19 points for Golden State, while Antawn Jamison had 17 as the Warriors dropped to 6-13 under interim coach Brian Winters.

        Mavericks 133, Clippers 112

        LOS ANGELES — Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and Juwan Howard added 27 as Dallas beat the Los Angeles Clippers for its seventh straight victory.

        Tim Hardaway got 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and Steve Nash also had 20 for the Mavericks, who have won 20 of 23 and lead Minnesota by a half-game in the Midwest Division.

        Reserve Quentin Richardson scored 12 of his career-high 31 points in the fourth quarter for the Clippers.

        Los Angeles tied a franchise record with 14 3-pointers. Richardson had eight, eclipsing the club mark of seven.

        Timberwolves 103, Hawks 80

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves rediscovered their defense against the short-handed Hawks.

        The Wolves, who had allowed eight of their previous nine opponents to reach 100, held the Hawks to 37 percent shooting and forced 24 turnovers. Minnesota scored 37 points off turnovers and improved to 24-1 when holding opponents below 100.

        Terrell Brandon had 14 points and 12 assists in returning to the starting lineup for the first time since Dec. 15. Minnesota led by as many as 33 points after taking control with an 18-1 run in the third quarter.

        SuperSonics 95, Pacers 86

INDIANAPOLIS — Gary Payton scored 27 points and Seattle held Indiana to one field goal over the final seven minutes.

        Indiana's final basket, by Jalen Rose with 4:12 left, gave the Pacers their final lead, 84-83.

        Brent Barry, who finished with 22 points, hit a basket and free throw a minute later to put Seattle ahead for good.

        O'Neal led Indiana with 19 points. Reggie Miller and Foster added 16 points each.

        Wizards 112, Suns 102

WASHINGTON — Michael Jordan scored 41 points, giving him back-to-back 40-plus games.

        Jordan, voted to his 13th All-Star game in fan balloting results announced earlier in the day, followed his 40-point game against Cleveland on Thursday with a 17-for-30 performance with seven assists in 40 minutes.

        He has led the Wizards to a 21-20 record, already two victories better than last season's 19-63 season, prompting coach Doug Collins to grade the season as an “A-plus” before the game.

        Stephon Marbury led the Suns with 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, but he also had seven of Phoenix's 16 turnovers.

        Celtics 108, Cavaliers 101

CLEVELAND — Antoine Walker scored 31 points, Paul Pierce added 22 and the Boston Celtics handed Cleveland its 12th straight loss.

        Walker, who earlier in the day was voted as a starter to the Eastern Conference's All-Star team, scored a big basket whenever the Celtics needed one.

        So did Erick Strickland, who had 21 points and made a key 3-pointer as the Celtics held off the Cavs down the stretch. Strickland was 6-for-9 on 3s.

        Cleveland's losing streak is its longest since the end of the 1981-82 season when the Cavs dropped 19 in a row en route to losing an NBA record 24 straight over two seasons.

        Rockets 111, Hornets 104, OT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Steve Francis celebrated his first selection to the All-Star Game by scoring 30 points, including four free throws in the final 42 seconds of overtime.

        Francis came up with a pair of rebounds after Charlotte misses that forced the Hornets to send him to the line. He made four straight to put the Rockets up 106-102 with 20 seconds to play.

        Charlotte's Jamaal Magloire cut it to 106-104 on a layup, but the Hornets had to foul Cutino Mobley and he made both free throws to make it 108-104. Mobley, who finished with 27 points, then made three more free throws to seal the win and help the Rockets snap their four-game losing streak.

        Charlotte's Baron Davis had 34 points and 11 assists.

        Bulls 95, Grizzlies 92

CHICAGO — Ron Artest hit the go-ahead basket and made three other huge plays in the final 90 seconds Saturday night.

        Brad Miller tied his career high with 32 points, and little-used A.J. Guyton came off the injured list to score 16 for Chicago, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

        Pau Gasol scored 26 points and Jason Williams added 22 for Memphis, which has lost seven straight. Shane Battier added 17 points and eight rebounds.

       



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