Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Cavs end losing skid

Upset T-Wolves

By The Associated Press

        CLEVELAND — Wesley Person scored 27 points, Andre Miller had 17 and 12 assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a 12-game losing streak with a surprising 114-81 win Tuesday night over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

        The Cavs hadn't won since Jan. 2, and didn't figure to end their longest losing skid in 20 years against the Timberwolves, one of the NBA's elite teams. But the Cavs made 12 of 13 field-goal attempts while outscoring the Timberwolves 45-4 over a 9:37 stretch bridging the second and third quarters.

        It was Cleveland's most lopsided win this season and the Cavs' biggest since beating Charlotte by 33 on Jan. 25, 1997.

        Kevin Garnett, who shot 7-of-23, scored 14 points but missed his last nine shots for the cold-shooting Timberwolves, who went 1-for-15 from the floor during the Cavs' unexpected scoring binge.

        Pistons 89, Wizards 86

        WASHINGTON — Clifford Robinson hit a 19-foot jump shot over Popeye Jones with 18.8 seconds remaining as Detroit beat Washington.

        Jerry Stackhouse, disappointed he wasn't selected for the All-Star game earlier in the day, had 24 points, six rebounds and six assists, but was 1-for-6 in the final quarter as the Wizards overcame a 12-point deficit.

        Robinson's shot made it 88-86, and both Chris Whitney and Hubert Davis missed jumpers that could have tied it for the Wizards in the final seconds. The Wizards wanted Michael Jordan, who scored 32 points, to take the shot, but Jordan was smothered with good defense by Michael Curry and never touched the ball.

        Robinson finished with 14 points, and Chucky Atkins had 20 as the Pistons won their third straight and ended the Wizards' two-game winning streak.

        Lakers 127, Hawks 93

        ATLANTA — Kobe Bryant scored 20 of his 32 points in the first quarter and Los Angeles routed Atlanta.

        The defending NBA champions stopped a mini-slump — they had lost three of four — with a dominating performance against the league's worst defensive team. Los Angeles had a season high in points, racing to a 68-41 lead at halftime and reaching triple digits on Derek Fisher's layup with 1:08 remaining in the third quarter.

        Shaquille O'Neal added 23 points and Fisher 20 for the Lakers, who shot a staggering 57.5 percent (50-of-87) from the field.

        Shareef Abdur-Rahim, named to his first All-Star team earlier in the day, was about the only bright spot for Atlanta with 21 points.

        Knicks 78, 76ers 71

        NEW YORK — Charlie Ward did more in one quarter than he had in a long time, scoring 11 of his season-high 14 points in the final 12 minutes to lead the resurgent New York Knicks past Philadelphia.

        The Knicks extended their winning streak to a season-high four games and held the 76ers to their lowest point total of the season.

        It was just the second loss in the past nine games for the 76ers, who got just 15 points from Allen Iverson — none in the fourth quarter — on 6-for-25 shooting.

        Ward, who scored a total of just 11 points in the previous three games, was on the court for the entire fourth quarter after logging just seven minutes in the first three quarters. He scored eight of New York's first 10 points of the fourth quarter to give New York the first 10-point lead of the game, 69-59 with 5:27 left.

        Matt Harpring had 17 and Derrick Coleman 12 for the 76ers, who had scored at least 90 points in their 10 previous games and hadn't been held in the 70s since Dec. 7.

        Bucks 109, Celtics 90

        MILWAUKEE — Sam Cassell scored 20 points, and Glenn Robinson and Ray Allen added 19 apiece as the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away in the second half for a 109-90 victory Tuesday night over the Boston Celtics.

        Celtics' forward Paul Pierce, picked as an Eastern Conference All-Star earlier in the day, left midway through the fourth quarter after re-aggravating his sprained left wrist and did not return.

        Milwaukee, which snapped a three-game home losing streak, gained control by outscoring Boston 35-17 in the third quarter.

        Antoine Walker had 25 points for the Celtics, and Erick Strickland added 18.

        Clippers 117, Mavericks 100

        DALLAS — Jeff McInnis scored a season-high 31 points, including three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes, as Los Angeles beat Dallas and ended the Mavericks' seven-game winning streak.

        The Clippers led 104-100 with 3:58 left, then scored the final 13 points. McInnis had the first eight and Darius Miles the last five, including a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left while the Mavericks stood with slumped shoulders and sagging faces.

        Dallas had won 20 of 23 — including a 133-112 victory over the Clippers in the previous game — and was welcoming Michael Finley back to the lineup after an 11-game absence. Dallas was 10-1 in that stretch and 12-1 in the 13 games he's missed this season.

        Michael Finley, sidelined 11 games with hamstring injuries, had 14 points in 29 minutes, but sat out the last 11 minutes for Dallas. Newly named All-Stars Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki each scored 22.

        Hornets 78, Spurs 73

        SAN ANTONIO — Reserve Bryce Drew scored 15 points to lead Charlotte over San Antonio.

        Elden Campbell added 13 points and P.J. Brown 10 to help Charlotte snap a two-game losing streak.

        Tim Duncan had 29 points and 21 rebounds for San Antonio, which was without injured center David Robinson. The Spurs were 3-of-22 from the field in the fourth quarter in their lowest-scoring game of the season.

        Minutes after the game, the Alamodome was evacuated because of a bomb threat called into a city emergency dispatcher. Authorities let people re-enter the building after a one-hour search, with facility manager Kevin Duvall saying no explosives were found.

        Rockets 100, Warriors 96, OT

        HOUSTON — Steve Francis had 33 points and 12 rebounds, and Kenny Thomas added 23 points as Houston rallied from 13 points down to beat Golden State.

        Thomas scored six points in overtime. Moochie Norris hit two free throws with 29 seconds to play and Francis added a free throw with 15 seconds left to wrap up the victory as the Rockets won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 6-8. They beat Charlotte in overtime Saturday.

        Golden State, which has lost 12 of 14, blew a 10-point lead with three minutes to play in regulation. Francis scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Rockets.

        Larry Hughes scored 17 and Jason Richardson 16 for the Warriors, who have lost 14 of 15 on the road.

        Heat 100, Nuggets 94, OT

        DENVER — Eddie Jones scored 37 points, including a crucial three-point play in overtime, as Miami held off Denver.

        Jones dunked the ball and made the free throw after drawing a foul, putting the Heat up 94-92 at 2:03 in overtime. Ryan Bowen then fouled Brian Grant, who made the two free throws. After Calbert Cheaney scored to get the Nuggets within two, Kendall Gill drained two jumpers, the last with six seconds left.

        Nick Van Exel, who had 15 points, made a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left to put the Nuggets up 89-87, but Jones came back with a layup to tie and Van Exel missed a jumper in the final seconds in regulation.

        Grant had 11 points and 14 rebounds for Miami, which beat Denver for the 12th straight time.

        Raef LaFrentz led Denver with 30 points.

        Suns 91, Bulls 90

        PHOENIX — Shawn Marion had 24 points and 10 rebounds, including a 20-foot jumper that proved to be the winning basket as Phoenix escaped with a victory over Chicago.

        Chicago had a chance for its second road victory of the season, but A.J. Guyton threw up an airball under defensive pressure from 20 feet with less than a second to play.

        Ron Artest, in a head-to-head match up with Marion most of the night, had 26 points for the Bulls, who fell to 1-20 on the road.

        Rodney Rogers had 13 points for Phoenix but missed twice to give Chicago the final shot. Penny Hardaway was 6-for-8 from the field and had 12 points and seven assists.

        Trail Blazers 92, SuperSonics 86

        SEATTLE — Dale Davis had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Bonzi Wells scored 19 points to lead Portland over Seattle.

        The Blazers won for the 10th time in 12 games and beat the Sonics for the eighth time in nine games, including two straight this season.

        Rasheed Wallace, who got his 13th technical of the season in the first half, kept his temper in the second half and finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

        The Sonics, who had won four of their previous five, got 27 points and six assists from Gary Payton.


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