Friday, February 01, 2002

Jordan buzzer-beater rocks Cleveland

Nets crush Bucks

By The Associated Press

Washington Wizards' Michael Jordan reacts after scoring the game-winning basket.
(AP photo)
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        CLEVELAND — Michael Jordan did it to Cleveland again, hitting an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer Thursday night to give the Washington Wizards a 93-92 win over the Cavaliers.

        Jordan victimized Cleveland throughout his career with the Chicago Bulls, and although he's wearing a Washington jersey now, No. 23 still has the Cavaliers' number.

        With Washington down 92-91, Jordan got free on a defensive switch and calmly drained his jumper for the Wizards, who rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

        Jordan's game-winner was almost identical to the shot he hit in Game 5 over Craig Ehlo at Richfield Coliseum in 1989 to beat the Cavs and eliminate Cleveland from the playoffs.

        Jordan finished with 26 points and Chris Whitney had 20 for the Wizards.

        Wesley Person had 21 points and Andre Miller had 15 points and 12 assists for the Cavaliers.

        Nets 125, Bucks 100

        EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jason Kidd recorded his league-best fourth triple-double with 21 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds as New Jersey beat Milwaukee in a battle between the leaders of the Atlantic and Central Division of the Eastern Conference.

        The point total was the Nets' highest of the season and it allowed them to snap a five-game losing streak against the Bucks that dated to March 18, 2000.

        Kerry Kittles had 20 of his 21 points in the first quarter for the Nets. Todd MacCulloch added 20 points and 11 rebounds. Kenyon Martin had 14 points and a couple of monster slams, and rookie Richard Jefferson came off the bench to add career-high 21 points.

        Glenn Robinson came off the bench to lead Milwaukee with 23 points. Sam Cassell added 19 and Ray Allen had 15.

        Clippers 91, Spurs 87

        SAN ANTONIO — Michael Olowokandi had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Elton Brand added 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers beat San Antonio, snapping a 15-game losing streak against the Spurs.

        Quentin Richardson scored 18 points, Jeff McInnis 15 and Eric Piatkowski 11 for the Clippers.

        Tim Duncan had 23 points and 16 rebounds for the Spurs, who lost their fourth straight home game, their longest home losing streak since April 1997.

        Malik Rose added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Steve Smith and Antonio Daniels each scored 15 points.

        Raptors 97, Celtics 92

        TORONTO — Vince Carter scored 27 points as Toronto rallied from a 17-point deficit and extended its winning streak to three games with a victory over Boston.

        Keon Clark had 16 points and six rebounds for the Raptors, who won for the ninth time in 12 games.

        The victory was No. 74 for coach Lenny Wilkens, who became the winningest coach in the franchise's seven-year history.

        Antoine Walker, who committed several key turnovers in the fourth quarter, finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics. Paul Pierce shot 5-for-24 from the field and finished with 22 points. Tony Battie added 16 points and nine rebounds.

        Mavericks 95, Rockets 91

        DALLAS — All-Star guard Steve Nash scored 33 points, 15 in the last 8 minutes, as Dallas needed an unexpected comeback to beat Houston.

        The Mavericks blew a 17-point lead and trailed 73-69 before Nash began his game-ending run with five straight points.

        Juwan Howard had 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki finished with 13 points, and Michael Finley, in his second game back from injury, had 11.

        Kelvin Cato finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, his fourth straight double-double, for the Rockets. Cuttino Mobley added 15 points.

        Trail Blazers 105, Suns 97

        PORTLAND, Ore. — Rasheed Wallace and Bonzi Wells each scored 20 points as Portland extended its winning streak to five games with a victory over Phoenix.

        Portland won for the 11th time in 13 games and dealt Phoenix its third straight road loss.

        Scottie Pippen just missed a triple-double, finishing with 12 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for Portland. Dale Davis had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Damon Stoudamire finished with 19 points and seven assists.

        Shawn Marion led the Suns with 23 points and nine rebounds. Stephon Marbury added 22 points and 12 assists, and Penny Hardaway had 17 points, six assists and six rebounds.

        Kings 99, SuperSonics 95

        SEATTLE — Peja Stojakovic hit a 3-pointer and an 18-footer in the final minute and Sacramento, playing without the suspended Chris Webber, beat Seattle.

        Stojakovic finished with 32 points as the Kings, who have the NBA's best record at 34-10, won for the 15th time in 16 games.

        The Kings got 13 points and 10 rebounds from Vlade Divac, and 12 points each from Mike Bibby and Hedo Turkoglu.

        Gary Payton scored 25 points and Vin Baker had 22, 20 in the first half, for the Sonics, who lost their second straight home game. Rashard Lewis added 18 points.

        Webber was suspended for one game for throwing an elbow at Utah's Jarron Collins last Saturday. Webber missed his 24th game of the season. The Kings are 17-7 without Webber in the lineup and 17-3 with him.


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