Friday, March 15, 2002

Sprewell pops Kings for 43 points in win

Knicks defeat Webber-less Sacramento

The Associated Press

        NEW YORK — Latrell Sprewell had 43 points and six assists Thursday night and the New York Knicks defeated Sacramento 113-96 as the Kings played without injured forward Chris Webber.

        Sprewell had 24 points in the first half, and his shooting in the fourth quarter held off the Kings' late run. Kurt Thomas added 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Allan Houston scored 16 points.

        “I told him to slow down at halftime, and I guess it just pumped him up,” Webber said with a smile.

        Mike Bibby scored 21 points for the Kings, who own the NBA's best record but struggled without Webber, shooting 41 percent, committing 15 turnovers.

        Sprewell scored 12 points in the fourth, including a layup that stopped the Kings' 10-2 run and gave the Knicks a 97-85 lead with 4:56 left.

        Hedo Turkoglu missed a pair of layups and Mike Bibby missed an open 3-pointer as Sacramento never threatened again.

        Doug Christie hit an open 3-pointer and Bibby had a layup to cap an 11-4 run that cut New York's lead to seven points with 5:17 left in the third quarter.

        But Scot Pollard missed a pair of free throws and Peja Stojakovic missed a fast-break layup as the Kings failed to gain more ground.

        Sprewell then hit a jump shot and the Kings didn't score again until Bibby made two free throws with 1:05 left in the quarter.

        Kurt Thomas hit five free throws and a turnaround jumper during the 11-0 New York run, and another jumper with 41.6 seconds left. Bibby ended the third quarter with a pair of free throws, but the Knicks took an 88-71 lead into the fourth.

        Hornets 100, Jazz 82

        CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jamal Mashburn scored 26 points and Baron Davis added 18 as Charlotte cruised to a victory over Utah.

        Donyell Marshall led the Jazz (34-30) with 15 points, and Andrei Kirilenko contributed 10.

        Charlotte (31-33) used a 20-2 run that began midway through the first quarter to take a 24-15 advantage on Mashburn's three-point play with 1:52 left. The Hornets never looked back.

        The advantage grew to 53-32 on a pair free throws by Elden Campbell with 47 seconds left in the half, and the Hornets expanded the lead to as many as 26 points in the third period. When Davis followed his own miss with 7:06 left in the third, the Hornets led 70-44.

        Spurs 91, Bulls 86

        SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan scored 24 points, seven coming on free throws in the fourth quarter, to help San Antonio sneak past Chicago.

        Duncan wasn't the only one contributing from the line — the Spurs tallied 15 of their 23 points in the final period on free throws. The win was the eighth straight for San Antonio, while Chicago fell for the eighth consecutive time.

        David Robinson added 15 points and 17 rebounds for San Antonio.

        Marcus Fizer came off the bench for 22 points and 12 boards for the Bulls. Travis Best had 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting, and Jalen Rose finished with 20 points.

        Several times the Spurs built double-digit leads and tried to pull away, and each time Chicago stayed close.

        TIMBERWOLVES: Gary Trent of the Minnesota Timberwolves was fined $3,000 by the NBA on Thursday for throwing a notebook after his ejection from a game against Houston.

        With 10:21 left in the third period of Wednesday's night's game against the Rockets, Trent was called for a flagrant foul on Kenny Thomas as he drove the lane. Trent was kicked out after arguing with referee Mike Callahan.

        Before leaving the court, Trent grabbed a notebook on the scorer's table and threw it on the floor, scattering papers.

        TRAIL BLAZERS: Shawn Kemp needed at least four stitches in his head after colliding with Portland teammate Chris Dudley during Thursday night's game against Dallas.

        Kemp and Dudley were going for an offensive rebound when they banged heads with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter.

        Kemp lay on the floor for several seconds, and when he got up, there was blood coming from the right side of his head. Dudley received a bump and did not go to the locker room.


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