Sunday, March 17, 2002

Pistons move into first place

Stackhouse leads Detroit to win at Milwaukee

Associated Press

        MILWAUKEE — Jerry Stackhouse had 25 points and seven assists as the Detroit Pistons took over first place in the Central Division with a 102-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

        Chucky Atkins added 19 points and Ben Wallace had 16 rebounds for Detroit, which rallied after the Bucks led 74-68 late in the third.

        It was Detroit's first victory over the Bucks this season following two losses. The teams meet again at Detroit on the final night of the season.

        Both teams came in with identical 36-27 records.

        Corliss Williamson had 17 points and Jon Barry added 14 for Detroit.

        Stackhouse hit two 3s and Atkins and Barry each added a 3-pointer during a 20-7 run stretching over the end of the third and into the fourth that gave the Pistons an 88-81 lead with 6:41 left.

        Ervin Johnson converted a three-point play for a 74-68 Bucks' lead with 1:03 left in the third, but Atkins hit his 3-pointer and Barry added another to tie the game and start the Pistons' rally.

        Ray Allen had 20 points, Anthony Mason and Glenn Robinson each added 16 and Sam Cassell had 15, but it wasn't enough as Milwaukee lost its fifth game in the last seven at home.

        Spurs 111, Celtics 104

        SAN ANTONIO — Danny Ferry scored a season-high 18 points, 10 in the final three minutes, to lead San Antonio past Boston.

        Tim Duncan led all scorers with 37 points for the Spurs, who extended their winning streak to nine games and snapped the Celtics's seven-game win streak.

        Reserve Malik Rose added 14 for San Antonio, and David Robinson, who played only sparingly in the second half, had 12.

        Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker each scored 31 for the Celtics. Walker had 11 rebounds.

        A layup by Duncan put the Spurs up 99-89 with 3:44 remaining. Boston then scored eight straight points to cut the deficit to two before Ferry made a 3-pointer with 2:11 left.

        Bulls 114, Rockets 112, 2OT

        HOUSTON — Jalen Rose scored a career-high 44 points, including a 15-foot jump shot as the buzzer sounded, to lead Chicago past Houston.

        Rose, whose previous career high was 43 against New Jersey in the season opener, also had 11 rebounds and six assists.

        Cuttino Mobley led the Rockets with 37 points and Moochie Norris had 17 assists.

        Heat 101, Nuggets 76

        MIAMI — Alonzo Mourning scored 24 points to lead Miami to the rout.

        The Heat won for the seventh time in nine games and remained 1 1/2 games behind Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

        The Nuggets lost their fourth straight game and have dropped eight straight on the road. Miami defeated Denver for the 13th straight time.

        Knicks 105, Cavaliers 95

        NEW YORK — Allan Houston scored 28 points as New York won consecutive games under coach Don Chaney for just the second time.

        Kurt Thomas added 22 points, Mark Jackson had a season-high 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and Latrell Sprewell scored 18 for the Knicks, who will try for their third straight win today in Cleveland.

        Hornets 87, Suns 76

        CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jamal Mashburn scored 23 points and Elden Campbell added 17 for the Hornets, who pulled away in the final five minutes.

        Campbell scored six points in the final 4:34 as the Hornets negated a 31-point effort from Suns forward Shawn Marion. Stephon Marbury added 19 points for Phoenix.


        Denver guard Tim Hardaway was suspended for two games without pay and fined $10,000 by the NBA on Saturday for his TV tossing tirade in Orlando.


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