Sunday, April 07, 2002

Spurs clip Mavericks, move closer to 1st place

Duncan's jumper sparks San Antonio

The Associated Press

Dallas Mavericks center Raef LaFrentz (45) guards San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan.
(AP photo)
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        SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan made a jumper with two seconds left and finished with 33 points, leading the San Antonio Spurs to an 89-87 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

        The Spurs moved within a half-game of Midwest Division-leading Mavericks. Dallas (52-23) has seven games remaining, while San Antonio (52-24) has six.

        Antonio Daniels scored 13 points for the Spurs and David Robinson had nine points and 13 rebounds.

        Nick Van Exel led Dallas with 27 points, including 19 in the second half. Dirk Nowitzki finished with 26 points and 21 rebounds, and Michael Finley added 18 points.

        Just as in the first three meetings between the teams, the outcome was decided at the foul line down the stretch.

        Mavericks point guard Steve Nash, who is averaging 19 points and eight assists, left the game at halftime with a stomach ailment. He was scoreless with two assists in 18 minutes.

        The Spurs made their first four shots in jumping out to a 8-0 lead before Nowitzki hit a turnaround jumper at 9:59.

        Duncan secured his league-leading 62nd double-double of the season early with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.

        Hornets 93, Hawks 86

        ATLANTA — Jamal Mashburn scored 25 points and Charlotte overcame a terrible shooting performance by Baron Davis to beat Atlanta.

        Charlotte, which has won three straight and four of five, moved within a half-game of fourth-place Orlando in the Eastern Conference standings.

        Davis, whose 18.5 point scoring average ranks second-best for the Hornets, scored just five points on 2-for-15 shooting.

        The lead changed nine times, but Mashburn put the Hornets ahead 60-57 when he made a 3-pointer with 7:15 left in the third quarter.

        Atlanta tied the game for the last time at 66 with 1:36 remaining in the third on two free throws by Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

        Cavaliers 120, Bulls 101

        CLEVELAND — Andre Miller had 23 points and 16 assists, leading Cleveland past Chicago. Miller had 14 points and four assists in the third quarter as the Cavaliers extended their lead to 29 points and went on to win for just the second time in nine games.

        Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 16 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland.

        Jalen Rose scored 18 of his 30 points in the third quarter as Chicago's losing streak reached nine games. The Bulls have lost 17 of 18.

        Miller stole a pass by Rose and fed Wesley Person for an uncontested dunk that gave Cleveland its largest lead at 94-65 with 3:25 left in the third quarter.

        Wizards 88, Grizzlies 85

        WASHINGTON — Chris Whitney made two free throws with 13.4 seconds left, and Jason Williams missed two 3-pointers — including a wide open look from the baseline at the buzzer — as Washington broke a four-game losing streak.

        The victory, the first for the Wizards since Michael Jordan announced he was out for the season, moved Washington within three games of Indiana and Toronto, who are tied for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

        Richard Hamilton and Courtney Alexander scored 15 points apiece, and Whitney had seven points and six assists for the Wizards in a game otherwise dominated by rookies.

        Trail Blazers 113, Warriors 86

        PORTLAND, Ore. — Derek Anderson scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, and Rasheed Wallace added 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead Portland to a victory over Golden State.

        Shawn Kemp had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a reserve role for the Blazers, who remained one game behind fifth-place Minnesota in the Western Conference playoff race.

        Antawn Jamison led the Warriors with 19 points. Adonal Foyle added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Danny Fortson had 12 points and nine rebounds.


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