Thursday, December 12, 2002

NBA Roundup

76ers take first home loss

The Associated Press

No team in the NBA's Eastern Conference is perfect at home anymore. The Seattle SuperSonics removed that distinction from the resume of the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night, rallying in the second half for a 92-88 victory.

The loss dropped the 76ers' home record to 10-1, leaving Sacramento (11-0) and Dallas (10-0) as the league's only remaining teams with unblemished home records.

Brent Barry made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 23 seconds left as Seattle came back from a 17-point deficit.

Gary Payton's two free throws made it a three-point advantage, and Derrick Coleman missed a deep 3 from the corner. Ansu Sesay got the rebound and made one of two free throws to clinch the win.

Payton and Rashard Lewis each scored 20 points, Barry had 18 and Vladimir Radmanovic came off the bench to score 11 for the Sonics, who held the Sixers to 9-of-34 shooting in the second half.

In other games, San Antonio defeated Dallas 111-104, Indiana downed Milwaukee 124-119 in overtime, New Jersey edged Portland 105-104, Phoenix defeated Boston 103-94, Memphis beat Denver 96-93, Detroit topped Atlanta 91-80 and Cleveland downed Toronto 96-73.

Allen Iverson had 26 points, Keith Van Horn scored 24 and Eric Snow had 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Sixers, who have lost three in a row after winning eight straight.

Philadelphia had the first four points of the fourth quarter before the Sonics scored 15 of the next 18 to take their first lead.

"We played well and got a lead, then let everything fall apart," Iverson said. "We've got to play hard all the time or this is what will happen."

Prior to Barry's 3-pointer, Payton missed a shot with 26 seconds left and Desmond Mason grabbed an offensive rebound. Coach Nate McMillan seemed to be calling for a timeout, but Mason found Barry for the 3-pointer.

"Good thing we didn't call it," Payton said. "Brent's our best shooter, that's what he's here for. We were very comfortable with him shooting."

The Sonics have won just four times in their last 12 games. In three of those wins, a 3-pointer from Barry in the final seconds has won the game.

Spurs 111, Mavericks 104

At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored a career-high 32 points, including seven free throws in the final minute.

The loss was only the third in 22 games this season for the Mavericks, who played without leading scorer and rebounder Dirk Nowitzki (sprained ankle).

The Spurs held off a fourth-quarter Dallas charge led by Michael Finley, who made four 3-pointers in the period.

Tim Duncan added 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Spurs, and David Robinson had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Stephen Jackson contributed 17 points.

Pacers 126, Bucks 119, OT

At Milwaukee, Jermaine O'Neal matched his season high with 30 points, including four in overtime, Jamaal Tinsley scored 21 and Reggie Miller 20.

Ron Artest had 12 points, including three in overtime, to help the Pacers beat the Bucks for the first time in five games at the Bradley Center.

Indiana had lost three of its previous four on a six-game road trip.

Ray Allen had 26 points before fouling out with 16.3 seconds left in overtime. Sam Cassell added 25 and Tim Thomas had 19 for the Bucks, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

Nets 105, Trail Blazers 104

At East Rutherford, N.J., Jason Kidd had 27 points and 12 assists and the Nets continued to make New Jersey an unkind place for visiting teams.

Richard Jefferson added 22 points and career-highs of 15 rebounds and seven assists, and Rodney Rogers made a big steal with 8.1 seconds to play as the Nets won their sixth straight at home and 11th in 12 games.

Ruben Patterson came off the bench to score a season-high 26 points for Portland, which had a three-game overall winning streak and a three-game road winning streak snapped.

Suns 103, Celtics 94

At Boston, Shawn Marion had 32 points and 11 rebounds and Amare Stoudemire added 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Phoenix to its second road victory of the season.

Antoine Walker tied a season high of 31 points for Boston, while Paul Pierce was injured on a hard foul by Stoudemire and was held to 16 points.

Marion scored four points in a 6-0 run that turned an 86-85 lead into a seven-point advantage with 2:44 left. Pierce drew the Celtics to 92-87 with a short jump shot, but the Celtics would get no closer as Marion hit a pair of key baskets to seal the victory.

Grizzlies 96, Nuggets 93

At Memphis, Tenn., Jason Williams returned from a three-game absence and scored five of his 16 points in the final 36 seconds.

Williams' 3-pointer with 35.2 seconds left tied the game, 93-93. His two free throws 10 seconds later gave Memphis the lead for good, 95-93.

Pau Gasol led six Grizzlies in double figures with 18.

Pistons 91, Hawks 80

At Auburn Hills, Mich., Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 32 points and Cliff Robinson added a season-best 21 as the Pistons avenged a two-point loss last weekend in Atlanta.

The Pistons also got 16 points from Corliss Williamson and 18 rebounds from Ben Wallace.

Cavaliers 96, Raptors 83

At Cleveland, rookie Dajuan Wagner scored a career-high 33 points.

Wagner scored 14 points in the third quarter as Cleveland took control, turning a 46-44 deficit into a 74-67 lead. The Cavaliers opened the fourth quarter with a 18-6 run, holding Toronto without a field goal for the first four minutes.

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