Sunday, January 26, 2003

NBA Today



The Associated Press

STARS

Friday

- Paul Pierce, Celtics, had 45 points and 10 rebounds to lead Boston to a 77-58 win over Denver.

- Joe Johnson, Suns, scored a career-high 27 points and had 10 rebounds to spark Phoenix to a 110-107 victory in Orlando.

- Tim Duncan, Spurs, had 29 points and 17 rebounds, and made a turnaround jump shot over Karl Malone as time expired to give San Antonio a 91-90 win in Utah.

- Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks, scored 30 points for the second straight night in Dallas' 101-90 victory over New York.

SAYING GOODBYE

When Michael Jordan was introduced Friday night, Chicago fans gave him a thunderous ovation lasting nearly 31/2 minutes. The game, which was likely Jordan's last in Chicago, was won by the Bulls 104-97. It was Jordan's first loss to his old team in the five times he's faced the Bulls with Washington. He finished with 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting from the floor in 39 minutes.

ONE MAN BAND

Paul Pierce had 45 points and almost outscored the entire Denver team in the first half as the Celtics beat the Nuggets 77-58 Friday night. Less than two minutes before halftime, Pierce had 28 points to the Nuggets' 27. Denver had 29 points at the break, one more than Pierce. The Nuggets, the lowest-scoring team in the league, wound up tied for the 11th-lowest point total in NBA history since the 24-second shot clock was implemented in 1954-55.

TECHNICALITIES

Eight technical fouls were called against the SuperSonics and Pacers on Friday night in Indiana's 93-80 win. Seattle had five, including two each in the fourth quarter against Gary Payton and coach Nate McMillan, who were ejected in the closing minutes.

STRETCHING A DOUBLE

Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves in an 88-85 win over the Clippers on Friday. It was his league-leading 34th double-double. He also finished one assist short of a triple-double.

STREAKING

Tim Duncan made a turnaround jump shot as time expired, giving the Spurs their 11th straight win over the Jazz, 91-90 on Friday night. ... With a 93-80 victory over Seattle, Indiana extended its home winning streak to 13 games. ... The Pistons beat the Rockets 98-74, marking the 15th straight time Detroit has held an opponent under 100 points.

SPEAKING

"It's truly been a pleasure. You guys have given me great pleasure to play in the city of Chicago. I love you all. You're still supporting the Chicago Bulls. Thank you for supporting them over the years. Thank you all. I love you very much." - Michael Jordan addressing fans before what probably was his last game in Chicago.




SUPER BOWL XXXVII
Raiders, Bucs play to their strengths
Offensive Oakland better than defensive Tampa
Super Bowl doors are now wide open
Super teams: Ten Years of Superiority
Daugherty: Two wacko teams go for broke
Romanowski obsessed with health, fitness
Mystique may give Raiders an edge
Davis has no redeeming value
Bucs' defense will prevail against Raiders
Bucs' defense facing Super test
Levels of intensity different for two coaches
Hard-hitting Alstott gives Bucs versatility
Williams' Super performance redeemed black QBs

NFL HALL OF FAME
Allen heads Hall of Fame Class of 2003
Hall voters snub Carson, Young

REDS
Reds Q&A

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
UC 83, Charlotte 79
Bearcats want their Top 25 ranking back
UC-Clermont making slow but steady progress
Xavier 75, Fordham 61
No. 8 Kentucky 63, No. 15 Alabama 46
Miami 58, Ball State 56
Cold-shooting Miami women outlast chilly Buffalo
No. 1 Arizona 91, No. 6 Kansas 74
Ohio State 83, Iowa 72
Purdue 69, No. 14 Indiana 47
Top 25: Close call for Cards
How Top 25 fared, scores

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Ruffin's record FG wins Gridiron Classic
MU's Wauford offers regrets, resigns

AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS
Agassi wins fourth Australian Open
It's same old story for Serena
Australian Open notebook

GOLF
Frazar stays atop Phoenix after third round

HOCKEY
Kovalev, Robitaille lead Pens
Panthers optimistic despite mounting losses
Amerks blank Ducks again

NBA
Van Horn, Iverson lead 76ers to win
NBA Today

GAMBLING
Sports bets just a click away on Internet

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Lumpkins rides 5 winners
These old soldiers won't fade away
At least they had the course to themselves
Enquirer Page Two power rankings

PREP SPORTS
Groeschen: Rockets' basketball season sputtering
Schmidt: Diving takes its toll on oft-injured Long
NewCath 56, Holy Cross 41
Ohio boys games
Ohio girls games
Ky. boys games
Ky. girls games
Cougars awarded top seed
Swimming results
Wrestling results