Tuesday, January 28, 2003

NBA: Cavs get Smart, club Clippers



The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Ricky Davis scored 32 points and hit the go-ahead jumper with nine seconds left, giving Keith Smart his first victory as Cleveland Cavaliers coach, 104-100 over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

Davis scored 17 fourth-quarter points as the Cavaliers snapped a six-game losing streak and ruined Andre Miller's return to Cleveland. Miller struggled in his first game at Gund Arena since being traded to the Clippers on July 30, shooting 2-for-11 and scoring eight points.

Bucks 108, Hornets 93

NEW ORLEANS - Sam Cassell had 25 points and 10 assists, and former Ohio State standout Michael Redd scored 22 points - including six 3-pointers - to push Milwaukee, which shot nearly 53 percent from the field.

Ex-Kentucky star Jamal Mashburn scored 24 for New Orleans.

Pacers 102, Heat 95

MIAMI - Reggie Miller sank a 3-pointer with 1:10 left to put Indiana ahead to stay.

Pacers swingman Ron Artest had two confrontations with Miami coach Pat Riley, and Artest made an obscene gesture from center court as Indiana rallied.

Miller scored 21 to top the Pacers, who won their fourth straight. Caron Butler had 22 for the Heat.

Rockets 100, Grizzlies 95

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Steve Francis scored 22 points, and Yao Ming had 13 points and 10 rebounds as Houston beat Memphis.

Jason Williams, who had 15 points and eight assists, scored the Grizzlies' last points on a 3-pointer with less than six seconds left, but the Rockets hit their free throws.

Timberwolves 106, Spurs 95

MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Garnett tied his season high with 34 points and Wally Szczerbiak scored 17 points in his first start since Nov.16, leading Minnesota to its sixth straight win.

Tim Duncan had 17 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio.

Wizards 98, Suns 93

WASHINGTON - Jerry Stackhouse scored 33 points and blocked Scott Williams' dunk attempt in the final minute as Washington defeated Phoenix.

Stephon Marbury had 29 points and eight assists for the Suns.

Notes

CLIPPERS: Star forward Lamar Odom missed Los Angeles' game Monday against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a sore right ankle, but center Michael Olowokandi returned to the Clippers' starting lineup after missing three games with a bruised right thigh.

Odom missed 29 of the Clippers' first 43 games with the ankle injury and a sore right wrist. The 6-foot-10 forward hurt the wrist on Jan. 18, 2002, and missed 71 consecutive games. Odom hurt the ankle in training camp last October and remained sidelined until Dec. 28.

HORNETS: New Orleans signed point guard Randy Livingston to a 10-day contract, adding backcourt depth during the absence of All-Star Baron Davis (torn left knee cartilage).

Livingston, who played at Newman High School in New Orleans and then at Louisiana State, has played with five NBA teams in six years. He averaged 4.1 points and 2.1 assists with Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Golden State and Seattle.

NUGGETS: Denver activated point guard Chris Whitney (ankle) from the injured list and waived guard John Crotty to make room on the roster.

Whitney had been on the injured list since Dec. 20 with a bone bruise on his left ankle. He is the Nuggets' second-leading scorer, averaging 9.6 points. Crotty's second 10-day contract was due to end today, and the Nuggets would have had to either sign him for the rest of the season or waive him.

RAPTORS: Toronto signed former Denver Nuggets forward Zendon Hamilton to a 10-day contract and waived forward Art Long, a University of Cincinnati product.

Hamilton averaged 6.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 15.7 minutes with Denver last season. The 6-foot-11 forward played three preseason games with the Nuggets this season before being waived. Long averaged 2.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 11.4 minutes in seven games with the Raptors after signing consecutive 10-day contracts.




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