Saturday, February 1, 2003

NBA: Cavs' rallies come up shy, bring defeat

The Associated Press

ATLANTA - Glenn Robinson scored 20 points and the Atlanta Hawks held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-91 Friday night for their fourth win in five games.

Cleveland, which never led after the first quarter, pulled within one point a couple of times in the final two minutes. The Cavaliers couldn't regain the lead, however, in a sloppy game befitting two of the Eastern Conference's worst teams.

With the score 94-91, Cleveland never got a chance to tie it up with a 3-pointer. The Hawks tightened up around the arc, and Theo Ratliff knocked the ball away when Smush Parker attempted to pass inside to Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Robinson was fouled and made both free throws with 7.9 seconds left to finish off the Cavaliers.

Ilgauskas led Cleveland with 21 points, while Jones gave the Cavs a boost from the outside by hitting three 3-pointers and finishing with 15 points.

Nets 89, Hornets 72

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Kenyon Martin had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and two seldom-used New Jersey players made up for the absence of Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson.

Anthony Johnson replaced Kidd (strained groin) and Brian Scalabrine filled in for Jefferson (stomach virus), and both were effective. Johnson scored 10 points; Scalabrine had five points and seven rebounds.

Jamal Mashburn had 17 points for undermanned New Orleans, which shot 33 percent from the field.

Pistons 118, Celtics 66

BOSTON - Detroit dealt Boston the worst loss in franchise history as the Celtics fell behind by 60 before scoring the final eight points.

Richard Hamilton scored 29 points for the Pistons, who led 71-51 with 4:05 left in the third quarter before going on a 35-2 run that gave them twice as many points as Boston - 106-53 midway through the fourth quarter.

Raptors 102, Pacers 90

TORONTO - A fight that ended with Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens holding back Indiana counterpart Isiah Thomas highlighted the Raptors' victory.

Toronto's Morris Peterson, Indiana's Al Harrington and Thomas were ejected after a fight with 8:02 left in the fourth quarter. Harrington approached Peterson after Peterson tripped up Harrington while running on a fast break.

Peterson appeared to throw a punch and a shoving match ensued. A livid Thomas ran onto the court and tried to get at Peterson, but Wilkens held Thomas back.

Sixers 104, Heat 99

PHILADELPHIA - Keith Van Horn scored a season-high 33 points and Eric Snow added a season-high 21 as Philadelphia beat Miami.

Heat forward Caron Butler hit two free throws to tie the game at 83. Van Horn and Snow then had four points apiece as the Sixers scored the next eight points and took control.


BULLS: Chicago activated rookie guard Jay Williams (ankle sprain) from the injured list, then placed rookie forward Lonny Baxter on the IL with knee tendinitis.

CLIPPERS: Los Angeles center Michael Olowokandi went on the injured list with a sprained knee and will undergo tests Monday to determine the extent of his injury.

Olowokandi has played in 36 games this season, averaging 12.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots. He is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Olowokandi missed most of training camp because of tendinitis in his knee and was on the injured list from Dec. 1-13.

NETS: All-Star point guard Jason Kidd missed New Jersey's game against the New Orleans Hornets because of a groin injury, and he will also sit out Saturday's game at Detroit.

Kidd vowed to be back in the lineup Monday night against Seattle, but Nets coach Byron Scott said he was considering having Kidd rest all the way until the All-Star Game on Feb. 9 in Atlanta.

"I'm half and half with it," Scott said. "I think the course we are taking right now is we are shutting it down the next two games and we'll see where he is when he comes to practice on Monday morning."

SIXERS: Coach Larry Brown has no immediate plans to leave Philadelphia.

"I'm here for the long haul," Brown said before the 76ers played the Miami Heat. "I'm not going anywhere."

The comments came two days after Brown questioned whether he was the right man for the job following Philadelphia's 97-83 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday night.

"Maybe we can get somebody in here in my position that can do a better job," Brown said at the time.

On Friday, he suggested that statement was blown out of proportion.

"You guys listen to 100 things I say and write about one," Brown said Friday. "I love this team. The Sixers have been very important to me and I love this city."

WIZARDS: Washington guard Jerry Stackhouse will miss the next two games because of a groin injury.

Stackhouse re-injured his left groin in a 97-90 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. He scored five points in 22 minutes before sitting in the third quarter.

"We have shut him down for the last two games, so he will not play until after the All-Star break," Wizards coach Doug Collins said.

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