Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Malone scores 29 points as Utah handles Miami

The Associated Press

MIAMI - Karl Malone scored 29 points to lead the Utah Jazz past the Miami Heat 83-73 Monday.

Matt Harpring added 17 points and John Stockton 14 as Utah ended a two-game skid and bounced back from a 24-point loss at Dallas.

The Heat could not get closer than seven on Malik Allen's hook shot with 1:43 remaining, making it 80-73. Harpring made two free throws with a minute left and Malone converted one of two free throws with 45 seconds remaining, securing the win.

Coach Pat Riley, who has had previous run-ins with officials this season, was ejected by referee Mark Wunderlich, receiving his second technical foul of the game with 6:34 remaining in the third quarter. Riley was disputing a foul call on Xavier grad Brian Grant, who also was assessed a technical for arguing the call. Earlier this season, Riley was fined for comments critical of referees.

Timberwolves 92, Mavs 83

DALLAS - Kevin Garnett had 31 points and 18 rebounds, and Wally Szczerbiak scored eight straight points during a tight stretch in the fourth quarter, leading Minnesota past Dallas.

Dallas, the league's highest-scoring team at 102.6 points per game, had a season-low 55 points after three quarters, then finally got hot in the fourth. Consecutive 3-pointers by Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley finished an 18-point comeback and tied the game at 71 with 5:19 left.

Szczerbiak, who won the previous meeting last month with a buzzer-beating shot, scored 14 of his 27 points in the final 5:28.

Hawks 95, Clippers 86

ATLANTA - Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, helping Atlanta hold off struggling Los Angeles.

Dion Glover added 14 points as the Hawks put all their starters in double figures for the first time in 22 games. Abdur-Rahim grabbed 15 rebounds, and Theo Ratliff had three blocks.

Atlanta has won three of its last four. The Clippers are going the other way, losing nine of 10.

CAVALIERS: Cleveland rookie Dajuan Wagner did not practice and his sprained right knee was examined by a team physician.

The Cavaliers did not have the results of the exam Monday.

HORNETS: Point guard Baron Davis came off the injured list after missing 20 games with torn cartilage in his left knee.

He's expected to play against Indiana today.

Davis was injured Jan. 26, and his six-week rehabilitation also gave him a chance to rest and treat a herniated disk that was a problem earlier in the season.

RAPTORS: Lamond Murray will not return this season after tearing a ligament in his right foot that required surgery in October.

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Frank Robinson passes on hard-nosed passion for baseball
Monday's other games
Yanks, Wells agree to a $100,000 fine

$10 million gift will help build UC's Varsity Village
C-USA honors UC's Stokes
Huggins reinstates Flowers
A-10 wants shot of postseason enthusiasm
A-10 tourney: George Washington 85, Massachusetts 74
MAC tourney: Hunter drops in buzzer-beater as Bobcats advance
No. 19 Creighton 80, S. Illinois 56
Sun Belt tourney: Western Kentucky shooting for third straight title
NKU doubles pleasure in Div. II
Bubble teams lobby anyone who will listen
Georgia withdraws from SEC, NCAA play
Scandals, firings overshadow March Madness
Top 25: Kentucky closes gap on No. 1 Arizona

Neltner big for Bluebirds in win
Simon Kenton slips past Dixie
Thomas, Finnell are second-team all-state girls
Beechwood happy to have Yeagle back

Holtz says he returned to coaching to help others
Marshall football players plead innocent to charges

Hoch sees the light, wins at Doral

Jordan loses patience with younger Wizards
Malone scores 29 points as Utah handles Miami

Vanbiesbrouck quits after using racial slur
Flyers get Amonte from Coyotes before trade deadline

Capriati outlasts Dementieva at Indian Wells

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