Monday, April 14, 2003

Wallace hits trey to down Lakers

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. - Rasheed Wallace hit a 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left as the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Los Angeles Lakers 101-99 Sunday to break a tie for fifth place in the Western Conference.

Struggling Portland needed the win after a loss to Memphis on Friday dropped them a half-game back of Minnesota for fourth place, and tied with the surging Lakers for the fifth spot.

The Timberwolves defeated Chicago 119-95 on Sunday to retain the fourth seed, which would ensure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Portland has two games left, while Minnesota has one remaining.

The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Lakers, led by Shaquille O'Neal's 36 points and 11 rebounds. Kobe Bryant also had 36 points for L.A., which was coming off wins against Sacramento and Dallas.

Bucks 107, Pacers 98

MILWAUKEE - The playoff-bound Milwaukee Bucks matched Indiana push for push, shove for shove, taunt for taunt and almost technical for technical. Sam Cassell's 33 points led the Bucks past the Pacers in a game marred by 11 technical fouls, six of them on Indiana.

"I am very happy with the game other than it had a real ugliness to it," Bucks coach George Karl said.

"We played a game that was kind of physical and aggressive. Indiana has a lot of great athletes and lots of physical ability and we matched well with them tonight."

Suns 92, Spurs 85

PHOENIX - Shawn Marion scored 24 points and Stephon Marbury had 23 points and 10 assists as Phoenix snapped San Antonio's 11-game winning streak and clinched the West's final playoff berth. Joe Johnson scored 20, 11 in the third quarter, as the Suns became the only team to beat the Spurs three times this season.

Timberwolves 119, Bulls 95

MINNEAPOLIS - Wally Szczerbiak tied a franchise record with 44 points and Kevin Garnett had 14 points and 19 rebounds as Minnesota defeated Chicago.

Szczerbiak, a Miami University graduate, went 19-for-26 from the field and hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter to match Tony Campbell's team mark, set Feb. 2, 1990 against the Boston Celtics.

Celtics 94, Heat 86

MIAMI - Paul Pierce scored 32 points and Boston took sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics' victory moved them a half-game ahead of idle Orlando. The Magic have two regular-season games remaining, while the Celtics close the regular season at home against Detroit on Wednesday.

Hornets 94, 76ers 89

PHILADELPHIA - Jamal Mashburn scored 27 points, including a key jumper with 32.1 seconds remaining.

Baron Davis scored 16 points in his first game back after missing three with a sore left knee, and Jamaal Magloire had 14 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans.

Allen Iverson scored 30 points, including 22 in the first half for the Sixers - who missed an opportunity to clinch home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Pistons 110, Grizzlies 107, 2OT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Chauncey Billups scored 28 points, including the last eight in the second overtime.

Corliss Williamson made a key steal with 30 seconds left, setting up two free throws by Billups with :17 left for the final margin.

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