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Nets toe the line to top Magic

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 5, 2003

ORLANDO -- Kenyon Martin had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the New Jersey Nets extended the league's longest current winning streak to nine games with an 88-83 victory over the Magic Saturday.

The Nets attempted 28 more free throws than the Magic, which helped lead to the ejection of Orlando coach Doc Rivers in the third quarter. The Nets converted 24 of 36 attempts and the Magic was 6-for-8. Orlando was called for 27 fouls to 14 on New Jersey.

The Nets got 15 points and 12 assists from Jason Kidd, and Lucious Harris scored 14 and Richard Jefferson 13. They are two wins shy of the franchise record for consecutive victories (11) set during the 1982-83 season.

Tracy McGrady led Orlando with 30 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Darrell Armstrong had 14 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds off the bench.

McGrady was the first Magic starter to attempt a free throw when he went to the line with 3:09 remaining. He made both to pull Orlando to 84-81, but the Magic never got closer.

MAVERICKS 102, 76ERS 83: Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 as Dallas beat road-weary Philadelphia. Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter to make it 34-24, and the Mavericks maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game. The 76ers finished their six-game road trip with one win.

WIZARDS 107, PACERS 104 (2OT): Michael Jordan scored a season-high 41, including 20 in the fourth quarter and two overtimes for host Washington. Jordan played a season-high 53 minutes, making 14 of 26 shots from the field and 10 of 12 from the line, including a pair of free throws that gave the Wizards the lead for good. With the score tied at 93 with 52 seconds remaining in regulation, the Pacers' Jermaine O'Neal hit a fadeaway 13-footer, Larry Hughes made a layup for Washington and Reggie Miller missed a jumper at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. The first overtime produced just eight points. O'Neal missed a fadeaway at the buzzer that could have won it.

The Pacers played without forward Ron Artest, suspended for three games without pay and fined $35,000 by the league for hurling a television monitor and smashing a camera after Friday night's game at New York.

SUNS 107, LAKERS 93: Shawn Marion scored 23 points and Phoenix stretched its home winning streak to eight. Kobe Bryant had 37 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds and Shaquille O'Neal added 25 points and 9 rebounds. Rookie Amare Stoudemire, in his first game against his idol O'Neal, had 17 points and 8 rebounds.

PISTONS 90, HAWKS 86: Chauncey Billups scored 23 and Ben Wallace had 20 rebounds as Detroit got its fourth straight victory. Richard Hamilton added 18 points for the Pistons, one of only two teams in the Eastern Conference with winning road records.

WARRIORS 86, ROCKETS 84: Troy Murphy scored 23 and Earl Boykins added 12, including seven in the fourth quarter for visiting Golden State. Houston's Yao Ming had a career-high 17 rebounds but missed a 15-foot jumper before the final buzzer that would have tied it.

JAZZ 105, WOLVES 97: Karl Malone had 19 of his 33 points in the third quarter as visiting Utah won its fourth straight.

BULLS 85, CAVALIERS 79: Jalen Rose scored 19 points and Tyson Chandler hit two go-ahead baskets in the fourth quarter as host Chicago blew a 20-point lead before beating Cleveland. Rose, playing despite a stomach flu, had four free throws in the final quarter and a jumper with 42 seconds left to hold off the Cavaliers.

KINGS 87, NUGGETS 76: Mike Bibby scored 24 and Doug Christie had 12 points, 7 assists and 7 steals for visiting Sacramento. The Kings had not played in a week and were without Chris Webber (sore knee), yet forced 21 turnovers and held Denver to 36 percent shooting.

CELTICS: Reserve forward Ruben Wolkowyski will miss three to four weeks after having his appendix removed.

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