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New Jersey extends win streak to 10

©Associated Press

January 7, 2003


ATLANTA -- Jason Kidd kept throwing the ball away, but the New Jersey Nets still found a way to win their 10th in a row.

It didn't hurt to be playing the Hawks.

Kidd scored 21 to help compensate for a team-record 12 turnovers, and Lucious Harris also scored 21 to lead the Nets to a 101-94 victory Monday night.

"I thought I only had one," Kidd said. "Brett Favre and Michael Vick, they have days when they can't complete a pass, but they still find a way to win the ballgame."

Kidd tied the team record for turnovers, set by Kevin Porter in 1977. Kidd fell two short of the league mark he shares with John Drew. Kidd had 14 turnovers for the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 17, 2000.

New Jersey, which had 23 turnovers, took control with an early 12-0 run and pushed the lead to 19 midway through the third quarter.

Jason Terry led the Hawks with 27 points.

WIZARDS 100, CELTICS 95: Michael Jordan converted a three-point play with 32.8 seconds left, his only points of the fourth quarter, and Jerry Stackhouse scored 37 to lead visiting Washington. The Wizards won their fourth in a row and improved to .500 (17-17) for the first time since Nov. 22. Jordan, who also had 11 rebounds, was coming off a season-high 41 in a victory over Indiana that helped him earn player of the week honors for the first time since coming out of retirement last season. Paul Pierce scored 30 for the Celtics.

BUCKS 106, CAVALIERS 94: Ray Allen scored 27, 13 during a decisive third-quarter run, to spark visiting Milwaukee. Allen hit three 3-pointers and scored 16 in the third quarter, including 13 in a 3:50 span when the Bucks turned a 65-62 lead into an 81-71 advantage. Ricky Davis scored 22 to lead Cleveland, which made a season-high 11 3-pointers.

PISTONS 82, RAPTORS 74: Cliff Robinson had season highs with 25 points and 11 rebounds as host Detroit handed Toronto its 11th straight loss. Despite the team's struggles, Toronto GM Glen Grunwald said before the game he was not contemplating making a coaching change, and coach Lenny Wilkens said he was not worried about his job security.

PACERS 105, 76ERS 104 (OT): Jermaine O'Neal's one-handed turnaround jumper with 1.6 seconds left in overtime lifted visiting Indiana. Keith Van Horn had a good look at a 3-pointer from the top of the circle but he missed at the buzzer as the Sixers lost their third straight. Al Harrington scored 28 and Reggie Miller 19 for the Central Division-leading Pacers. Derrick Coleman's 3-pointer in the final minute of the fourth quarter sent the game into overtime.

GRIZZLIES 106, HORNETS 102: Jason Williams had 28 points and 14 assists as host Memphis turned back a second-half comeback. The Hornets got within 97-96 when Courtney Alexander hit a 12-foot turnaround with 2:51 left. But they never could overtake the Grizzlies as Williams hit two shots to extend the lead and sealed the win with two free throws with just under 24 seconds to play.

MAVS 86, NUGGETS 71: Michael Finley had 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki recovered from a two-point first half to finish with 18 as Dallas overcame a sluggish start. to improve to 17-2 at home.

BULLS 113, JAZZ 98: Jalen Rose scored 31 and Marcus Fizer had a season-high 28 off the bench as host Chicago snapped a 10-game losing streak to Utah.

WARRIORS 99, HEAT 85: Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas each scored 22 and Jamison had 12 rebounds for host Golden State.

TIMBERWOLVES: Shooting guard Wally Szczerbiak, who has missed all but four games with a sprained toe, was activated from the injured list after participating in his first full practice in three months.

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