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Walker-less Celtics can't hold off Bucks

©Associated Press
January 23, 2003

BOSTON -- Ray Allen and Sam Cassell dominated for Milwaukee while Antoine Walker watched helplessly from the Boston bench.

Allen scored 34 and Cassell had his second career triple double as the Bucks capitalized on the absence of Walker to defeat the Celtics 106-97 Wednesday night.

Walker was sidelined with a sprained right knee, the 11th game he has missed in 61/2 seasons. Milwaukee lost forward Tim Thomas to a sprained right shoulder with 4 minutes, 33 seconds left in the second quarter.

"Ray had a great roll going," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "It's great to have a guy like that to go to on the road."

Cassell had 14 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds, but it was Allen, especially in the second half, who made the difference. Allen scored 14 with three 3-pointers in the third when Milwaukee stretched a 56-54 lead to 84-76.

Jordan passes Wilt, is 3rd all-time leading scorer

NEW ORLEANS -- Jamal Mashburn scored 24, and Jamaal Magloire added 16 points and 14 rebounds in the Hornets' 103-94 victory over the Wizards, spoiling a milestone for Michael Jordan.

Jordan scored 18 and surpassed Wilt Chamberlain as the league's third all-time scorer. He passed Chamberlain's 31,419 points with a minute left in the first half, drilling a fallaway jump shot.

But Jordan scored only four the rest of the way, and Washington fell behind by 22 before rallying in the fourth. Jordan was 1-for-7 in the second half. Jerry Stackhouse, who returned after missing four games with a groin pull, led Washington with 26.

Jordan's career scoring is 31,420 points, and he trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (35,487).

KNICKS 97, NUGGETS 88: Allan Houston scored 24 of his 37 in the first half for host New York. Latrell Sprewell added 17 and the Knicks made 10 of 19 3-pointers to win their third straight despite foul trouble that gave Denver an advantage inside. Juwan Howard scored 28 and Donnell Harvey 19 for the Nuggets, who outrebounded the Knicks 35-32 and led by as many as nine in the third before falling to New York's outside shooting.

HEAT 92, SUNS 85: Brian Grant had 16 points and 10 rebounds as host Miami overcame the absence of Eddie Jones and held off road-weary Phoenix. Grant, playing with a sprained right thumb, led a balanced attack to help offset the loss of the Heat's leading scorer, Jones, who missed the game because of the flu. Caron Butler added 13 and Malik Allen 12 to help the Heat win for the fifth time in its past six home games.

GRIZZLIES 98, SPURS 93: Pau Gasol had 28 points and 17 rebounds as visiting Memphis snapped a 21-game losing streak to San Antonio. Memphis had not won since Feb. 12, 1997, when the franchise was based in Vancouver. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 30 points and 21 rebounds. The game was close all the way, with 14 lead changes and 20 ties. Memphis took the lead for good when Jason Williams hit a pair of free throws with 8:20 left to make it 74-73.

CLIPPERS 96, JAZZ 89: Elton Brand had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Los Angeles won in Utah for the first time in almost 14 years. The Clippers had been 0-26 in Utah since April 18, 1989. Overall, the Clippers had lost 15 straight to the Jazz. Andre Miller scored 16 and Corey Maggette had 13 points, including two free throws with 16.2 seconds left that sealed it. Karl Malone led the Jazz with 23 points.

TIMBERWOLVES 96, SONICS 91: Kevin Garnett scored 20 and Minnesota finally put together a three-game winning streak, overcoming a strong performance by Seattle's Gary Payton at home. The Timberwolves won three straight for the first time in 10 tries this season.

Garnett's last basket came with 25.4 seconds left on a turnaround jumper to give Minnesota a 92-89 lead. Troy Hudson, who came off the bench for the second time since returning from an ankle injury, hit four free throws to ice it.

76ERS 92, PISTONS 83: Allen Iverson scored 11 of his 21 in the fourth quarter for visiting Philadelphia. The Sixers were missing Derrick Coleman (sprained finger), but Todd MacCulloch returned after missing four games with a foot injury. The Sixers led 82-78 when Detroit's Cliff Robinson was called for an offensive foul with 1:24 left. Robinson then fouled Iverson, who made both free throws to put the Sixers up by six. Iverson hit a jumper to seal it.

PACERS 101, RAPTORS 98: Jermaine O'Neal had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks and made the winning three-point play with 3.2 seconds remaining for host Indiana. Indiana improved its home record to a league-best 19-1, and O'Neal set career and Pacer records for blocks.

WARRIORS 114, LAKERS 110: Antawn Jamison scored 30 to lead visiting Golden State. Shaquille O'Neal led Los Angeles with 28 points and nine rebounds.

ALL-STAR COACH: Sacramento coach Rick Adelman will coach the West in next month's All-Star game in Atlanta. Adelman assured himself of the honor when the Kings beat the Nets 109-102 Tuesday. Coaches are determined by the team with the best conference record on Sunday. New Jersey's Byron Scott and Dallas' Don Nelson are not eligible; they coached last year.

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