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Wizards stem Suns' surge

©Associated Press
January 28, 2003

WASHINGTON -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 33 and blocked Scott Williams' dunk attempt in the final minute as the Wizards, after blowing a 15-point second-half lead, held on to beat the Suns 98-93 Monday night.

Stackhouse's runner in the paint broke a 91-all tie with 40 seconds left. He went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final minute as the Wizards broke a three-game losing streak. The Suns had a chance to tie, but Casey Jacobsen missed a 3-pointer with less than 20 seconds left.

"We're at a point right now," Stackhouse said, "where I feel everybody should be looking in the mirror and saying, "There's more that I've got to be doing.' I feel the same way. I want to come out and make a statement."

CAVS 104, CLIPPERS 100: Ricky Davis scored 32 and hit the go-ahead jumper with nine seconds left to give Keith Smart his first victory as Cleveland coach. Davis scored 17 in the fourth quarter as the host Cavaliers snapped a six-game losing streak.

PACERS 102, HEAT 95: Reggie Miller sank a 3-pointer with 1:10 left to put visiting Indiana ahead to stay, then added a layup with 41 seconds left. Ron Artest had two confrontations with Heat coach Pat Riley, and he made an obscene gesture from center court as the Pacers rallied in the fourth. WOLVES 106, SPURS 95: Kevin Garnett tied his season high with 34 points to lead host Minnesota to its sixth straight win. Wally Szczerbiak scored 17 in his first start since Nov. 16 for Minnesota.

ROCKETS 100, GRIZZLIES 95: Steve Francis scored 22 and Yao Ming had 13 points and 10 rebounds for visiting Houston. Yao made two free throws with less than 20 seconds left. Francis made two more with three seconds remaining to end the Rockets' four-game skid.

BUCKS 108, HORNETS 93: Sam Cassell had 25 points and 10 assists to lead visiting Milwaukee. The Bucks shot almost 53 percent from the field and hit 13 of 26 3-pointers. Jamal Mashburn led New Orleans with 24 points.

NETS 92, NUGGETS 66: Richard Jefferson scored 23 to lead visiting New Jersey, which used a 20-4 run in the second quarter to take control. Vincent Yarbrough had 13 points for Denver, which had a season-high 32 turnovers.

WNBA: The Mohegan Sun casino will acquire the former Orlando Miracle, the Associated Press reported. The team would play in the casino's 10,000-seat arena in Hartford, Conn. The league said it will allow a casino to own a team if there is no sports betting. There is no sports book at the Mohegan Sun.

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