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Nets edge Sonics in OT

©Associated Press
February 4, 2003

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kenyon Martin scored a career-high 35 and Jason Kidd made a 3-pointer with 1:31 left in overtime to lead New Jersey to a 109-108 victory against Seattle on Monday.

Desmond Mason scored a season-high 30 but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Seattle, which rallied from a 17-point deficit.

Martin added 12 rebounds and a block of Rashard Lewis' shot at the end of regulation. Kidd gave the Nets a 109-106 lead with his 3-pointer with 1:31 left.

Down one, Lewis appeared to have a layup off of an inbounds play, but Lucious Harris provided weakside help and batted the ball out of bounds with 4.7 seconds left.

On the ensuing inbounds play, Richard Jefferson gave a foul just before Gary Payton hit what would have been a go-ahead baseline jumper with 3.4 seconds left.

Seattle set up a third time, and Mason got an open look. But his shot bounced off the rim.

Mason scored 10 of the Sonics' final 12 in regulation, including a 3-pointer with 55 seconds left that tied it at 100. Neither team scored the rest of the fourth quarter.

MAVERICKS 92, JAZZ 90: Nick Van Exel made a 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds left as visiting Dallas lost a 16-point lead before rallying.

After the game, Dallas assistant Del Harris charged onto the court and yelled at the officials about the physical contest, which had two flagrant fouls, technicals and lots of contact inside that wasn't called.

Harris' outburst prompted Kevin O'Connor, Utah's vice president, to yell from the stands: "Are you going to let an assistant come out and do that?"

SUNS 115, BULLS 111 (OT): Stephon Marbury and Shawn Marion scored 36 for host Phoenix. Marbury scored six in overtime, including consecutive drives that put Phoenix up 111-108 with 1:30 left. His two free throws with 1.8 seconds left sealed it.

Marion's 3-pointer with 19.4 seconds left gave the Suns a 105-104 lead. Jalen Rose then made one of his two free throws to tie it.

HORNETS 103, CELTICS 96: Jamal Mashburn scored 30, including two tough jumpers down the stretch, as host New Orleans extended Boston's losing streak to four. In the last two minutes, Mashburn hit a long fade and a turnaround jumper for a 97-88 lead.

HEAT 99, HAWKS 79: Eddie Jones scored 26, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers, as host Miami ended Atlanta's three-game win streak. The Heat went on a 17-0 run in the first half, a 10-0 spurt in the third and 11-0 spurt in the fourth.

WARRIORS 101, GRIZZLIES 91: Troy Murphy had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Gilbert Arenas added 21 points and nine assists as host Golden State snapped a three-game losing streak. The Warriors improved to 21-26, matching their win total from last season with one game before the All-Star break.

Suspension upsets coach

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana coach Isiah Thomas said he doesn't agree with the decision to suspended him for two games.

Friday, Toronto's Morris Peterson tripped Al Harrington -- on purpose, Thomas said -- and when no flagrant foul was called, the Pacers coach got into a shouting match with Peterson. Thomas admits he cursed, but that was all.

"I've been in this league 20 years," Thomas said. "And I don't remember a time where a coach or players have been suspended for multiple games for arguing."

BUCKS: Forward Jason Caffey sued his former agent. The lawsuit claims Githaiga Ramsey diverted $916,316.58 from Caffey's bank accounts from 1999-2001.

CLIPPERS: Center Michael Olowokandi is out 3-4 weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

GRIZZLIES: Guard Wesley Person did not play Monday because of a bruised left kneecap. His knee hit Chris Owens' knee brace during practice Saturday.

RAPTORS: Center Jelani McCoy is scheduled to have nose surgery to reset his septum and nasal bone today and is expected to return after the All-Star break. He was elbowed by Indiana's Jeff Foster on Friday.

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