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Bulls snap losing skid, nip Nuggets

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2003

CHICAGO -- Jalen Rose scored 27 and Tyson Chandler had a career-high 22 rebounds and 19 points as the Bulls beat the Denver Nuggets 88-69 on Saturday night.

Chicago snapped an eight-game losing streak, and Denver dropped to 3-23 on the road with its 11th loss in 13 games. Chicago has the league's worst road record at 2-27.

Rose scored 20 second-half points, and Chandler had 11 and 14 rebounds in the second half. Lonny Baxter added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls.

Juwan Howard had 18 points for Denver, which shot 29 percent in the third quarter and was outscored 23-2 during an 8:30 span. Denver finished at 38 percent and went 2-for-8 from 3-point range.

MAVS 98, HEAT 92: Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and 12 rebounds and matched his career high with eight assists for host Dallas. Steve Nash added 19 points, and Michael Finley and Nick Van Exel scored 17 each for the Mavericks, playing their fourth game in five nights.

Travis Best's 21 points and Caron Butler's 14 paced Miami, which has lost seven of its past 10.

Dallas, which trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, took its first lead since early in the second quarter on Van Exel's leaning 10-footer with 9:26 remaining for a 74-73 edge. Nowitzki's three-point play with 6:02 left and Nash's 3-pointer with 4:30 to play put the Mavericks in front 85-80.

Miami was unable to get closer than three the rest of the way, with Finley's two free throws with 21.1 seconds left extending Dallas' lead to 92-87.

CARTER'S GOOD WILL NOT COAXED: Supposedly, there was a vote among Eastern Conference All-Stars as to whom should allow Michael Jordan to start in his place. Supposedly, Vince Carter won -- or lost -- that vote. Supposedly, Nike was pressing Toronto's Carter to give up his starting spot.

Apparently, none of that was true. Carter, who allowed Jordan to start the All-Star Game Feb. 9, said the decision was his. Carter said he made the decision the afternoon of the game and did not make it known until before the game.

"That afternoon, before I left for the game, I said, 'Hey, Jordan should be out there.' I just wanted to make sure I got the chance to thank the fans. I wanted to get the point across that I realize the fans come first and they make the decision."

HORNETS: Guard Bryce Drew was placed on the injured list with a strained right calf. Forward Kirk Haston was activated. He has missed 28 games since Dec. 16 because of back spasms.

KINGS: Lawrence Funderburke was activated from the injured list after missing 10 games with foot injuries. Point guard Mateen Cleaves was placed on the injured list with tendinitis.

LAKERS: Shaquille O'Neal said he will take Indocin, an anti-inflammatory drug, to relieve tendinitis in his knee and soreness in his surgically-repaired toe.

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