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Hornets win at buzzer

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published February 23, 2003

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jamal Mashburn could not score 50 for the second straight game, but his effort Saturday night was enough for the Hornets.

Mashburn scored 29 and hit a turnaround jumper with .2 seconds left to lift New Orleans 93-91 over the Pistons.

"I've just broken basketball down to its simplest form," Mashburn said. "You create off the dribble, take open shots and just make plays. When you try to make things complicated, they usually don't work."

Mashburn took an inbounds pass, dribbled on the right wing to run down the clock, then hit a jumper over Chauncey Billups to give the Hornets their third straight win. Mashburn scored a franchise-record 50 and hit the winning shot in a 125-123 overtime victory over Memphis on Friday night.

Richard Hamilton led the Pistons with 23 points, and Billups added 22. Detroit has lost two straight since taking over first in the East.

The score was tied at 86 until Corliss Williamson put Detroit ahead with 1:12 left. David Wesley answered with a 3, and Mashburn's baseline jumper put the Hornets up 91-88 with 33 seconds left.

Billups tied it with a 3, and the Hornets called timeout to set up Mashburn's final shot.

"Jamal has just been sensational," New Orleans coach Paul Silas said. "I knew he was not giving that last shot up to anybody. He was going to take it. He'd been hitting big shots all night, and to come down and hit that one makes me proud of him."

HEAT 100, BULLS 90: Eddie Jones returned from a four-game absence to score 23 and help Miami snap a three-game losing streak. Jalen Rose scored 31 and reserve Eddy Curry added a career-high 26 for the Bulls, who fell to 3-29 on the road.

After Miami built a 17-point lead early in the fourth, Chicago used a 15-4 run to pull within 89-83 with three minutes left. Malik Allen hit a free-throw line jumper and two free throws to give the Heat a 10-point lead with 2:29 left. Chicago got no closer.

Miami played without Caron Butler, who was hospitalized with flulike symptoms.

SPURS 105, PACERS 96: Tim Duncan scored 21 and Tony Parker added 14 during a decisive third-quarter run to lead host San Antonio to its 10th win in 11 games. The Spurs, up by 11 at the half, had a 24-4 run to start the third. Parker, who finished with 18 points, made all five of his shots in the quarter.

Indiana missed 11 straight over a seven-minute span during the third. The Pacers, who have lost four straight, cut San Antonio's lead in the final minutes, as Erick Strickland made four 3s in the fourth.

JAZZ 99, NUGGETS 89: Karl Malone scored 20 and tied a career high with 10 assists for host Utah, which held Denver to 13 points in the third quarter. Juwan Howard scored 20 to lead the Nuggets. Denver rallied to within 95-89 with 47 seconds left, but Matt Harpring and John Stockton, who scored all 11 of his points in the second half, made free throws to seal it.

ROCKETS 93, GRIZZLIES 82: Cuttino Mobley scored 29 for Houston, playing without Steve Francis (strained back). Mobley had 20 points in the first half as the Rockets snapped a three-game home losing streak. The Rockets held a 84-59 lead early in the fourth but the Grizzlies outscored Houston 23-10 in the fourth to make the game close. Lorenzen Wright led Memphis with 24 points.

TIMBERWOLVES: Guard Mike Wilks was signed for the rest of the season. He averaged 2.5 points in six games.

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