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Loss ties Wilkens for career futility record

By Associated Press
Published April 2, 2003

TORONTO - Lenny Wilkens tied the league record for most career coaching losses, going down to defeat for the 1,106th time Tuesday night as Richard Hamilton scored 20 and Ben Wallace had 20 rebounds to lead the Pistons past the Raptors 92-85.

Wilkens, already the coach with the most wins (1,291) in league history, tied Bill Fitch's record. Wilkens is in his 30th year as a coach, whereas Fitch coached for 25 seasons.

"If you coach long enough that's what happens. It's not really a big thing," said a somber Wilkens, who clearly didn't want to talk about it. "I've been around a long time and have been successful, and with success that kind of thing comes."

Chauncey Billups scored 15, including six free throws in the final minute to help Detroit win its fifth straight over Toronto. Former Raptor Corliss Williamson added 19 points off the bench.

Wilkens, who has one year left on his contract but whose coaching future is nonetheless in jeopardy, will break the record if the Raptors fail to defeat the Pistons in a rematch tonight.

KINGS 103, PACERS 98: Peja Stojakovic scored 26 and Chris Webber added 22 points and 14 rebounds for visiting Sacramento.

The Kings trailed by 13 early, staged a comeback in the third and then exchanged the lead with Indiana eight times in the fourth. Webber gave Sacramento the lead for good with six straight points, including a tip-in that made it 88-86 with 2:44 left. O'Neal led the Pacers with 24 points and Artest had 23.

SONICS 101, BULLS 94 (OT): Rashard Lewis scored 26 and Ray Allen added 26 and 13 rebounds for visiting Seattle. Winning for the seventh time in nine games, the Sonics remained within 21/2 ahead of the Suns for the final playoff spot in the West.

Chicago's Elden Campbell had a tip-in to tie it at 87 to sent it to OT.

MAVS 95, HORNETS 86: Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points and 11 rebounds and Steve Nash added 17 points as host Dallas (56-18) moved within a game of matching the most wins in franchise history.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban pulled an April Fools gag during a timeout in the second quarter, getting into a shoving match with a phony game official.

SUNS 95, NUGGETS 65: Shawn Marion scored 24 of his 33 in the second half and host Phoenix tied a team record for fewest points by an opponent. The Suns moved a game ahead of the idle Rockets in the race for the eighth and final playoff berth in the West. Phoenix limited the Nuggets to a .263 shooting percentage, the worst in Denver history.

BLAZERS 100, WARRIORS 86: Derek Anderson had 21 points and seven assists for host Portland, which is trying to hold off the Timberwolves for fourth in the West and homecourt advantage in the playoffs.

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