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Jeff tops Stan in Van Gundy game

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Published November 12, 2003

HOUSTON - They already had competed long and hard at Ping-Pong, Chutes and Ladders and checkers. Now, after all those years, Jeff and Stan Van Gundy finally faced off as basketball coaches.

In just the second time in NBA history that brothers coached against each other, Jeff's Rockets sent Stan's Heat to its seventh straight loss 90-70 Tuesday night.

Houston won its fourth in a row and kept Miami as the only winless team in the league.

"I almost feel guilty," Jeff said. "It's like why were you blessed with talent and he wasn't? There was a huge talent discrepancy and huge size discrepancy, which we're happy about, but we're going to have to play better to continue to win."

The game was a mere subplot for the show between the Van Gundys, who joined Herb and Larry Brown as the only brothers to coach against each other in the NBA. The family reunion started Monday night when the Heat arrived and Stan went to Jeff's home for dinner.

Jeff said he enjoyed the rare chance to visit family. "It's never a distraction when you can see your brother," he said. "We sat around saying things like "Your team is better,' and the other saying, "No, your team is better.' We wasted a lot of time doing that."

When the less-than-exciting game was over, the brothers walked off at opposite ends of the court without contact.

Cuttino Mobley led Houston with a season-high 30 points; Eddie Jones paced the Heat with 21.

SIXERS 112, WIZARDS 105: Allen Iverson scored a season-high 40, winning a fast-paced scoring duel with Gilbert Arenas and leading Philadelphia over host Washington.

Arenas scored a season-high 36 in a game featuring two of the most exciting guards in the East. Iverson had more than his share of misses - 12-for-29 from the field - but he never stopped shooting. He also made 14 of 18 free throws.

The 76ers went 24-for-26 from the line in the second half.

Arenas was 11-for-24 from the field, but made just 3 of 11 shots in the second half and fouled out with seven seconds to play. He was 9-for-14 from the line, including two key misses in the final two minutes as the 76ers finally pulled away in a game that was close for 31/2 quarters.

CLIPPERS 115, HAWKS 103: Quentin Richardson had career highs of 32 points and 16 rebounds to help give Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy his 400th career victory.

Dunleavy, in his 11th season as an NBA coach and first with the Clippers, became the 30th coach in league history to reach the 400-victory plateau. Lenny Wilkens is the leader with 1,292 victories.

The game was the first for the Clippers at Staples Center this season. They played their first two in Japan, and won their third game at Denver.

CELTICS 78, PACERS 76: Vin Baker hit a fallaway jumper in the lane with 20 seconds left to give visiting Boston the victory.

Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal missed a short jumper with time winding down and Boston's Eric Williams corralled the loose ball to seal the victory.

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and Baker had 12 points and four rebounds.

O'Neal had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana, which lost for the first time in six games to drop to 6-2.

SONICS 89, WOLVES 87: Ronald Murray hit a jumper over Latrell Sprewell at the buzzer, capping his career-high 29-point performance and lifting visiting Seattle.

Sprewell made a 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds left, tying it at 87. After a timeout, Murray held the ball at the top of the key until about five seconds remained and then drove at Minnesota's top defender.

Reserve Jerome James scored 14 and Brent Barry added 13 as the Sonics snapped a nine-game losing streak in Minnesota.

Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Sprewell scored 20 and Sam Cassell had 15 points and 13 assists.

MAVERICKS 125, HORNETS 97: Steve Nash hit all five of his 3-point shots and sparked a huge third-quarter run for host Dallas.

The Hornets cut a 19-point deficit in the second period to 66-60 early in the third. Then Nash hit a 3 that started a 23-2 burst capped by Antawn Jamison's dunk.

Antoine Walker had 21 points, Michael Finley 20 and Dirk Nowitzki 18 for the Mavericks. Nash finished with 17 points and 11 assists, and Danny Fortson had nine points and 16 rebounds in Dallas' most-lopsided win of the season.

Baron Davis had 25 points, 20 in the first half, for the Hornets.

BLAZERS 83, RAPTORS 80: Zach Randolph had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Portland overcame a 33-point game from Vince Carter to win its fourth straight at home.

Toronto has lost all three of its road games.

The Blazers used a considerable size advantage to outscore the Raptors in the paint 38-22. Portland outrebounded Toronto 45-29.

KINGS 97, PISTONS 91: Mike Bibby had 23 points and five assists as host Sacramento snapped Detroit's five-game winning streak.

The Kings, coming off a 1-3 road trip, overcame a sluggish fourth quarter to beat cold-shooting Detroit for the seventh straight time at Arco Arena and ninth out of 10 to kick off an eight-game homestand.

Richard Hamilton had 19 points to lead six players in double figures for Detroit.

ROBINSON SCARE: Former NBA star David Robinson's flight to Cincinnati for a speaking engagement made an emergency landing Tuesday at Texarkana (Ark.) Regional Airport after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.

Robinson, his manager and a flight crew of three were not injured, airport manager Steve Luebbert said.

Luebbert said airport workers found a floor panel on the almost new twin-engine Gulfstream IV that apparently was singed by overheated wiring underneath. The cause was unclear.

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