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Mavs extend Magic's woes

Associated Press
Published December 7, 2003

DALLAS - Make it 19 losses in a row for Orlando, which is closing in on the NBA record for consecutive defeats.

Antoine Walker had 24 points and 16 rebounds and Michael Finley added 22 points to lead the Mavericks to a 110-97 win Saturday night.

With Dallas playing its fifth game in eight days, all without injured Dirk Nowitzki, coach Don Nelson took advantage of the woeful Magic by mixing players in and out of the lineup.

The single-season league record for consecutive losses is 23 by the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995-96 and Nuggets in 1997-98. The overall record is 24 by the Cavs at the end of 1981-82 and the start of the next season. Orlando's next four games are against Phoenix, Washington, New Jersey and Atlanta.

The Mavericks led for good after Walker's short jumper with 7:36 left in the second quarter made it 42-41 and started a 13-0 run. Tracy McGrady led Orlando with 27 points but shot just 9-of-24.

SPURS 86, HEAT 70: Tim Duncan had 21 points, including his second 3-pointer of the season, and 19 rebounds to lead visiting San Antonio. The Spurs got a season-high 21 points and 13 rebounds from Rasho Nesterovic and 11 assists from Tony Parker. Lamar Odom scored 17 to lead Miami, which equaled its lowest scoring output of the season. The Heat also scored 70 on Nov.11 at Houston.

NETS 99, SUNS 88: Kenyon Martin had 21 points and 12 rebounds, helping New Jersey win consecutive home games for the first time this season. Richard Jefferson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who had six in double figures. The Nets played before a sparse crowd for a second straight night because of a snowstorm. The attendance was announced as 14,639, but the actual turnout was closer to 5,000. The Suns played without Amare Stoudemire (ankle), who will miss the remainder of Phoenix's road trip.

CAVS 95, HAWKS 85: Rookie Jason Kapono scored 16 and Darius Miles added 15 as host Cleveland snapped an eight-game losing streak. The Cavs withstood a season-high, 43-point effort from Atlanta's Shareef Abdur-Rahim. LeBron James had only eight points, six rebounds and five assists.

HORNETS 97, BULLS 91: New Orleans made coach Tim Floyd a winner in his first trip back to Chicago since leaving the Bulls in December 2001. Darrell Armstrong scored a season-high 23 and David Wesley added 20 for the Hornets. Jamal Crawford scored 23 of his 28 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to keep Chicago from its ninth loss in 10 games.

ROCKETS 86, PISTONS 80: Yao Ming led host Houston with 22 points and 22 rebounds. Mehmet Okur paced Detroit with 21 points.

TRANSPLANT FOR 'ZO?: Alonzo Mourning said he is optimistic he will receive a kidney transplant this month. Mourning, who retired last month from the Nets because of a deterioration in his health, made his comments in a letter to supporters through his Miami-based charity.

"My nephrologist, Dr. Gerald Appel, is currently working on selecting the most compatible donor for the transplant," Mourning wrote. "If all goes as expected, we anticipate that it will be possible to have the surgery completed by the end of the year."

The seven-time All-Star center retired when his kidney function deteriorated and chemical imbalances in his blood made it dangerous for him to play.

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