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Hughes a huge boost for Wizards with 43

By Wire services
Published January 11, 2004

WASHINGTON - The way the Wizards have been going, it was going to take something really special to beat the 76ers.

Larry Hughes was something special.

Hughes scored a season-high 43 Saturday night, using a few breathtaking moves along the way, to lead the league's second-worst team to a rare 94-87 victory.

"I've been working on my shot. I had a 5-for-23 I wanted to get off my back," said Hughes, referring to a dreadful shooting game earlier this month against Milwaukee. "I wanted to come back and have a good show."

Hughes scored 28 in the first half, shouldering the load by necessity after the pregame news that Gilbert Arenas would be sidelined three to six weeks after re-aggravating an abdominal injury.

Hughes played 43 minutes, made 17-of-29 shots, 7 of 8 free throws and had five steals and a key offensive rebound in the final two minutes. He finished one point shy of his career high of 44.

Glenn Robinson scored 22 to lead the 76ers. Allen Iverson scored 15 but had nine turnovers.

SPURS 89, PACERS 88 (OT): Hedo Turkoglu forced overtime with a 3-pointer, then made two baskets in the extra period to lead the hosts.

Turkoglu, who finished with 15 points, missed a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in overtime and a long rebound came out to the Pacers' Ron Artest.

Artest, who scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, started to take the ball upcourt, but then tried to call a timeout as time expired.

Spur Tim Duncan scored 30.

TIMBERWOLVES 83, HEAT 77: Kevin Garnett had 28 points and 17 rebounds for the hosts. Sam Cassell added 18 points for Minnesota. Brian Grant had 17 points and nine rebounds and Lamar Odom chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds for Miami.

JAZZ 92, HAWKS 77: DeShawn Stevenson scored 17 points for Utah, earning coach Jerry Sloan his 800th victory with the host.

BULLS 89, HORNETS 84: Jamal Crawford scored 20, and the hosts won despite almost squandering a 22-point lead. Charlotte guard Baron Davis scored 29, 14 in the fourth.

KNICKS 94, BUCKS 88: Kurt Thomas scored a season-high 28 to help the hosts snap a four-game skid.

Former Net Dare dies

Yinka Dare, the Nets' first-round pick in 1994, died after collapsing at his Englewood, N.J., home.

He was 32.

A medical examiner determined that Dare, pronounced dead Friday at Englewood Hospital after being rushed to the emergency room, had a heart attack due to an arrhythmia condition that was discovered when he was in college at George Washington.

He played 110 games in four seasons with the Nets, averaging 2.1 points and 2.6 rebounds.

RAPTORS: Forward Lamond Murray was activated, and guard Milt Palacio was placed on the injured list with a break in his left wrist.

RODMAN WATCH: Dennis Rodman practiced with the Long Beach Jam for the first time and is expected to make his American Basketball Association debut Friday.

WARRIORS: Troy Murphy (right-ankle bone spur) sat out Saturday.

Late Friday

LAKERS 113, HAWKS 67: Stanislav Medvedenko scored a career-high 26 and had 11 rebounds, and Kobe Bryant added 26 points for the hosts. Stephen Jackson's 13 led the Hawks.

KINGS 113, SUNS 93: Peja Stojakovic had 29 points and 12 rebounds to lead the visitors. Joe Johnson scored 23 for Phoenix.

SONICS 122, GRIZZLIES 116: Rashard Lewis scored 26 for the hosts. James Posey led Memphis with 25.

[Last modified January 11, 2004, 01:33:09]

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