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Orlando goes cold vs. Nets

By Wire services
Published January 30, 2004

ORLANDO - Jason Kidd scored 20 of his 33 in the first half, leading the Nets 89-79 over the Magic on Thursday night.

Interim coach Lawrence Frank got his second victory since taking over this week for the fired Byron Scott. Kidd shot 15-for-27 and had 10 rebounds for his 24th double double of the season.

Tracy McGrady scored 22, 10 in the first quarter, to pace Orlando. But Richard Jefferson's tight defense shut down McGrady after the first; he missed 14 of 20 shots.

Meanwhile, Magic forward Grant Hill said he hopes to play the last 10 games of the season. Hill has not played in more than a year because of an ankle injury.

BLAZERS 93, HAWKS 85: Rasheed Wallace had 11 of his 20 points during a dominating third quarter, and Zach Randolph finished with 22 for visiting Portland. Atlanta's leading scorer, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, was held to 13 and had all seven rebounds in the first half.

KINGS 96, SPURS 91: Bobby Jackson scored 12 of his 18 in the fourth quarter to lead visiting Sacramento. Peja Stojakovic had 22 points to lead the Kings, who had lost 10 of 12 meetings with the Spurs over the past three seasons.

ALL-STARS PICKED: Kobe Bryant was selected to start in the Feb.15 All-Star Game, voted in by fans despite a sexual assault charge. Joining Bryant on the West squad are Rockets center Yao Ming, Rockets guard Steve Francis, Spurs forward Tim Duncan and Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett. Raptors forward Vince Carter led all players with 2,127,183 votes. The rest of the East team includes Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal, Pistons center Ben Wallace, 76ers guard Allen Iverson and Magic guard Tracy McGrady.

NO LAUGHING MATTER: The Jazz apologized for a mock phone call that made fun of Karl Malone during a timeout of the Lakers game Saturday at Utah. Malone, who did not attend, was offended the Jazz alluded to Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case in part of the joke. "That's disrespectful," said Malone, who played 18 seasons with the Jazz. "I will never, ever forgive them for this. No class at all."

BULLS: The team is close to reaching a contract settlement with Jay Williams, who is recuperating from a motorcycle accident that has jeopardized his career. By buying Williams out - settlement is believed to be worth more than $3-million - the Bulls gain a roster spot and salary-cap flexibility.

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