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Nets give coach a record start

By Wire services
Published February 19, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The record for the best start to a coaching career belongs to a 33-year-old who was not good enough to play for his high school team.

The Nets' Lawrence Frank got his 10th straight victory, riding Jason Kidd's 58th career triple double in a 98-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

Frank had shared the record for best coaching start with Kurt Rambis of the 1998-99 Lakers and Buddy Jeannette of the 1947-48 Baltimore Bullets.

SPURS 86, RAPTORS 82: Tim Duncan scored 26 and tied a season-high with 21 rebounds as visiting San Antonio won its sixth straight. Toronto star Vince Carter didn't return after being helped off the court after injuring his left ankle midway through the fourth quarter. Saying "I guess I'm day to day," Carter wondered whether San Antonio's Bruce Bowen intentionally tripped him. Toronto rookie center Chris Bosh re-sprained his left ankle.

MAVS 114, CAVS 98: Scott Williams shot 7-for-8 and scored 16 in his first start for visiting Dallas, which signed him off waivers last month from Phoenix. In other news, Mavericks assistant coach Del Harris will lead the Chinese national team at the Athens Olympics, the first foreigner to guide China in international play.

BLAZERS 101, CLIPPERS 86: Zach Randolph, who didn't start for the first time this season because he missed a shootaround, had 17 points and 10 rebounds for host Portland. In other news, Portland forward Qyntel Woods was fined for conduct detrimental to the team after the driver of a car he was riding in during the weekend was charged with driving under the influence. Woods was not taken into custody or charged.

PISTONS 102, BUCKS 98: Host Detroit ended a six-game losing streak. Milwaukee played without new acquisition Keith Van Horn (family issues).

HORNETS 120, WIZARDS 98: Host New Orleans had its highest-scoring game of the season.

CELTICS: Boston released Vin Baker when the forward cleared waivers after his suspension for violating the terms of his alcohol treatment program. The move may allow the team to avoid paying $36-million for the remaining 21/2 years on the deal.

PACERS: Forward Ron Artest missed practice to have his injured left thumb examined. He aggravated it when he fell Tuesday.

A PROMISE NOT MET: Sweat shirts manufactured in Myanmar were found on shelves of the NBA's Manhattan store. The league promised nearly a month ago it would remove the sweat shirts following charges the store was violating federal law by selling goods made in Myanmar. "We are currently investigating," league spokesman Matt Bourne said.

[Last modified February 19, 2004, 02:00:25]


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