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Jones' aid lifts Bucks vs. Magic

By Wire services
Published March 4, 2004

ORLANDO - Keith Van Horn scored 25 and Damon Jones tied the league's season high with 17 assists in leading the Bucks 105-97 over the Magic on Wednesday night.

Michael Redd added 24 points, 16 after halftime, and Desmond Mason scored 22 for Milwaukee. Jones' assists tied Stephon Marbury, who did it twice this season - with Suns on Dec.18 and the Knicks on Jan.16. Jones also had nine points, including a key 3-pointer, and seven rebounds. This was Jones' fourth start at point guard since T.J. Ford bruised his spinal column in a fall Feb.24.

For the Magic, Tracy McGrady scored 20 of his 31 points after halftime.

"Every time I sit down and get up, it's the worst pain," said McGrady, 11-for-27 from the field and 5-of-15 on 3-pointers. "It takes me a while to get loose and get going."

CAVS 112, HAWKS 80: LeBron James scored 24 in three quarters and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 17 for host Cleveland. The surging Cavaliers have won five of their past seven. A sellout crowd of 20,562 was on hand for James' bobblehead doll night. The first 10,000 through the door received the tiny statues.

WOLVES 121, MAVS 97: Kevin Garnett had 28 points and 19 rebounds to lead host Minnesota. The Mavericks were playing without point guard Steve Nash (stomach virus) a second straight night. Minnesota set a season high for points in a regulation game and 3-pointers - hitting 11-of-21. Marquis Daniels and Michael Finley each scored 16 for Dallas.

WIZARDS 84, RAPTORS 70: Gilbert Arenas scored 27 for host Washington. Vince Carter shot 7-for-18 and scored just four of his 16 points in the second half for the Raptors. Arenas and Etan Thomas scored all of Washington's points during a 14-3 third-quarter run that gave the Wizards the lead for good.

KNICKS 88, 76ERS 77: Stephon Marbury saw Tim Thomas out of the corner of his eye and flicked a no-look pass for a resounding dunk, a key play as host New York pulled away in the fourth quarter. The dunk came during an 8-0 run midway through the fourth. Marbury finished with 36 points and 10 assists. Philadelphia's Allen Iverson, who returned after a four-game absence because of a bruised shoulder, had 11 points.

LAKERS 96, ROCKETS 93: Shaquille O'Neal scored 28 and Kobe Bryant hit the go-ahead basket with 32 seconds left, and visiting Los Angeles rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit. Yao Ming had 33 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets.

GRIZZLIES 97, BLAZERS 88: Bonzi Wells made his first trip to Portland since the Blazers traded him Dec. 3 and scored 28 for Memphis. Wells hit a 3-pointer and followed with a fastbreak layup to make it 90-74 for the Grizzlies, who have won eight of 10.

HORNETS 100, BULLS 97 (OT): Jamal Mashburn made a turnaround 3-pointer at the buzzer for host New Orleans. Mashburn finished with 27 points, including a 3-pointer with 33 seconds left that forced overtime.

SPURS 88, SONICS 84: Tony Parker had 11 points and three steals in the fourth quarter for host San Antonio, which squandered a 13-point lead in the final quarter. Parker made a key shot with 47.9 seconds left. The Spurs played their third straight game without Tim Duncan (leg).

SUNS 87, NETS 74: Amare Stoudemire had 32 points to become the first Phoenix player in eight years to score at least 20 in 10 consecutive games. The last Suns player with a double-digit, 20-point streak was Charles Barkley, who did it twice during the 1995-96 season.

WILLIAMS TRIAL: Former All-Star Jayson Williams had his finger near the trigger of a shotgun when he snapped it closed and it discharged, killing a limousine driver, a one-time teammate testified. Benoit Benjamin, testifying at Williams's manslaughter trial in return for immunity from prosecution, was at Williams' mansion in Alexandria Township, N.J., two years ago when Costas Christofi was killed. Benjamin said Williams took a shotgun, which was loaded, from a gun case in the bedroom and asked the driver why he was there.

KNICKS: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was hired, but details of his status have not been worked out, president Isiah Thomas said.

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