Disputed call helps Blazers tip Hawks

Associated Press
Published November 28, 2005

ATLANTA - Josh Smith showed off his leaping ability last year by winning the NBA slam-dunk contest, but some may still doubt he can jump so high without help.

In a controversial call, official Phil Robinson said Smith grabbed the rim to make an offensive rebound with 7.2 seconds left, giving Portland the ball for Darius Miles' winning shot in a 77-75 victory over Atlanta on Sunday.

Miles' bank shot over Zaza Pachulia with 1.3 seconds left gave Portland the win, ending the Hawks' two-game winning streak. TV replays indicated Smith did not touch the rim.

Hawks coach Mike Woodson called it "bogus."

"The guy never even hung on the rim," Woodson said. "I went back and watched it on the tape. It was a bad call."

Hawks rookie Salim Stoudamire missed a last-second jumper after Miles' basket.

Zach Randolph led Portland with 24 points, making 12 of 15 shots from the field. Randolph missed two free throws with 1:06 left and the Blazers leading by two, giving the Hawks an opening. Joe Johnson's spinning drive tied it at 75 with 49 seconds left.

Harrington led Atlanta with 16 points and Pachulia had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

PACERS 97, CLIPPERS 92: Ron Artest scored 22 and Jermaine O'Neal had 16 points and 13 rebounds to pace Indiana. Elton Brand had 22 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles, which has lost consecutive games for the first time this season after a franchise-best 9-2 start and was beaten at home for the first time. Chris Kaman finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles.

NETS 102, LAKERS 96 (OT): Jason Kidd scored six of his season-high 35 points in overtime, and also had eight rebounds and 12 assists for visiting New Jersey. Kobe Bryant scored 46 - a league single-game high this season - for Los Angeles. Brian Cook of the Lakers hit a 10-footer as time expired in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime.

MAVERICKS: Forward Josh Howard will miss the team's two-game trip to Toronto and Milwaukee after injuring his ankle in Saturday's loss to Memphis.