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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 8, 2001


Reid's 17 rebounds lift Magic

ORLANDO -- The Magic has been able to count on several constants this season, not the least ofwhich is the production of Tracy McGrady.

If Don Reid contributes anything, it's a bonus.

Reid provided some bonus Wednesday night, grabbing 17 rebounds to help Orlando defeat Detroit112-102.

"I looked at Bo (Outlaw) and said, 'Dang, 17 rebounds. He's getting a new contract tonight,' " Darrell Armstrong said of Reid.

The Magic outrebounded the Pistons 56-41, and coach Doc Rivers says that was the difference in helping his team win for the fifth time in six games.

"Kudos to the rebounds," Rivers said. "The one thing Detroit is is a great offensive rebounding team. They only had seven for the game and that's a terrific job on the boards, especiallywhen that's something you haven't been known to be good at.

"(Reid is) just so physical and I think the more and more we're giving him minutes, the lesshe's been in foul trouble. I think officials are starting to understand how he plays."

McGrady had 37 points and 11 rebounds, hitting 12 of 28 field goals and 12 of 16 free throws.He also had 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks. McGrady has scored 30 or more 20 times this season.

Mike Miller had 20 points, hitting 4 of 5 three-pointers as Orlando made 8 of 16.

76ERS 102, NETS 94: Allen Iverson had 38 points, 14 in the fourth quarter, as host Philadelphia rallied. The Sixers scored the first basket of the game, then trailed until the fourth, when they outscored New Jersey 27-15.

MAVS 93, HEAT 86: Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 and Michael Finley hit a pair of three-pointers in the fourth quarter as Dallas won for the fourth time in five games and handed Miami its third loss in its past 17 home games.

KNICKS 79, PACERS 75: Latrell Sprewell scored 26, including the go-ahead basket with 14 seconds left, as New York snapped a seven-game road losing streak and stretched Indiana's losing streak to four games.

BUCKS 101, CELTICS 94: Sam Cassell scored 24 and Tim Thomas came off the bench to add 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead visiting Milwaukee. Boston, which had a chance to tie for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot, lost for the seventh time in nine games.

WIZARDS 88, CAVS 83: Mitch Richmond scored 17 and visiting Washington rallied in the final four minutes to snap a seven-game losing streak. Cleveland has lost 18 of 20 and 31 of 38 to put coach Randy Wittman's job in jeopardy.

ROCKETS 104, HAWKS 98: Steve Francis made a three-pointer with 25.3 seconds left and Houston came back from two 23-point deficits to send host Atlanta to its season-high ninth straight loss.

KINGS 100, SUNS 89: Chris Webber scored 24 of his 41 in the second half as visiting Sacramento came back from a 28-point deficit. The rally was the biggest in the NBA this season.

JAZZ 86, SONICS 82: Karl Malone scored 26 and host Utah blitzed Seattle with a dominant second quarter before holding off a late rally.

Odom, Rider get drug suspensions

NEW YORK -- The Clippers' Lamar Odom and the Lakers' Isaiah Rider were suspended for five games each by the NBA for violating the league's anti-drug program.

No details were given. The NBA is not allowed to disclose information about the testing or treatment of any player in the program.

Odom is averaging a team-high 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in his second season.

"The NBA's drug policy is completely supervised by the league. Lamar's top priority right now has got to be to fulfill whatever is required of him under this program, and then go from there," Clippers vice president of basketball operations Elgin Baylor said in a statement.

Rider has racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and several weeks in suspensions during his eight-year career.

"It doesn't endear Isaiah to us, obviously," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I'm sure Isaiah has a reason. I'll have to listen to that tomorrow before I pass any judgment."

Because of the NBA's privacy surrounding drug suspensions, Rider's teammates were unaware of the details.

"They're curious," Jackson said. "I don't think any of them are surprised."

K.J.'S NO. 7 RETIRED: Kevin Johnson's No. 7 was added to the "ring of honor" night at America West Arena, where he served for a decade as the Suns' court leader. The number was retired in a halftime ceremony at the Phoenix-Sacramento game. Johnson, who is sixth in NBA history with 9.1 assists per game, is the seventh Phoenix player to be so honored.

JORDAN LATE ON TAXES: Michael Jordan is two months delinquent in paying $2,400 in county and municipal taxes on property he owns along a North Carolina golf course, according to Moore County records. Estee Portnoy, a spokeswoman for Jordan in Washington, said the unpaid taxes were a minor oversight after the bill was sent to a Chicago address meant for his fan mail, not his bills.

AGENT DECERTIFIED: The players association decertified agent Robert J. Walsh, who recently pleaded guilty to paying a college basketball player.

HEAT: Guard Eddie Jones, the team's leading scorer, was placed on the injured list with a dislocated shoulder. It is uncertain whether he will return before the playoffs.

HORNETS: Center Elden Campbell and forward Jamal Mashburn are questionable with injuries. Mashburn bruised his sternum Tuesday, and Campbell has been plagued by a sore left knee and right shoulder.

MAVS: star Juwan Howard has been sued by a woman who contends he knowingly infected her with genital herpes. Howard's lawyer, Frederick Sperling, said his client denies the charges. The suit filed by Dana Hughes seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

PACERS: Reggie Miller was suspended for one game and fined $10,000 by the NBA for hitting a referee with a wad of chewing gum.

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