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Pro basketball roundup

By Times staff and wire reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 6, 2000


McGrady heats up late for Magic

ORLANDO -- Tracy McGrady scored 15 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter as Orlando beat Boston 101-98 on Tuesday night.

Boston's Antoine Walker missed a potential tying shot with 2.1 seconds left. McGrady, who made 2 of 10 shots in the first half, connected on 12-of-18 after halftime. McGrady has scored 20 points or more in 13 of his 16 games. John Amaechi and Michael Doleac each had 16 points for Orlando, and Pat Garrity scored 12.

Orlando has won three in a row. Boston has lost four of six.

Malone passes Wilt

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone moved past Wilt Chamberlain for second place on the NBA's career scoring list.

After sitting for most of the second quarter of Utah's game against Toronto, Malone re-entered to cheers. He quickly threw in a jumper for the apparent historic basket, but Toronto was called for an illegal defense, negating the basket.

Malone then hit a finger-roll in the lane, giving him 31,420 points, one more than Chamberlain. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the career leader with 38,387.

KINGS 81, SPURS 75: Chris Webber scored 30 points and host Sacramento held San Antonio without a field goal in the final eight minutes to maintained its lead in the Pacific Division.

HEAT 100, HAWKS 92: A.C. Green scored a season-high 14 points, including the 12,000th of his career, for visiting Miami.

CAVS 71, HORNETS 66: Andre Miller, not known for his outside shooting, scored 17 of his 20 points on jumpers and host Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak. Charlotte matched its franchise low for points in a game.

PACERS 88, NETS 64: Jalen Rose scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half and Reggie Miller scored all of his 16 in the first two periods for host Indiana. New Jersey, playing without top scorer Stephon Marbury, lost its eighth in a row.

WOLVES 100, BULLS 90: Kevin Garnett scored 25 points and Chauncey Billups 22 as host Minnesota topped depleted Chicago, which was without leading scorers Elton Brand and Ron Mercer.

MAVS: Coach Don Nelson said he has prostate cancer.

"I'm not shaken up," Nelson told the Dallas Morning News before the team's game against Houston.

TIMBERWOLVES: Owner Glen Taylor said he has agreed to be suspended by the league for his role in a secret deal with former player Joe Smith that violated salary cap rules.

Kevin McHale, vice president of basketball operations, agreed to take a leave of absence, Taylor said. Coach and general manager Flip Saunders will not be punished.

TRADE DEADLINE: The league said the trade deadline has been pushed back to Feb. 22 from Feb. 15. Spokesman Brian McIntyre said the change was the result of an "administrative error."

ABA-IBL merger is off

The American Basketball Association 2000 officially is back to an eight-team league, and it will compete directly with the International Basketball League after an agreement to merge the two fell apart Tuesday afternoon.

The 2-week-old agreement, designed in part to keep the leagues from competing for fans, would have boosted the ABA 2000 to a 14-team league. Instead the IBL will begin play Friday. The ABA tips off Dec. 26.

- Staff writer Mike Readling contibuted to this report.

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