Archive for Saturday, December 30, 2000

Heat melt Wizards, win fourth straight

December 30, 2000

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— Eddie Jones' new lucky number is 31.

Jones scored 31 points for the third time in four games as the Miami Heat beat the hapless Washington Wizards, 98-91, Friday night to run their winning streak to four straight.

"Maybe I should play that number (in the lottery)," said Jones, who got off to a 2-for-6 start with three missed free throws. "I started off the game messed up. I blame myself because I was attacking and not finishing."

Jones, who shot 12-for-19, scored eight points in the final 3:08 of the fourth quarter, which featured eight lead changes.

Tim Hardaway added 25 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter. Miami's starting guards were 5-for-8 from the field and 9-for-10 from the line in the fourth quarter. In the final 35 seconds, Jones who matched his season-high point total made four straight free throws.

Washington, which lost its sixth straight, played without point guard Rod Strickland, who served a one-game suspension for violating several team rules. Filling in for Strickland, Chris Whitney scored 16 points and added six assists, but injured his right ankle in the closing seconds and limped off the court.

"Chris is a professional," Wizards coach Leonard Hamilton said. "He steps up when he's called upon."

Cavaliers 97, Hawks 85

Atlanta Lamond Murray scored 22 points and Andre Miller had 19 as Cleveland snapped a five-game losing streak. Murray, who also grabbed 11 rebounds, hit a pair of three-pointers and had a tip-in to push Cleveland's lead to 10 points midway through fourth quarter.

Jazz 100, Warriors 89

Oakland, Calif. Larry Hughes had 20 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds as Golden State Warriors snapped a 17-game losing streak against Utah. The Warriors' string of losses to Utah was the longest between any two teams in the NBA.

Knicks 95, Bulls 68

New York Latrell Sprewell scored a season-high 32 points, Glen Rice added 20 and Kurt Thomas had 18 as New York beat Chicago. Sprewell shot 11-for-17 in the game and had 30 points through three quarters. He scored 11 points in the first quarter as the Knicks charged to a 27-22 lead.

Trail Blazers 104, Grizzlies 81

Portland, Ore. Arvydas Sabonis scored a season-high 20 points as Portland beat Vancouver. The Trail Blazers won their fourth straight game, despite the absence of guard Steve Smith, who was sidelined by the flu. Bonzi Wells scored 14 points in his first career start.

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