Archive for Saturday, December 1, 2001

NBA Roundup: LaFrentz fuels Nuggets, ignores trade rumors

December 1, 2001


— Raef LaFrentz has his own way of dealing with trade rumors he's involved in.

He ignores them.

Despite talk of a trade, LaFrentz made two free throws in the last six seconds and had 26 points and 15 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets ended a four-game losing streak with a 96-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

"People can say what they want to say, but I haven't been playing badly," said LaFrentz, who found himself frequently in coach Dan Issel's doghouse during the four-game skid. "All I can concentrate on is taking my shots. What did Dan say today?"

Issel laughed, but offered nothing more than an assessment of LaFrentz's night.

"Raef was terrific," Issel said. "He gave us what we needed on the inside and that tip he had at the end was huge."

LaFrentz was 4-for-5 shooting and 5-for-6 from the line in the fourth quarter, and Nick Van Exel added 18 points for the Nuggets, who beat the Clippers for the seventh straight time in Denver.

Lakers 107, Sonics 92

Seattle Kobe Bryant scored 28 of his 30 points after Shaquille O'Neal was ejected to lead Los Angeles over Seattle. Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak to the Sonics and avenged a 121-88 loss in Seattle last Nov. 30. The victory was the seventh straight for the Lakers, and gave them a franchise-best 14-1 record to start the season.

Blazers 101, Bucks 95

Portland, Ore. Dale Davis had season highs of 25 points and 16 rebounds as Portland won its third straight. Rasheed Wallace added 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Wizards 84, Heat 75

Miami Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards extended the longest losing streak in Pat Riley's storied coaching career Friday night. Jordan had 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Wizards beat Miami, handing the Heat their 11th consecutive loss.

Pistons 110, Hornets 105

Charlotte, N.C. Jerry Stackhouse scored 31 points, and Chucky Atkins added 24 to lead Detroit over Charlotte. Ben Wallace made two free throws to break a 103-all tie with 1:04 left, and Stackhouse hit a three-pointer with 15 seconds left to seal the victory.

Kings 109, Spurs 106, OT

San Antonio Hedo Turkoglu scored a career-high 24 points to lead Sacramento. Mike Bibby added 22 points, and Lawrence Funderburke a season-high 16 for Sacramento, which won its third straight. Peja Stojakovic, who came in averaging 24.3 points, was held to only 11.

Suns 98, Jazz 76

Phoenix Rodney Rogers scored a season-high 23 points, including eight during a 31-point third quarter as Phoenix blew the game open. Penny Hardaway had 17 points and Shawn Marion 16 for the Suns, who won their third straight for the first time this season. The Jazz, who play Indiana at home Saturday night, rested John Stockton and Karl Malone most of the fourth quarter.

Grizzlies 102, Rockets 85

Memphis, Tenn. Jason Williams scored a career-high 38 points and had 11 assists to lead Memphis over Houston. Williams shot 16-of-28 from the field.

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