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Archive for Sunday, December 9, 2001

NBA Roundup: Hawks avenge lopsided loss

Atlanta tops Magic one night after 35-point defeat

December 9, 2001

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— With their worst loss of the season still fresh in their minds, Jason Terry and the Atlanta Hawks were out for redemption.

Terry made two free throws with 17.7 seconds left and the Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 107-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

Atlanta lost by 35 points in Orlando on Friday, but had an immediate chance at revenge with the second game of a home-and-home series.

"You can't lose two games to a team like that or they look down on you," said Hawks reserve Mark Strickland. "The way we lost last night was truly embarrassing."

Terry scored 28 points and Nazr Mohammed added 20 for the Hawks.

"You can't just dwell on your last game," Terry said. "It's a long season and you have to go game-by-game. You just have to move on."

Orlando's Tracy McGrady, who finished with 40 points, had two chances to tie it in the final seconds, but missed a hook with 10 seconds left and a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Orlando had its four-game winning streak snapped. The Magic dropped to 0-10 when they have fewer assists than their opponent.

The Hawks trailed by 16 in the third quarter before rallying and took their first lead since early in the game on Toni Kukoc's three-point play with 5:53 left.

"We came out in the second half like we already had the game won," McGrady said. "They fought until they got close, and then we just fell apart."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim played just seven minutes before leaving the game after aggravating his bruised tailbone. He fell Friday night while trying for a rebound in the first quarter and missed the rest of the game.

"When you lose to a team with no Abdur-Rahim on the floor and their make their run with no Jason Terry on the floor, you should ... lose the game," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said.

Knicks 101, Pacers 99

New York With Jeff Van Gundy undoubtedly watching from the edge of his easy chair, New York began a new era without him by beating Indiana.

The Knicks learned first thing in the morning that Van Gundy had resigned unexpectedly as head coach, saying he had lost his focus and had been thinking of quitting since the summer. Van Gundy vowed to watch the game on television.

Don Chaney coached in his place and New York survived a rally led by notorious Knick-killer Reggie Miller to escape with their sixth victory in seven games.

Marcus Camby had 18 points and 22 rebounds before making a boneheaded play with 11.3 seconds left that gave Indiana one last chance to go for a tie or the win. Latrell Sprewell led New York with 25 points, Allan Houston added 18 and Kurt Thomas had 13 points.

Bucks 95, Nets 79

Milwaukee Sam Cassell scored a season-high 28 points and Ray Allen had 21 as Milwaukee beat New Jersey. Keith Van Horn had 15 points and Jason Kidd added 14 for the Nets, who had their lowest point total this season. They scored 82 in a loss at home to Philadelphia on Nov. 17.

Bulls 87, Celtics 84

Chicago Ron Mercer hit a late go-ahead jumper and Chicago rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Boston and end the Celtics' six-game winning streak. Mercer's jumper gave the Bulls an 86-84 lead with 1:24 to play. After a Celtics miss, Chicago turned the ball over and Boston called a timeout with 49 seconds remaining. Paul Pierce missed a jumper and when the Celtics couldn't convert on three follow-ups, Marcus Fizer rebounded.

Wizards 102, Mavericks 95

Dallas Michael Jordan returned to the air for most of his points and scored 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, lifting Washington past Dallas. Jordan's only baskets through three quarters came on two dunks and a vintage layup. He missed his first 12 jumpers, going through two 0-for-6 skids, and his first two free throws.

Cavaliers 109, Nuggets 99

Cleveland Lamond Murray scored a season-high 33 points, Wes Person had 24 and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 10 points and six rebounds in eight minutes leading Cleveland over Denver. The Cavs' sixth win in their last seven home games was especially sweet for first-year coach John Lucas, who was an assistant in Denver for three years before taking the Cleveland job.

Grizzlies 92, 76ers 83

Memphis, Tenn. Rookie Pau Gasol scored 24 points and Jason Williams added 23 as Memphis beat injury-riddled Philadelphia, the Grizzlies' second victory over the 76ers in six days.

Timberwolves 107, Rockets 97

Minneapolis Kevin Garnett scored 21 points to lead Minnesota over Houston, extending the Rockets' losing streak to nine games. Garnett added nine rebounds and eight assists for the Wolves, who maintained a double-digit lead through the second half. Wally Szczerbiak and Joe Smith each added 18 points for Minnesota.

Jazz 111, Warriors 101

Salt Lake City Karl Malone had a season-high 39 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter when he hit 6-of-7 from the floor, as Utah beat Golden State. John Stockton scored 15 points, hitting all four of his free throws in the final 32.2 seconds.

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