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NBA roundup: Wizards finally win one without Jordan

March 4, 2002

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— No Michael Jordan. No Richard Hamilton. No kidding  the Washington Wizards won anyway.

Six players in double digits  led by Courtney Alexander's 32 points  filled the void left by the team's two leading scorers as the Wizards broke a seven-game losing streak with Sunday's 107-102 victory over the Orlando Magic in overtime.

"I can't even tell you how big a win that was for our team," coach Doug Collins said. "Without Michael and Rip, our guys just competed the whole way. They needed that, they really did."

The Wizards had been 0-4 without Jordan, who is on the injured list following knee surgery. Hamilton missed the game with a virus that sent him to the emergency room suffering from dehydration Saturday.

The Wizards led by 14 in the first half and never trailed until the fourth quarter. Just when it seemed Orlando had seized the momentum, the Wizards held on down the stretch and outscored the Magic 12-7 in overtime.

Alexander, just 4-for-11 in the first half, scored 10 points each in the third and fourth quarters. He and Tyrone Nesby hit back-to-back jumpers to put the Wizards ahead 103-98 in the extra period.

Tracy McGrady was part of the Magic's slow start, missing his first 10 shots before leading the comeback. He finished with 30 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and four steals, but he also missed three of his four free throws and two of his three field-goal attempts in overtime.

Sixers 96, Raptors 84

Toronto  Allen Iverson topped the 40-point mark for the second game in a row and 40th time in his career, and Philadelphia dealt Toronto its 11th straight loss. Iverson scored 42 points for the Sixers, who won their third consecutive game. He had 43 in Friday's victory over New Jersey.

Vince Carter, playing his fourth game since coming off the injured list, had just 12 points for the Raptors.

Spurs 99, Knicks 83

New York  David Robinson moved within 12 points of 20,000 for his career, and Tim Duncan had 25 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio. Robinson had 13 points and 15 rebounds. Kurt Thomas had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks.

Nets 92, Bulls 84

East Rutherford, N.J. Â Jason Collins scored 17 points and matched a career-high with 12 rebounds, and Lucious Harris scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to lead New Jersey. Jalen Rose led the Bulls with 27 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter.

Sonics 96, Grizzlies 71

Memphis, Tenn. Â Gary Payton had 20 points and 13 assists, leading six Seattle players in double-figure scoring. Seattle took the lead midway through the first quarter and never trailed again, building its margin to as many as 29 points. The SuperSonics have won five of their last six games.

The Grizzlies have dropped seven in a row and 10 of 11.

Reserve Rodney Buford led Memphis with 16 points.

Pistons 83, Hornets 81

Charlotte, N.C.  Jerry Stackhouse scored on a driving layup with 3.7 seconds left  just Detroit's third basket of the fourth quarter  to lead the Pistons to victory. Stackhouse was 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final quarter and 14-for-14 for the game.

Elden Campbell led Charlotte with 23 points.

Bucks 101, Cavaliers 91

Cleveland  Glenn Robinson scored 28 points, and Ray Allen had 27 as Milwaukee got a rare win without Sam Cassell. The Bucks had been 1-6 this season without Cassell, the team's third-leading scorer. He sat out with a sprained left toe.

Andre Miller led Cleveland with 17 points. Tyrone Hill had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Pacers 97, Kings 86

Sacramento, Calif. Â Jermaine O'Neal had 29 points and 11 rebounds as Indiana shook off Reggie Miller's suspension to win in the NBA's toughest road arena. Austin Croshere scored 19 points in a reserve role as Indiana surprised the NBA-leading Kings.

Lakers 95, Rockets 79

Los Angeles  Shaquille O'Neal had 36 points and 14 rebounds as Los Angeles beat Houston without suspended Kobe Bryant.

Mavs 116, Nuggets 110, OT

Denver  Michael Finley scored seven of his 30 points in overtime, and Nick Van Exel added 20 as Dallas beat Denver.

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