Archive for Sunday, January 26, 2003

NBA Briefs

January 26, 2003

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Hornets guard Davis to have knee surgery

New Orleans -- Hornets guard Baron Davis will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

Davis injured the knee during the third quarter of Friday night's 97-96 overtime loss to Portland. The team said it wouldn't know how long Davis will be out until Monday.

Davis has averaged 16.8 points and 6.9 assists in 36 games this season. He missed eight games earlier in the season due to back spasms.

The team said forward Jamal Mashburn, who strained his right hamstring late in the first half against Portland, is questionable for Monday's game against Milwaukee.

Raptors guard Hunter could miss 10 days

Toronto -- Toronto Raptors guard Lindsey Hunter is expected to be sidelined up to 10 days because of a sore lower back. Hunter is averaging 9.7 points and 2.4 assists in 29 games.

The Raptors also announced Saturday that forward Michael Bradley will return today after missing 11 games with a disc injury to his lower back. Bradley averaged 3.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in 32 games.

Vince Carter is also expected to return to the lineup today against the Sacramento Kings after missing 23 games with a strained right knee. Carter received medical clearance on Friday.

The Raptors have lost five straight and 21 of 24.

Sonics' Payton logs 18,000th career point

Memphis, Tenn. -- Seattle's Gary Payton scored the 18,000th point of his career with a layup in the Sonics' victory against Memphis on Saturday.

He is the 47th player in NBA history to reach the milestone, but only the fourth to have 18,000 points and 7,000 assists. John Stockton, Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas are the others.

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