Cavs cut down Nets to claim first win since All-Star break

Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

CLEVELAND - Jumaine Jones was up for a party.

Hey, it's not like he and the Cavaliers have had many chances to celebrate this season.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 29 points and Jones added 14 as Cleveland got its first win since the All-Star break, 93-90 Tuesday night over the New Jersey Nets.

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"I feel like popping some champagne," Jones said after the NBA's worst team improved to 11-46. "We came in here and had the lead at halftime. It had been a long time since we even had that. This was good for the guys.

"It feels good."

Ilgauskas also stole a pass from Jason Kidd and hit two key free throws with 13.7 seconds left for the Cavs, who snapped a six-game losing streak with their first win since Feb. 5.

Cleveland nearly blew it in the closing seconds, however, and only survived when Kidd's game-tying 3-pointer at the horn hit the front of the rim.

"I've seen him make those shots," said Cleveland interim coach Keith Smart, now 3-12 since taking over for John Lucas. "The way he stepped into it, I thought it was going in."

Ricky Davis added 19 points and Jones had 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which led 25-12 after one quarter and held on to snap a four-game losing skid at home.

"They came out and didn't act like a team with just 10 wins," Kidd said. "We fought back like we always do, but we just couldn't get over the hump."

Kidd had 31 points, 21 in the second half, and nine assists for the Nets, who have lost three straight and six of nine since the break.

Magic 98, Mavericks 93

At Orlando, with Tracy McGrady slowed by the Mavs, rookies Drew Gooden and Gordon Giricek sparked Orlando. In their third game since coming to the Magic in a trade with Memphis, the rookies scored 20 points apiece and combined for 18 rebounds.

Wizards 83, Pacers 78

At Indianapolis, Michael Jordan scored 25 points to lead the Wizards. Tyronn Lue added 18 points and 11 assists for Washington.

Spurs 84, Heat 69

Paced by 17 points and 10 rebounds from Tim Duncan, the Spurs got their 11th victory in the last 12 games. Since the new year started, the Spurs have an NBA-best 20-4 record. San Antonio is 10-0 at home against Eastern Conference teams this season.

The Heat, who have dropped four of their last five contests, were led by Eddie Jones with 13 points.

Kings 81, Pistons 75

At Sacramento, Calif., Chris Webber had a difficult shooting night, but wound up with 19 points, including some clutch baskets against the stingy Pistons. Detroit has lost eight straight to Sacramento.

Webber scored on three straight possessions in the final 90 seconds, backing down Cliff Robinson for a series of short hook shots as the Kings held on for their fourth straight win.

Richard Hamilton had 18 points and Ben Wallace got 19 rebounds as Detroit lost its fourth straight after winning nine of 10.

Knicks 102, Rockets 95

At New York, Allan Houston scored 28 points for the hosts. Latrell Sprewell and Kurt Thomas each stole the ball from Yao Ming on two late possessions as the Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak.

Yao scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds, but his two turnovers down the stretch were costly. Cuttino Mobley scored 25 for Houston.

Trail Blazers 89, Hawks 86

At Portland, Ore., Rasheed Wallace had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 12 but had to fend off a second-half challenge.

Portland center Dale Davis missed the game because of an upper respiratory infection.

The Hawks have lost seven of their last nine and are just 5-24 this season on the road. Glenn Robinson led them with 24 points.

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