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Published: Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 1:03 a.m.
MIAMI - Rookie Caron Butler scored six of his team-high 16 points in the final two minutes as the Miami Heat held on to hand the Cleveland Cavaliers their 14th consecutive loss, 85-79 Saturday night.
After the Cavaliers cut a 10-point deficit to 79-74 on two free throws by Milt Palacio and a 3-pointer by Dajuan Wagner, Butler secured Miami's victory with a baseline jumper with 1:08 remaining and a slam dunk off a missed 3-pointer by LaPhonso Ellis with 45 seconds left.
Ellis scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, and Brian Grant had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Wagner led the Cavaliers, who were without the suspended Ricky Davis, with 28 points. Davis was suspended for two games by coach John Lucas for an on-court argument with teammate Tyrone Hill on Friday night.
  • MAVERICKS 103, BULLS 90: Nick Van Exel returned from a nine-game injury absence with 17 points and seven assists, helping Dallas return to its winning ways with a victory over Chicago.
    Playing for the first time since their 14-0 start was stopped in Indiana, Dallas never trailed.
    The Mavericks went on an 11-0 run at the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth after Chicago got within five, improving to 8-0 at home and giving Don Nelson his 200th victory as their coach.
  • KNICKS 92, HORNETS 86, OT: Allan Houston was the first to admit he was long overdue to hit a clutch shot.
    Houston recovered from a scoreless second half to hit a clinching 12-foot jumper with 13 seconds left as the New York Knicks defeated New Orleans in the third overtime game of the month between the teams.
    Houston scored 16 points in the first half, none in the second half (shooting 0-for-7) and four in the extra period for New York, which lost the other two overtime games against the Hornets.
    "Yeah, I would think I was due," Houston said. "All the other ones just felt so good, it seemed like the one that was the toughest was the one that fell for me."
  • SPURS 107, JAZZ 85: Stephen Jackson scored 17 points and San Antonio held Karl Malone to 1-for-16 shooting, snapping Utah's six-game winning streak.
    The loss was Utah's 10th straight to the Spurs.
    San Antonio broke open what had been a back-and-forth game by making 10 of 15 shots in the third period, with Steve Smith scoring 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting.
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