Hawks snap streak, top Rockets

Published: Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 10, 2003 at 11:11 p.m.

ATLANTA - Jason Terry scored a season-high 33 points as the Atlanta Hawks snapped a six-game losing streak with an 84-75 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

The Hawks improved to 2-6 since coach Terry Stotts replaced Lon Kruger. Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 21 points, and Theo Ratliff had 16 rebounds and four blocks. Glenn Robinson sat out with a sore right elbow.

Eddie Griffin had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who lost for just the second time in six games. Leading scorer Steve Francis, averaging 23 points coming in, had a miserable night, scoring 16 on 5-of-18 shooting.

Yao Ming, making his first appearance in Atlanta, scored nine, all in the second half. He missed several shots from in close, including a couple that were blocked by Ratliff, and drew his first technical foul of the season for taunting.

After Ratliff slammed home a rebound, Yao did the same on the other end and appeared to say something to Ratliff. Referee Tim Donaghy immediately whistled a technical.

The crowd of 17,859 was a season high, although more than 2,000 short of a sellout.

  • NETS 94, RAPTORS 79: Jason Kidd had 25 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as New Jersey rebounded from its worst loss of the season to hand Toronto its 12th straight defeat.

    Kidd managed just 10 points on 5-for-17 shooting in Thursday's 36-point loss to the Sacramento Kings. He went 9-for-19 from the field against Toronto.

    Kenyon Martin added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who were denied a 11th straight win Thursday.

    Toronto's Vince Carter missed his 16th straight game with a strained right knee. Carter practiced twice this past week, but wasn't given medical clearance before the game.

    Newly acquired Rafer Alston had 17 points and five turnovers for the Raptors, who have lost 16 of 17.

    Kidd had 11 points and five assists as New Jersey outscored Toronto 29-18 in the second quarter. After Alston made a 3-pointer to tie the game at 36, the Nets followed with a 15-4 run, including two 3-pointers by Kidd. New Jersey never trailed after that.

  • WARRIORS 104, WIZARDS 99: Earl Boykins scored 16 points, many of them from difficult angles by contorting his 5-foot-5 body through the paint, as Golden State beat Washington to snap the Wizards' five-game winning streak.

    Gilbert Arenas led the Warriors with 22 points, and Troy Murphy had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, but it was Boykins who led the way down the stretch with nine points in the fourth quarter.

    Boykins shot 7-of-10 and added four assists for the Warriors, who have won six of their last eight.

    Jerry Stackhouse scored 26 points for the Wizards, who lost to a team with a losing record for the first time since Nov. 23.

    Larry Hughes had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Washington. Michael Jordan, who missed two practices this week with a virus, had 14 points and five assists.

  • MAVERICKS 103, CELTICS 78: Michael Finley and Dirk Nowitzki combined for 37 first-half points, then hooked up on an electrifying alley oop in the third quarter, carrying Dallas past Boston.

    Showing great hustle on both ends, especially in fighting for loose balls defensively, the Mavericks broke a second-quarter tie at 27 with a 21-3 run. Their energy - and scoring - remained high through three quarters, waning only once they emptied the bench in the final period.

    Nowitzki got it all started with 15 points in the first quarter. Finley had 16 in the second and Steve Nash came alive in the third with 13 points after going scoreless in the first half.

    Nowitzki finished with 28 points, Finley had 22 and seven assists and Nash 13 points and six assists.

  • KNICKS 114, 76ERS 112: Charlie Ward made a crucial 3-pointer with 31 seconds left, one of New York's franchise-record 16, as the Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak.

    The Knicks made six free throws in the final 24 seconds, including three by Ward, to secure the win. The loss extended the Sixers' skid to five in a row, including three at home, and 13 of their last 17.

    Houston and Latrell Sprewell had 31 points each, Ward scored 17 and Kurt Thomas had 15 for the Knicks, who were 16-for-32 from beyond the 3-point arc.

    Allen Iverson, who started the game despite suffering a right quad contusion in Wednesday's loss to Detroit, scored 30.

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