Reserves to rescue for Raptors

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 12:53 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Rafer Alston and Damone Brown - players just signed from a developmental league - helped the injury-ravaged Toronto Raptors stun the Washington Wizards 84-75 Tuesday night.

Alston, from the Revelers of the National Basketball Development League had 13 points and 11 assists. Brown, from the NBDL's Lowgators, added 13 points.

Jerome Williams scored 14 points and had a season-high 20 rebounds, and Morris Peterson had 21 points for the Raptors.

Michael Jordan scored 22 points for Washington, but he was just 3-for-12 in the second half. The Wizards played without Jerry Stackhouse, who has a pulled left groin.

HEAT 88, PISTONS 85:Caron Butler scored 22 points, and Miami survived some last-minute jitters to snap a season-high six-game losing streak by beating the Detroit.

The Heat won despite missing six of eight free throws in the final 1:05. Detroit's Jon Barry was short with a fallaway 30-footer at the buzzer that would have forced an overtime.

KNICKS 98, BULLS 86: Allan Houston had 26 points, and Kurt Thomas added 24 and 13 rebounds as New York handed Chicago its 17th straight road loss.

Latrell Sprewell added 16 points for the Knicks.

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