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Stackhouse gives Wizards big win


Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 1:12 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Scott Williams was driving down the center of the lane, all but certain to ram home a two-handed dunk that would tie the game with 35 seconds left.

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Washington Wizards' Jerry Stackhouse (42) knocks the ball out of the hands of Phoenix Suns' Scott Williams in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter Monday, in Washington. The Wizards won 98-93.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Then Jerry Stackhouse - 4 inches shorter and 42 pounds lighter - appeared out of nowhere and rejected the shot head-on.

Stackhouse's block, along with his 33 points, led the Washington Wizards out of a three-game losing streak. They blew a 15-point second-half lead for the second game in a row, but this time held on to beat the Phoenix Suns 98-93 Monday night.

``I don't think he wears that No. 42 for nothing,'' teammate Bryon Russell said. ``I think he's got a 42-inch vertical leap.''

  • PACERS 102, HEAT 95: Tempestuous Ron Artest made the Miami Heat angry, and Reggie Miller finished them off.

    Miller sank a 3-pointer with 1:10 left to put visiting Indiana ahead to stay, then added a layup with 41 seconds left.

    Artest had two confrontations with Heat coach Pat Riley, and he made an obscene gesture from center court as the Pacers rallied in the final period. The Heat lost after leading at the start of the fourth quarter for the eighth time.

  • CAVALIERS 104, CLIPPERS 100: In Cleveland, Ricky Davis scored 32 points and hit the go-ahead jumper with nine seconds left to give Keith Smart his first victory as Cleveland's coach.

    Davis scored 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers snapped a six-game losing streak and ruined the return of Andre Miller to Cleveland. It was the Cavaliers' first win at home since Dec. 23.

  • NETS 92, NUGGETS 66: Richard Jefferson scored 23 points and Kenyon Martin had 17 points and nine rebounds, leading New Jersey over turnover-prone Denver.

    Lucious Harris added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Nets, who used a 20-4 run in the second quarter to take control.

  • T-WOLVES 106, SPURS 95: Kevin Garnett tied his season high with 34 points to lead Minnesota to a bruising win over visiting San Antonio, the Timberwolves' sixth straight win.

  • BUCKS 108, HORNETS 93: Sam Cassell had 25 points and 10 assists, and Michael Redd scored 22 points - including six 3-pointers - to lead Milwaukee over New Orleans.

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