Duncan beats Cavs at buzzer


Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 1:11 a.m.
CLEVELAND - Tim Duncan made a 19-foot jumper just before the final horn sounded, giving the San Antonio Spurs a 94-92 victory Monday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who dropped their third straight.
Duncan missed his first seven shots and didn't score in the game's first 19 minutes. But with the game on the line, he took a pass from Tony Parker, gathered himself and calmly knocked down his shot without a hand in his face.
After going 0-for-7, Duncan went 9-for-10 from the floor and added 11 rebounds. Parker added 19 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists - none bigger than his short pass to Duncan after drawing Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas on a pick-and-roll.
Ilgauskas had 26 points and LeBron James finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who have lost four of five and are entering a tough stretch of upcoming games.
San Antonio's Manu Ginobli, who finished with 17 points, could have put the Spurs up by four points, but missed a pair of free throws with 19.2 seconds to go.
KNICKS 117, LAKERS 115, OT: Tim Thomas scored a season-high 35 points, and New York recovered after blowing a 10-point lead in the final 46 seconds of regulation to defeat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers in overtime.
The victory was the third straight for the Knicks, matching their longest winning streak of the season. New York remained in last place in the Atlantic Division but pulled within five games of the first-place Boston Celtics.
MAVERICKS 90, HORNETS 86: Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, including a key jumper and two free throws in the final minute, and Dallas hung on to beat visiting New Orleans .
Marquis Daniels added 13 points for the Mavericks, who've won seven of eight.
JAZZ 87, CLIPPERS 86: Mehmet Okur converted a three-point play with 21.7 seconds remaining and Utah held on to beat visiting Los Angeles when Bobby Simmons missed a layup at the buzzer.
The Jazz won back-to-back games for the first time in a month and a half, but barely.

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