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Stoudemire, Suns Down Short-Handed Spurs

Associated Press
Thursday, March 10, 2005; Page D05

Amare Stoudemire scored 44 points and the Phoenix Suns beat San Antonio, 107-101, last night for their first win over the visiting Spurs this season.

The Spurs played without injured all-stars Tim Duncan (ankle) and Manu Ginobili (groin), so it wasn't a preview of a possible playoff meeting between teams battling for the NBA's best record.


Tony Parker knocks down Suns guard Steve Nash in a matchup of the West's top two teams. The Spurs, minus Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, lost. (Paul Connors -- AP)

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But it was satisfying to the Suns, who snapped their longest current losing streak to one team.

Since beating Phoenix in a playoff game on April 27, 2003, the Spurs had won six consecutive regular season games and two playoff contest against the Suns.

NETS 86, HORNETS 85: In New Orleans, Jason Kidd's rebound of a blocked shot and driving layup as he was fouled with 2.5 seconds left in overtime lifted New Jersey.

The Hornets had a chance to win when rookie J.R. Smith, who had been the Hornets' best player of the night, was fouled on a three-point attempt with 1.5 seconds to go. But Smith missed the first two foul shots, then tried to miss the third but ended up putting it in off the backboard, allowing the Nets to inbound the ball and run out the clock.

Vince Carter led the Nets with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Kidd finished with 15 points and nine assists in rescuing the Nets from what nearly was their fourth straight loss.

Jacque Vaughn scored 13 points and Nenad Krstic 12 for New Jersey, which nearly blew a 19-point lead to one of the worst teams in the league.

RAPTORS 106, MAGIC 96: Chris Bosh had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and six other Toronto players reached double figures in scoring to lead the Raptors to a victory over visiting Orlando.

Rookie Dwight Howard had 17 points and tied a season-high with 20 rebounds for the Magic, which has lost two straight following a three-game wining streak.

Bosh and Howard, two of the NBA's best young power forwards, did not guard each other.

Morris Peterson and Rafer Alston each had a team-high 16 points for the Raptors, who are fighting to stay in the playoff race.

Orlando's Steve Francis scored 27 points and Hedo Turkoglu added 21. Turkoglu started in place of Grant Hill, who missed his second straight game because of an injured left shin.

• PISTONS 92, WARRIORS 88: Tayshaun Prince and Antonio McDyess scored 20 points each as host Detroit snapped a three-game skid.

The Pistons lost the final three games of a six-game West Coast trip, but were able to beat Golden State to extend their season-best home winning streak to eight. The Warriors are 2-4 on their eight-game road trip.

• CELTICS 95, HAWKS 91: Antoine Walker stole the ball from Al Harrington with 35 seconds left and fed Ricky Davis for the clinching basket as host Boston withstood an unusually feisty Atlanta team.

The Hawks, who have the worst record in the NBA and just two road wins in 32 tries, led for the first 42 minutes and didn't trail until Paul Pierce hit a fallaway jumper with 3:53 left. Pierce finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, making 10 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter to ice the game.

• BULLS 97, TRAIL BLAZERS 84: Eddy Curry had 25 points and Kirk Hinrich had 22 as visiting Chicago reached its highest win total in seven years. The Bulls (31-27) surpassed the 30-win mark for the first time since their last championship season of 1997-98.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who are 0-4 under interim coach Kevin Pritchard.


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