Keith Van Horn scored 27 points, and the New Jersey Nets defeated Cleveland, 111-101, last night, ending a six-game losing streak against the visiting Cavaliers.

Stephon Marbury added 23, Kerry Kittles had 17 and Kendall Gill 16 as the suddenly hot Nets won for the fourth time in five games after opening the season losing 15 of 17.

"We're starting to play hard and we're starting to play as a team," Marbury said after the Nets beat the Cavaliers for only the second time in 14 games.

Gill wasn't around to see the end of the game. He was ejected late in the fourth quarter after picking up two technicals in a run-in with Cavaliers center Andrew DeClercq.

Shawn Kemp had a season-high 36 points on 15-of-23 shooting, and Wesley Person came off the bench to hit all six of his three-pointers and score a season-high 22 points, but they were the only Cavaliers to provide any spark.

JAZZ 96, CELTICS 86: Karl Malone scored 27 points, Jeff Hornacek recorded his 15,000th career point, and visiting Utah won its seventh consecutive game and 14th straight over Boston.

"We're always looking for athletes in this business, and he destroys all that," Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan said of Hornacek. "Talk about a guy who knows how to play basketball, and he's it. If you're a young guy, and you want to be a good basketball player, I'd follow him around every minute."

Boston has not beaten Utah since Dec. 20, 1991--before Larry Bird retired.

PACERS 102, BULLS 91: Austin Croshere scored a career-high 21 points to help Indiana, at home, win for the eighth time in nine games.

Croshere, who came off the bench to hit 6 of 10 shots and 8 of 10 free throws for Indiana, said he knows Coach Larry Bird thinks he takes too many long-distance shots.

"He gets on me for hanging out there [the three-point line] a little too much on the break," said the 6-10 Croshere.

76ERS 93, RAPTORS 91: Allen Iverson scored 37 points, including eight in the final four minutes, and undersized Philadelphia came back from a 17-point deficit at home.

The Raptors had a chance to tie it or win it, but Vince Carter missed a 21-foot jumper from the corner at the buzzer.

The Sixers improved to 6-2 when Iverson scores 30 or more points. He also had seven rebounds and seven assists and shot 13 for 34--two shy of his career-high for attempts.

KINGS 109, GRIZZLIES 106: Chris Webber scored 21 points, including the go-ahead basket with 23.8 seconds left, as Sacramento got the road victory.

Predrag Stojakovic added 17 and Darrick Martin had 15 as the Kings snapped a two-game losing streak.

BUCKS 116, MAGIC 99: Ray Allen scored 29 points, and Glenn Robinson had 25 to help Milwaukee to an early lead that held up in Orlando.

The Bucks scored 14 straight points after falling behind, 2-0, and held a double-digit lead the rest of the game.

SPURS 83, ROCKETS 77: Tim Duncan scored 20 points to lead San Antonio at home. David Robinson added 14 points for the Spurs, who have won three of four games.

HORNETS 103, TIMBERWOLVES 98: Eddie Jones scored seven of his 19 points in the final minute to lift Central Division-leading Charlotte at home.