Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 30 points and Mike Bibby added 28, leading the Vancouver Grizzlies to their first victory over the Utah Jazz, 116-99, last night in Salt Lake City.
The Grizzlies entered the game 0-17 against Utah, making the Jazz the only Midwest Division foe they had never beaten in the franchise's five-year history.
But Vancouver caught the Jazz at the right time, two nights after Utah beat the Los Angeles Lakers in double overtime and one night before a two-game road trip to Portland and Minnesota.
Utah's 16-5 home record made the win all the more impressive. It was the most points the Jazz had allowed at home since Phoenix scored 122 in April 1997, but Utah won that game.
"This is the first night we really got it going on the same night," Abdur-Rahim said. "With a team like the Jazz, we knew we had to get it going early and keep it going all night long."
BUCKS 112, KINGS 104: Ray Allen had 22 points and Sam Cassell added 20 points and 13 assists as Milwaukee outgunned visiting Sacramento in a matchup of two of the NBA's top three offensive teams.
Chris Webber was ejected in the third quarter for cursing referee Bill Spooner after a series of calls went against the Kings. His outburst came near the end of a 24-7 Bucks run spanning the second and third quarters that put away the game.
Vlade Divac and Coach Rick Adelman also received technical fouls when Webber became enraged. Jason Williams picked up his own technical in the fourth quarter.
In an exciting, run-and-gun game with little defense played on either end, the two teams appeared well-matched before Webber was tossed. Without Webber's defensive presence, the Bucks drove the lane at will and stretched their lead to 21 points in the fourth quarter.
SUNS 93, 76ERS 87: Penny Hardaway, in his third game back from the injured list, had a season-high 27 points and Clifford Robinson scored six of his 19 points in the final two minutes in Philadelphia.
Tom Gugliotta had 17 points and Jason Kidd added 13 rebounds and eight assists for the Suns, who bounced back from a loss at Indiana one night earlier and won for the fourth time in five games.
Allen Iverson missed his final nine shots and finished with 18 points, Theo Ratliff had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Larry Hughes had 13 points and a season-high 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who shot a dismal 19 for 35 from the foul line.
"We lost it at the free throw line, they're gimme points," said Iverson, who was 4 for 8 from the stripe. "There's nobody around. It was just a tough night at the foul line and an awful night for me."
SUPERSONICS 95, NETS 92: Chuck Person inbounded the ball, got it back and made a three-pointer--all in the final 1.7 seconds--to give Seattle the home victory. Person got the return pass from Emanual Davis and hit the game-winner on his only shot of the game.
MAGIC 111, CELTICS 89: Tariq Abdul-Wahad scored 19 points to lead four starters in double figures and Orlando shot 60 percent to defeat visiting Boston for its third consecutive victory. Boston played without Paul Pierce, its second leading scorer, who missed the game with a sore hamstring.