New Jersey forward Kenyon Martin seems determined to show he shouldn't have been passed over for the NBA All-Star Game.
Martin had a career-high 35 points, 12 rebounds and blocked a shot late in regulation that gave Jason Kidd the opportunity to hit a three-pointer with 1 minute 31 seconds left in overtime in a 109-108 win over the Seattle SuperSonics last night in East Rutherford, N.J.
"I think that he's showing he's an all-star in this league," Kidd said after the Nets improved to 22-2 at home. "He'll get his time when his name is called. Right now, I'm going to campaign for him to be on the Olympic team."
In the four games since the Eastern Conference all-star reserves were picked by the coaches, Martin has averaged 26.5 points and 15.3 rebounds.
"I told the guys I am going to go out and destroy everybody, no matter who it is," Martin said of his recent tear, which included a last-second block of Rashard Lewis's shot at the end of regulation.
* MAVERICKS 92, JAZZ 90: In Salt Lake City, Nick Van Exel hit a three-pointer with 13 seconds to play as Dallas spoiled Karl Malone's 1,400th career game.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and Steve Nash had 20 points and six assists for the Mavericks, who squandered a 16-point lead before rallying for their fourth straight win.
Malone finished with 18 points and Scott Padgett scored 13 for the Jazz, who outrebounded the Mavericks 46-31.
"What a physical game. Holy cow," Mavericks Coach Don Nelson said. "I don't think there would be any players left to play the game if they were all this rough. Just an unbelievable game."
* HORNETS 103, CELTICS 96: Jamal Mashburn scored 30 points, including a pair of tough jumpers down the stretch, as New Orleans extended visiting Boston's losing streak to four games.
In the last two minutes, Mashburn hit a long fade and a turnaround jumper from the top of the key to give New Orleans a 97-88 lead.
* HEAT 99, HAWKS 79: Eddie Jones scored 26 points, including 5-of-8 shooting from three-point range, to help end visiting Atlanta's three-game winning streak.
Reserve forward LaPhonso Ellis added 15 points and Mike James had 13 as the Heat reserves outscored Atlanta's, 39-15. Brian Grant got his 19th double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
* SUNS 115, BULLS 111: Stephon Marbury and Shawn Marion -- both headed to the All-Star Game Sunday in Atlanta -- scored 36 points apiece in the overtime victory in Phoenix.
"We stepped up big tonight and got a big win," Marion said. "It was a rough one, but we got it.
* WARRIORS 101, GRIZZLIES 91: In Oakland, Troy Murphy had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Gilbert Arenas added 21 points and nine assists to snap a three-game losing streak.