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Streaking Spurs Ferry Their Way Past Celtics

Pro Basketball | NBA ROUNDUP

March 17, 2002|From Associated Press

The Boston Celtics didn't expect Danny Ferry would be the one to end their seven-game winning streak.

Ferry scored a season-high 18 points, including two three-point baskets in the final three minutes, leading the Spurs past the Celtics, 111-104, Saturday at San Antonio. "It was anybody's game, and then Danny Ferry stepped up and made those three-pointers," Boston's Antoine Walker said. "This was one we let slip through our fingers."

Tim Duncan led all scorers with 37 points, and the Spurs extended their winning streak to nine games. Walker and Paul Pierce each had 31 for the Celtics.

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Detroit 102, Milwaukee 94--Jerry Stackhouse had 25 points at Milwaukee, and the Pistons took over first place in the Central Division.

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Chicago 114, Houston 112--Jalen Rose capped a career-high 44-point performance with a 15-foot jump shot at the buzzer, lifting the Bulls in two overtimes at Houston and ending Chicago's eight-game skid.

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Miami 101, Denver 76--Alonzo Mourning scored 24 points--20 in the first half--at Miami and the Heat won for the seventh time in nine games.

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New York 105, Cleveland 95--Allan Houston scored 28 points at New York, and the Knicks won consecutive games under Coach Don Chaney for only the second time.

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Charlotte 87, Phoenix 76--Jamal Mashburn scored 23 points at Charlotte, N.C., and the Hornets negated a 31-point effort by Shawn Marion, pulling away in the final five minutes.

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Portland 95, Washington 80--Shawn Kemp, making his first start this season, had season highs of 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Trail Blazers at Portland, Ore.

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Dallas 117, Golden State 100--Raef LaFrentz had six three-pointers among his 30 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 of his 30 points in the third quarter at Oakland, and the Mavericks beat the Warriors for the 12th consecutive time.

Denver guard Tim Hardaway was suspended for two games without pay and fined $10,000 by the league for his TV-tossing tirade and verbal abuse of officials Friday after his ejection at Orlando. Hardaway was ejected with 7:20 left in the third quarter after picking up his second technical foul.

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