Mon, Nov 08, 2004 - Page 20 News List

Bobcats surprise Magic with game of constant hustle


Gerald Wallace slid face-first off the court after a hard foul, popped back up and looked at the scoreboard. He wasn't seeing things -- the Charlotte Bobcats really were on their way to the first win in franchise history.

The expansion Bobcats wrestled for rebounds, scrambled after loose balls and outhustled the Orlando Magic en route to a 111-100 victory on Saturday.

Primoz Brezec, quickly emerging as Charlotte's star player, had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bobcats. Wallace added 18 points and 10 rebounds, Steve Smith had 14 points, and Jason Hart had 14 points and 11 assists.

"All I can say is those young men deserve it, they play hard and they never surrendered," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "But we still do some things that can cause cardiac arrest."

Cuttino Mobley led the Magic with 23 points. Grant Hill, playing in his first back-to-back games since Dec. 15-16, 2002, scored 16 for the Magic. Hedo Turkoglu also had 16.

"To this day I know who Orlando's first win was -- the Detroit Pistons," Hill said. "We don't want to be their first win. It goes down in history."

Celtics 107, Knicks 73

In New York, Paul Pierce scored 28 points, Ricky Davis added 20, and Boston shot 56 percent to win for the first time this season after opening with two losses at home.

Pierce shot 10-for-18 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line with 10 rebounds and eight assists. Gary Payton added nine points, leaving him 15 shy of becoming the 29th player in NBA history to score 20,000.

Stephon Marbury scored 12 and Jamal Crawford had 11. Reserve forward Michael Sweetney led New York with 18 points.

Heat 118, Wizards 106

In Washington, Dwyane Wade had career highs with 37 points and 12 assists to again overshadow Shaquille O'Neal, and Miami improved to 3-0 for the second time in franchise history.

Wade made 11 of 16 field goals, 14 of 16 free throws and outshone the Wizards trio of Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Larry Hughes, who combined for 77 points and rallied Washington from a 10-point third-quarter deficit to tie the game late.

O'Neal, hampered by foul trouble and a strained hamstring, scored 13 points in 27 minutes while facing a team that started 2.03m Michael Ruffin at center.

Wade has been the star of all three Heat victories, totaling 86 points and 23 assists as Miami is 3-0 for the first time since the 1995-96 season.

Arenas had 27 points, Hughes scored 26, and Jamison had 24 points and 13 rebounds.

Pistons 99, 76ers 91

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Chauncey Billups had 20 points and 10 assists, and Richard Hamilton added 17 points, leading Detroit over Philadelphia.

Rasheed Wallace scored 16 points, and Ben Wallace had 11 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who were without coach Larry Brown for a second straight game. Brown is hospitalized after having hip surgery on Wednesday.

Allen Iverson scored 31 points for the Sixers but was limited to just eight points in the second half.

Billups scored 18 first-half points.

Timberwolves 99, Hornets 92

In Minneapolis, Latrell Sprewell ended a quiet night with a flurry, scoring seven points over a two-minute span down the stretch to spark Minnesota over New Orleans.

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