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New Coach of NBA's Nets Ties Record for Starting Wins - 2004-02-22

New Coach of NBA's Nets Ties Record for Starting Wins In the National Basketball Association, New Jersey Nets' coach Lawrence Frank has matched the North American professional sports record for consecutive wins to start a career.

His Nets beat the visiting New Orleans Hornets 97-84 Saturday to give Frank his 12th straight win.

That ties Joe Morgan, who won a dozen in a row when he took over baseball's Boston Red Sox in 1988. Long before that, Jim Price won 12 straight with baseball's New York Giants in 1884.

Frank could break the record Tuesday, when the Nets host the Toronto Raptors.

As a team, the Nets have won 13 straight games - the longest in the team's 36-year history. Kenyon Martin led the way Saturday with 23 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and four blocked shots.

The Portland Trail Blazers scored the first 22 points of their game against the visiting Boston Celtics on the way to a 105-84 thrashing.

The Blazers were led by Zach Randolph's 27 points and 15 rebounds.

The Los Angeles Clippers used 31 points and four blocks by Elton Brand to squeak by the Bucks 105-103 in Milwaukee.

The Dallas Mavericks recovered from an early 16-point deficit to beat the visiting Houston Rockets 97-88 in a battle of Texas teams.

Dirk Nowitzki led the way with 25 points and a dozen rebounds.

The Golden State Warriors edged the visiting Seattle SuperSonics 94-92.

The Memphis Grizzlies downed the Bulls 105-98 in Chicago.

The Miami Heat had no trouble with the visiting Denver Nuggets in a 97-81 outcome.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.