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NBA: Nuggets Top Magic Despite Stellar Performance by McGrady - 2003-11-15


In the National Basketball Association, the Denver Nuggets beat the Orlando Magic, 106-101, despite 51 points by Orlando's Tracy McGrady.

Denver's Andre Miller and Earl Boykins, playing at home, each scored 27 points to offset McGrady's performance. The Orlando star hit 20 of 30 shots Friday, including eight of 11 three-pointers, but the Magic still lost their eighth straight game, against just one victory this season.

Los Angeles Clippers' coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr., won the first regular-season, father-versus-son matchup in the NBA in 27 years. The Clippers beat the host Golden State Warriors, 104-98. The Warriors' Mike Dunleavy, Junior, made just two of 10 shots and was held to four rebounds by his father's team.

The only other time a father coached against his son in the NBA was 1976, when Jan van Breda Kolff started for the New York Nets against the New Orleans Jazz, coached by Butch van Breda Kolff.

Philadelphia's star, Allen Iverson, scored 15 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter Friday to lead the 76ers to a 100-96 home win over the San Antonio Spurs. Iverson also had a dozen assists. For the Spurs, Tim Duncan had 35 points and 15 rebounds.

In Houston, Steve Francis scored 26 points and Chinese star Yao Ming added 21 while grabbing 14 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 90-80 win over the Phoenix Suns. Stephon Marbury netted 33 points in a losing cause.

The other winners Friday were the Lakers, Heat, Jazz, Nets, Celtics, Pacers and Kings.

The Los Angeles Lakers got 15 rebounds and 21 points from Shaquille O'Neal to beat the visiting Detroit Pistons, 94-89. Miami downed the Washington Wizards, 105-101, in overtime. Eddie Jones led Miami with 27 points; the Wizards' Gilbert Arenas matched that output in a losing cause. Miami has now won two straight games after starting the season with seven losses.

In Minnesota, Puerto Rico's Carlos Arroyo scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Utah Jazz to an 85-77 win over the Timberwolves. The New Jersey Nets downed the visiting New York Knicks, 85-80. The Boston Celtics got by Cleveland, 91-82, handing the Cavaliers their 27th straight road loss over two seasons. Cleveland's rookie sensation LeBron James scored just 10 points on 3-12 shooting. The Indiana Pacers drubbed Seattle, 101-78, snapping the SuperSonics' four-game winning streak. And the Sacramento Kings crushed the visiting Raptors, 94-64.