NBA Roundup: Salisbury native Jackson leads Hornets to win

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 4, 2007

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Utah coach Jerry Sloan did not think a couple of key injuries were a reason for the Jazz to quit trying.

Without two sidelined starters of their own, the New Orleans Hornets got 21 points from Bobby Jackson and beat Utah 94-83 Saturday night as injuries started to pile up for the Jazz.

Desmond Mason added 20 points, Devin Brown scored 13 and David West had 11 for the Hornets, who have won their last five home games.

A six-point burst, capped by Jackson’s runner in the lane, gave the Hornets a

67-55 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The Jazz used a 9-2 run to get within 80-74 on Williams’ driving layup, but Rasual Butler answered with a

3-pointer for New Orleans and the lead was back at 11 after Jackson’s 3 with 1:45 left.

Jackson added six more free throws down the stretch to keep the Hornets easily in control.

Nets 112, Nuggets 102

DENVER — Vince Carter scored 40 points and Bostjan Nachbar added a career-best 22 in the New Jersey Nets’ 112-102 victory over the tired Denver Nuggets.

Jason Kidd added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Pacers 102, Raptors 84

INDIANAPOLIS — Jermaine O’Neal scored 21 points and Indiana beat Toronto for its third straight victory.

Danny Granger added 14 of his 18 points in the third quarter and Mike Dunleavy had 15 points for the Pacers (23-20), who had fallen to .500 after losing a season-high four in a row.

76ers 104, Hawks 89

ATLANTA — Andre Miller scored six straight points to spark a 10-0 fourth-quarter run after Atlanta pulled within two points, and Philadelphia never trailed.

Andre Iguodala led Philadelphia with 24 points, his fifth straight game with 20 or more points. The Sixers had five players score in double digits.

Josh Smith led Atlanta with 21 points and 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double.

Bulls 100, Heat 97

CHICAGO — Ben Gordon had 34 points and seven assists, Kirk Hinrich scored 26 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 100-97.

Blazers 135, Grizzlies 132, 2OT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Zach Randolph scored a career-high 42 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Memphis Grizzlies

135-132 in double overtime.

Mavericks 106, Kings 104

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points and 11 rebounds for his eighth straight double-double, and the Dallas Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Sacramento Kings