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NBA ROUNDUP : Weatherspoon Leads 76ers in Ending Losing Streak

From Associated Press

Philadelphia’s nine-game losing streak ended Wednesday night when the 76ers won at Atlanta, 92-80.

“Nine games seems like forever,” said Clarence Weatherspoon, who led the 76ers with 26 points.

Philadelphia took control early and never let the Hawks seriously challenge in the second half.

Atlanta, led by Steve Smith’s 16 points, had won its previous seven games against the 76ers.

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Utah 99, Detroit 86--The Jazz struggled against the undermanned Pistons before beating them in Auburn Hill, Mich., for their 14th consecutive road victory. Detroit dressed only nine players because of injuries.

Utah’s team-record road streak is only two short of the 1971-1972 Lakers’ NBA record.

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Milwaukee 97, Chicago 93--With Michael Jordan looking on from a luxury box that he shared with baseball player Frank Thomas, the Bulls’ season-high losing streak was stretched to four games and the Bucks won in Chicago for the first time since 1988.

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Miami 121, Boston 93--After a 1-5 West Coast swing, the Heat returned home and handed the Celtics their worst loss of the season. Led by Kevin Willis’ 25 points and 18 rebounds, Miami had seven players in double figures.

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Charlotte 111, San Antonio 110--After the Hornets blew a 22-point lead on their home court, Larry Johnson scored on a layup with 14 seconds to play to give them their ninth victory in the last 10 games.

David Robinson scored 42 points for the Spurs, but his last-chance shot was blocked by Alonzo Mourning.

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Orlando 108, Dallas 97--Shaquille O’Neal scored 23 of his 42 points in the first half to help the Magic win in Dallas and secure its fifth consecutive victory and ninth in the last 10 games.

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NBA Notes

Frank Brickowski, a newcomer to the Sacramento Kings, will have surgery to repair his dislocated right shoulder and will miss the rest of the season.


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