Crawford lifts Warriors over Wizards, 119-98

Jamal Crawford's first game with Golden State was a humiliating loss at Washington eight weeks ago.

But the cloud over the Warriors finally seems to be lifting with ample help from Crawford. He had 28 points and eight assists, and Stephen Jackson added 26 points in the Warriors' third win in four home games, a 119-98 victory over the Wizards yesterday.


Corey Maggette scored 16 points for the Warriors (13-29), who had won three of four just once previously in their disappointing season. Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Andray Blatche scored 22 points apiece for the Wizards (8-32), who lost for the seventh time in eight games.

"Every time we tried to make a run, they responded," Wizards coach Ed Tapscott said. "We did not have enough discipline to take advantage of prosperous moments. You have to pass and share the ball to have an offensive flow. We did too much dribbling and standing around."


Said the Wizards' Mike James: "We've beaten some quality teams this year, but we've also lost to some teams that are under .500. Every win is a relief, and every loss is like taking two steps backward. We just want to try and continue to savor this season as much as possible."

Celtics 104, Suns 87: : Rajon Rondo scored 23 points over the first three quarters, and Ray Allen scored 20 before sitting out the fourth with the rest of the Boston starters.

The host Celtics (34-9) have won five straight since they ended a 2-7 slump.

Shaquille O'Neal had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix (23-16), which had won seven of its past 10.

Spurs 86, Bobcats 84: : Tim Duncan blocked Raymond Felton's tying shot attempt to help preserve the win for visiting San Antonio.

Duncan's rejection squirted to Boris Diaw, but he missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer for the Bobcats (16-25), who had won three straight.

Tony Parker added 13 points and 10 assists for the Spurs (27-13), who rallied from a nine-point third-quarter deficit for their second straight win.

Mavericks 95, 76ers 93: : Dirk Nowitzki hit a turnaround 20-foot jumper at the buzzer as Dallas (24-17) ended host Philadelphia's season-high seven-game winning streak.


The 76ers (20-21) were trying to climb above .500 for the first time since Nov. 23, when they were 7-6.

Hawks 87, Raptors 84: : Joe Johnson scored 28 points, including a key jumper with 12.5 seconds left, and Mike Bibby added 23 as host Atlanta (24-16) rallied to win despite missing two injured starters.

Toronto (16-27) lost its sixth in a row.

Rockets 115, Nuggets 113: : Yao Ming scored 31 points and Rafer Alston added 18 points and 11 assists for host Houston.

Von Wafer had 18 and Luis Scola 16 for the Rockets (26-16), who have won five of their past six games.

J.R. Smith scored 24 points, Nene added 23 and Kenyon Martin had 22 for the Nuggets (27-15), but Martin missed two free-throw attempts with 2.6 seconds left that would have tied the game.


Knicks 102, Bulls 98: : Chris Duhon scored with 31.2 seconds left to lift host New York (16-24) and beat his old team.

Luol Deng and rookie Derrick Rose each scored 20 for Chicago (18-24).

Pistons 87, Grizzlies 79: : Allen Iverson scored 27 points to help Detroit (23-17) end its losing streak at five games, its longest in five seasons.

Host Memphis (11-29) lost its sixth straight and for the 14th time in 16 games.

Timberwolves 94, Clippers 86: : Al Jefferson scored 20 points and tied a season high with 17 rebounds for visiting Minnesota.

The Timberwolves (13-26) have won seven of their past eight games after losing 15 of 17. They have won a season-high four straight on the road for the first time since December 2005.


Rookie Eric Gordon led Los Angeles (9-31) with 25 points and Steve Novak had a career-high 18. The loss was the 13th in 14 games for the Clippers.

Hornets 103, Pacers 100: : Host New Orleans' Chris Paul capped a 27-point performance with an off-balance three-pointer as time expired.

Peja Stojakovic hit five three-pointers and finished with a season-high 26 points for the Hornets (25-13), who started the game without David West (back) and lost center Tyson Chandler (left ankle) late in the second quarter.

Danny Granger scored 30 points, including a tying three with 2.5 seconds left, for Indiana (15-26).

Trail Blazers 102, Bucks 85: : Greg Oden had a career-high 24 points and added 15 rebounds for host Portland (25-16), his team-high 12th double double of the season.

Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva had 23 points each for Milwaukee (20-24), which has lost two straight.