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February-25-2003,
NBA NOTEBOOK...By "Easy" Al Monte

LOOKING AHEAD TUESDAY, Feb. 25

-- Detroit at Sacramento (10 p.m. EST). The Pistons lead the NBA in scoring defense, while the Kings rank third in the league in points per game. The Pistons have lost three straight since winning nine of 10.

-- Washington at Indiana (7 p.m. EST). The Wizards will be trying to win consecutive games against the Pacers Indiana for the first time since winning the first three games of the 1996-97 season series. The Wizards have never won at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers have won the last 11 meetings at Indianapolis and 18 of the last 21 overall.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26

Utah at Minnesota (8 p.m. EST). Kevin Garnett and the Timberwolves have won four straight and 10 of 11. LOOKING BACK FRIDAY

Philadelphia beat Cleveland for the 15th straight time, 119-99.

Milwaukee scored a franchise-worst 58 points in an 88-58 loss to Seattle. The Bucks` previous low was 62, set at Chicago on Dec. 5, 1997.

Jamal Mashburn, David Wesley, Jamaal Magliore and P.J. Brown combined for 123 of New Orleans` 125 points Friday night. Mashburn led the way with 50 as the Hornets edged Memphis 125-123 in overtime. Jerome Moiso had two points to round out New Orleans` scoring. SATURDAY

Denver fell to Utah 99-89, the Nuggets` 14th straight road loss and eighth in a row overall. Denver`s Marcus Camby played a season-high 19 minutes. Camby had missed 50 games this season.

David Robinson was activated before San Antonio`s 105-96 win over Indiana. He had missed seven games with lower back spasms and a sore right knee, but was able to contribute nine points and five rebounds in 14 minutes against the Pacers. SUNDAY

Dallas beat Washington 106-101 in OT, despite 30 points from Michael Jordan. The Wizards were 6-0 when Jordan scores 30 or more and 16-0 when scoring 100 or more as a team.

Golden State routed Atlanta 115-93. The Warriors swept the season series from the Hawks for just the third time in the last 20 years.

Dallas won its sixth straight game -- 106-101 over Washington in OT.

Minnesota extended its franchise-best home winning streak to 14 with a 99-97 win over Phoenix.

Philadelphia won its sixth straight game and remains unbeaten since the All-Star break after a 116-103 win over Cleveland. It was the Cavaliers` sixth straight loss overall and 16th straight against Philadelphia -- a streak that dates to April 2, 1999. Cleveland has also 10 of its last 11. The Cavs are 2-12 since Keith Smart took over the head coaching duties after John Lucas was fired. MONDAY

Minnesota`s 117-114 victory over Milwaukee was its eighth consecutive win over the Bucks.

Denver lost its ninth straight, beaten 94-89 by Golden State.

Phoenix extended its losing streak to four games with a 90-87 loss in Chicago.

DID YOU KNOW?

New Jersey had a 10-game winning streak in the beginning of January but is just 11-11 since, including 5-6 in February.

Dallas owns the NBA`s top road record (20-8), but has lost four straight and 11 of 12 in Orlando.

Atlanta (5-23 on the road) have lost two of the first three games of their seven-game road trip.

Miami is 7-21 on the road, while San Antonio is 21-4 at home.



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