Bobcats deny Karl his 1,000th victory

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Everything pointed to a storybook night for George Karl.

Sitting at 999 NBA wins, he was back in North Carolina where he played in college, and was coaching against buddy Larry Brown.

Karl even joked before the game of missing the postgame flight to Boston and drinking wine with Brown to celebrate becoming the seventh coach to win 1,000 games.

Instead, Karl was slumped in a chair at the end of the night — wearing a Tar Heel sweatshirt, debating a late decision and lamenting the end of Denver's seven-game winning streak.

Stephen Jackson scored 23, Gerald Wallace added 20 and the Bobcats rode their big guns in building a comfortable lead before sweating out a 100-98 victory Tuesday night.

"We only come here one time a year and of course going against Larry is always a challenge," Karl said of Brown, a 1,000-win club member. "It would have been something I'd have remembered if I won my 1,000th here. But hopefully we'll get it on this trip."

The Nuggets nearly rallied from eight points down with 1:30 left. After Jackson missed the rim on a 3-pointer, the Nuggets had a chance to tie, but Chauncey Billups' fadeaway bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Karl said he was "kicking himself" over not calling a timeout after Billups grabbed Jackson's miss.

"It was a tough number. We rebounded at 7 (seconds) or something like that," Karl said. "The initial bust out I thought was good. At the end, we didn't have enough guys flooding the rebound, flooding the lane and trying to make something happen."

Billups scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Nuggets, who nearly overcame a miserable start and 43 percent shooting to force overtime.

"I had (D.J.) Augustin on me, who I knew couldn't really affect my shot," Billups said. "I got a good look, just didn't knock it down."

Jackson scored nine in the fourth quarter, including consecutive 3-pointers to put Charlotte ahead 95-88 with 3:23 left. Boris Diaw's bucket with 1:35 left made it 99-91.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Thaddeus Young scored a season-high 26 as the host 76ers beat Cleveland 117-97 for their fourth win in five games after a 3-13 start. Lou Williams scored 13 of his 19 in the fourth quarter for the 76ers, who had seven players in double figures in their highest point total this season. … Josh Smith scored a season-high 34 on 14-of-16 shooting for the host Hawks, who defeated the Nets 116-101 for their seventh win in eight games. Jamal Crawford also had a season high for Atlanta with 26 points. New Jersey has lost eight consecutive road games. … Third-string center Ian Mahinmi had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds and fourth-stringer Alexis Ajinca pitched in to help the host Mavericks beat the Warriors 105-100 for their 10th straight victory. Ajinca, who had played three minutes all season, grabbed a career-high six rebounds and blocked two shots in nine minutes. …Tracy McGrady hit a 3-pointer with about eight minutes left to get the Pistons within one in his return to Houston, but the Rockets scored the next seven to take an 85-77 lead and went on to beat Detroit 97-83. McGrady, who spent 5½ seasons with the Rockets, had 11 points.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Timberwolves swingman Martell Webster, who had back surgery Oct. 25 and has not played after being acquired from Portland in a draft-night trade, was cleared to play. … Mavericks center Tyson Chandler (stomach virus) sat out against Golden State. … ESPN.com reported that the league rescinded a flagrant foul on Lakers guard Shannon Brown called in Friday's game against the Kings. The foul would have drawn a minimum fine of $1,000 had it stood. … Andray Blatche, Washington's second-leading scorer at 17.1 points a game, sat out late Tuesday's game at the Lakers with a bruised hip.

Bobcats 100, Nuggets 98

DENVER (98): Anthony 8-21 6-10 22, Williams 1-2 0-0 2, Nene 4-6 4-5 12, Billups 5-13 11-12 25, Afflalo 3-8 2-3 9, Smith 5-9 0-0 14, Harrington 2-8 2-2 7, Forbes 1-2 0-0 3, Lawson 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 31-73 25-32 98.

CHARLOTTE (100): Wallace 7-17 5-11 20, Diaw 5-9 0-0 10, Mohammed 1-2 0-0 2, Augustin 7-11 1-1 18, Jackson 8-22 2-2 23, K.Brown 0-0 1-2 1, McGuire 1-4 0-0 2, Thomas 6-8 4-4 16, Livingston 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 39-78 13-20 100.

Denver 16 31 29 22— 98

Charlotte 21 31 24 24— 100

3-Point GoalsDenver 11-27 (Smith 4-6, Billups 4-8, Forbes 1-1, Harrington 1-4, Afflalo 1-5, Anthony 0-1, Lawson 0-2), Charlotte 9-20 (Jackson 5-11, Augustin 3-6, Wallace 1-2, Diaw 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 45 (Anthony, Nene 7), Charlotte 50 (Jackson, Wallace 9). AssistsDenver 17 (Billups, Lawson 5), Charlotte 22 (Jackson 7). Total FoulsDenver 20, Charlotte 23. TechnicalsBillups, K.Brown, Thomas. A15,737 (19,077).

76ers 117, Cavaliers 97

CLEVELAND (97): Graham 4-5 0-0 8, Hickson 6-12 6-8 18, Varejao 2-6 0-0 4, M.Williams 7-16 0-0 15, Parker 2-5 1-2 5, Jamison 4-10 0-0 10, Gibson 6-10 0-0 16, Sessions 4-5 3-4 11, J.Williams 1-5 0-0 2, Hollins 1-2 0-0 2, Powe 2-2 2-3 6, Moon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-78 12-17 97.

PHILADELPHIA (117): Iguodala 3-12 7-8 13, Brand 6-10 0-2 12, Hawes 4-6 1-2 10, Holiday 5-14 6-6 16, Meeks 6-13 0-0 16, Young 11-12 3-3 26, L.Williams 5-10 8-9 19, Nocioni 1-1 0-0 3, Turner 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 42-81 25-30 117.

Cleveland 26 28 20 23— 97

Philadelphia 35 31 23 28— 117

3-Point GoalsCleveland 7-17 (Gibson 4-6, Jamison 2-3, M.Williams 1-6, J.Williams 0-1, Parker 0-1), Philadelphia 8-23 (Meeks 4-9, Nocioni 1-1, Young 1-1, Hawes 1-1, L.Williams 1-3, Iguodala 0-4, Holiday 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 36 (Varejao 8), Philadelphia 52 (Hawes 12). AssistsCleveland 22 (M.Williams 7), Philadelphia 22 (Iguodala, Holiday 7). Total FoulsCleveland 22, Philadelphia 14. A10,662 (20,318).

Hawks 116, Nets 101

NEW JERSEY (101): Outlaw 1-4 0-0 3, Humphries 3-7 2-2 8, Lopez 8-16 8-11 24, Harris 2-8 13-16 18, Morrow 4-9 0-0 10, Favors 1-2 2-4 4, James 5-9 0-0 10, Farmar 5-10 3-4 16, Petro 2-3 0-0 4, Ross 2-2 0-0 4, Uzoh 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-71 28-37 101.

ATLANTA (116): Jos.Smith 14-16 4-7 34, Horford 10-18 4-5 24, Collins 1-1 1-2 3, Bibby 4-6 1-2 11, M.Williams 2-6 3-4 7, Pachulia 1-3 0-2 2, Ja.Crawford 11-17 2-3 26, Evans 0-3 0-0 0, Powell 1-2 0-2 2, Wilkins 2-4 0-0 4, Teague 0-1 0-0 0, Thomas 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 47-78 16-28 116.

New Jersey 26 21 24 30— 101

Atlanta 27 33 23 33— 116

3-Point GoalsNew Jersey 7-16 (Farmar 3-7, Morrow 2-5, Harris 1-1, Outlaw 1-2, James 0-1), Atlanta 6-16 (Jos.Smith 2-2, Bibby 2-4, Ja.Crawford 2-4, Teague 0-1, Evans 0-1, M.Williams 0-2, Wilkins 0-2). Fouled OutCollins. ReboundsNew Jersey 44 (Humphries 7), Atlanta 46 (Horford 10). AssistsNew Jersey 25 (Harris 13), Atlanta 34 (Jos.Smith 7). Total FoulsNew Jersey 24, Atlanta 25. TechnicalsNew Jersey defensive three second. A14,273 (18,729).

Mavericks 105, Warriors 100

GOLDEN STATE (100): D.Wright 7-16 0-0 17, Lee 9-22 2-6 20, Biedrins 4-5 0-0 8, Curry 8-16 2-2 21, Ellis 7-17 2-5 18, Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Amundson 2-4 0-0 4, Gadzuric 3-4 0-0 6, Radmanovic 2-4 0-0 6. Totals 42-90 6-13 100.

DALLAS (105): Butler 8-18 1-2 19, Nowitzki 10-18 3-4 25, Haywood 2-3 0-1 4, Kidd 1-7 0-0 3, Stevenson 3-6 0-0 7, Marion 2-8 2-2 6, Terry 8-12 3-3 20, Mahinmi 2-5 8-10 12, Barea 2-6 2-3 6, Ajinca 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 39-87 20-27 105.

Golden State 26 22 24 28— 100

Dallas 27 23 21 34— 105

3-Point GoalsGolden State 10-20 (Curry 3-5, D.Wright 3-7, Ellis 2-3, Radmanovic 2-4, Williams 0-1), Dallas 7-20 (Nowitzki 2-3, Butler 2-5, Terry 1-2, Stevenson 1-2, Kidd 1-5, Marion 0-1, Barea 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 54 (Biedrins, D.Wright 11), Dallas 56 (Mahinmi 10). AssistsGolden State 24 (Ellis, Lee 7), Dallas 22 (Kidd 7). Total FoulsGolden State 20, Dallas 10. TechnicalsGolden State defensive three second. A19,593 (19,200).

Rockets 97, Pistons 83

DETROIT (83): Prince 5-12 0-0 10, Maxiell 2-4 0-0 4, Wallace 2-4 0-2 4, Stuckey 6-14 5-5 18, Hamilton 3-9 0-0 6, McGrady 3-6 4-4 11, Monroe 1-1 5-6 7, Gordon 3-11 1-2 9, Wilcox 1-3 0-0 2, Daye 4-6 2-2 12, Bynum 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-72 17-21 83.

HOUSTON (97): Battier 3-4 0-1 7, Scola 16-25 3-4 35, Hayes 1-4 1-1 3, Lowry 7-13 4-5 22, Martin 3-8 14-15 21, Miller 0-6 0-0 0, Lee 0-4 0-0 0, Budinger 2-6 1-3 6, Hill 1-1 0-0 2, Taylor 0-1 1-2 1, Jeffries 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-72 24-31 97.

Detroit 24 21 21 17— 83

Houston 29 25 21 22— 97

3-Point GoalsDetroit 6-17 (Daye 2-2, Gordon 2-6, McGrady 1-1, Stuckey 1-4, Bynum 0-1, Prince 0-1, Hamilton 0-2), Houston 7-14 (Lowry 4-6, Battier 1-1, Martin 1-2, Budinger 1-2, Lee 0-1, Taylor 0-1, Miller 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 44 (Wallace, Prince 8), Houston 48 (Scola 12). AssistsDetroit 14 (Stuckey 5), Houston 20 (Lowry 12). Total FoulsDetroit 21, Houston 16. TechnicalsHamilton 2, Detroit Coach Kuester, Detroit defensive three second, Miller, Houston defensive three second. Ejected—Hamilton. A14,798 (18,043).

Bobcats deny Karl his 1,000th victory 12/07/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 11:28pm]

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