Rider returns to Atlanta lineup

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Isaiah Rider scored 32 points in his return to the Atlanta lineup, leading the Hawks to a 113-106 victory over the Miami Heat in Atlanta on Tuesday night.

Isaiah Rider scored 32 points in his return to the Atlanta lineup, leading the Hawks to a 113-106 victory over the Miami Heat in Atlanta on Tuesday night.

Atlanta became the first team since the 1996-97 season to score more than 110 points against the Heat.

Rider, who has been fined several times by the Hawks and served a one-game suspension a week earlier for failing to show up at practice, started for the fourth time this season after serving in a sixth-man role the last two games.

Jason Terry added 21 points for Atlanta, scoring 10 in the fourth quarter when the Heat tried to clamp down on Rider.

Alonzo Mourning led the Heat with 26 points, his sixth straight game with at least 20 points.

Cavaliers 103, Trail Blazers 100

In Cleveland, Shawn Kemp made four jumpers and set up Lamond Murray's crucial 3-pointer in the final 4:41 as the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped Portland's six-game winning streak.

Kemp had 28 points and 10 rebounds as Cleveland became the first team to score 100 points against Portland this season.

The Cavaliers ended a three-game losing skid. Portland, playing its fifth straight road game, lost for just the second time in 12 games and made just 5-of-21 on 3-point attempts.

Murray scored 20 points in his first start of the year. Detlef Schrempf led the Blazers with 22 points.

Rockets 119, Mavericks 99

In Houston, Charles Barkley scored 26 points and the Houston Rockets finally won a home game, beating the short-handed Dallas Mavericks.

Houston had been the NBA's only winless home team at 0-6, but Barkley's inspired performance was enough to beat the Mavericks.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points and Michael Finley 29 to lead Dallas, reduced to an eight-man lineup by injuries and illness.

Wizards 89, Grizzlies 87

In Washington, Mitch Richmond scored 19 points and Isaac Austin added 16, including three free throws down the stretch, as the Wizards defeated the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Austin sank one of two free throws with 2:01 left to put the Wizards ahead for good at 86-85, and added two free throws with 6.6 seconds left to clinch the victory.

Vancouver, which led by as many as 12 points in the third quarter, scored just one basket over the final three minutes and lost its 26th straight road game dating back to 6 February, 1999.

Bryant Reeves led Vancouver with 25 points, but missed five of six shots in the fourth quarter.

Suns 94, Raptors 93

In Phoenix, Jason Kidd had 15 assists and 16 points, including two free throws with 1.3 seconds left that gave the Phoenix Suns a comeback victory over the Toronto Raptors.

With Toronto leading by a point, Doug Christie missed two free throws with 5.1 seconds left. Cliff Robinson grabbed the rebound off the second miss and Phoenix called time with 4.8 seconds remaining to set up the final play.

Kidd was fouled by Antonio Davis while taking a hook shot in the lane, and made both free throws for the winning margin.

Vince Carter scored 19 points for Toronto, including a basket that put the Raptors up 93-86 with 1:22 left. Penny Hardaway scored 17 points and Tom Gugliotta 16 for the Suns.

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