Kevin Garnett had 28 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 121-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks last night in Minneapolis.
The Mavericks had won 19 of 23 games, but were playing without point guard Steve Nash for the second straight night. Nash missed the game with a stomach virus.
Troy Hudson scored 22 points and Latrell Sprewell added 20 for the Timberwolves, who shot 55.2 percent. Minnesota set a season high for points scored in a regulation game and 3-pointers -- hitting 11 of 21.
Knicks 88, 76ers 77 -- Stephon Marbury (36 points) saw Tim Thomas out of the corner of his eye and flicked a no-look pass for a resounding dunk, a key play as host New York pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Philadelphia.
The dunk came during an 8-0 run midway through the final period as New York snapped a six-game losing streak.
Lakers 96, Rockets 93 -- Shaquille O'Neal scored 28 points and Kobe Bryant hit the go-ahead basket with 32 seconds to play as visiting Los Angeles rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Yao Ming had 33 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets. Bryant, who missed Tuesday night's loss at Atlanta, finished with 18 points.
Grizzlies 97, Trail Blazers 88 -- Bonzi Wells made his first trip to Portland since the Trail Blazers sent him packing, and brushing off the boos, scored 28 points for victorious Memphis.
Pau Gasol added 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, while Ruben Patterson led the Blazers with 19 points.
Pacers 101, Clippers 94 -- Reggie Miller hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:49 left in overtime -- doubling his point total for the game, and visiting Indiana beat Los Angeles.
Ron Artest, playing his second game since undergoing surgery on his non-shooting thumb, had 25 points and tied a season high with seven turnovers.
Spurs 88, SuperSonics 84 -- Tony Parker had 11 points and three steals in the fourth quarter to help host San Antonio hang on for a win over Seattle.
Suns 87, Nets 74 -- Amare Stoudemire had 32 points to become the first Phoenix player in nine years to score at least 20 in 10 consecutive games, and the host Suns beat Jason Kidd-less New Jersey.
Cavaliers 112, Hawks 80 -- Cleveland's high-flying rookie LeBron James scored 24 points in three quarters and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 17 as the host Cavaliers rolled over Atlanta.
Hornets 100, Bulls 97 -- Jamal Mashburn made a turnaround 3-pointer at the buzzer to give New Orleans an overtime victory over visiting Chicago.
Bucks 105, Magic 97 -- Keith Van Horn scored 25 points and Damon Jones tied the NBA's season high with 17 assists in leading visiting Milwaukee to its fourth straight victory.
Wizards 84, Raptors 70 -- Gilbert Arenas scored 27 points and host Washington won for the fourth time in five games by beating Toronto.