TORONTO Sam Cassell had 30 points and 13 assists to lead Minnesota to a 108-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, the Timberwolves' seventh win their last eight games.
Kevin Garnett had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Latrell Sprewell added 24 points for Minnesota, 19-4 in its last 23 games.
Cassell, who hopes to selected to the All-Star game for the first time in his career, scored 14 points in the final 6:10.
Hawks 97, Bulls 87
ATLANTA Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored eight points in an 11-0 run in the final 3:36 to help Atlanta move into seventh place in the Central Division, a half-game ahead of Chicago.
Abdur-Rahim finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Stephen Jackson also had 22 points for the Hawks.
Grizzlies 88, Lakers 82
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Jason Williams had 17 points and 10 assists to help the Grizzlies to their sixth straight victory.
Los Angeles, playing without the injured Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone, has lost three of its last four games.
Bucks 113, Magic 102
MILWAUKEE Michael Redd scored 32 of his career-high 40 points in the second half for the Bucks.
Redd had a three-point play with 47 seconds left, made his final 10 shots and was 12-of-15 in the second half.
76ers 92, Hornets 86
NEW ORLEANS Glenn Robinson scored 23 points and Allen Iverson had 22 to help Philadelphia snap a three-game losing streak.
Darrell Armstrong had 29 points and five steals for New Orleans.
Spurs 99, Nets 76
SAN ANTONIO Manu Ginobili scored all eight of his points in a 18-6 run at the start of the fourth quarter, helping defending champion San Antonio beat New Jersey in a rematch of the NBA Finals.
The Spurs, who built up a small cushion after trailing most of the first half, outscored New Jersey 28-12 in the fourth in the Nets' first appearance at the SBC Center since they lost the decisive sixth game of the championship series in June.
Rockets 86, Knicks 71
HOUSTON Yao Ming had a season-high 29 points and 10 rebounds to help Houston beat New York, handing Lenny Wilkens his first loss as coach of the Knicks.
Wilkens won his first three games after replacing Don Chaney on Jan. 15, and the Knicks had won four straight overall.
Nuggets 97, Suns 92
DENVER Earl Boykins and Marcus Camby combined to score Denver's last 18 points, helping the Nuggets end Phoenix's four-game winning streak.
Camby had 22 points and 18 rebounds. Andre Miller also had 22 points, Rodney White added 17, Carmelo Anthony had 14 and Boykins 13. Joe Johnson led Phoenix with 28 points.
Clippers 106, Warriors 102
LOS ANGELES Quentin Richardson scored 25 points, and rookie Matt Barnes made three key baskets down the stretch and finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers.
Corey Maggette had 22 points and eight rebounds, and Elton Brand added 16 points and 13 rebounds.
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