Mavericks bury Timberwolves

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2003

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki, playing with a stiff neck after being flagrantly fouled by Kevin Garnett, led a late rally with a 3-pointer, a dunk, a jumper and a steal to send the Dallas Mavericks past the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-109 Thursday night.

The Mavs were down 104-99 before Nowitzki took over, ending the Timberwolves' six-game winning streak.

Bucks 97, Wizards 90

MILWAUKEE -- Sam Cassell scored 31 points to help Milwaukee overcome 24 points from Michael Jordan in what was likely his last game at the Bradley Center.

Jordan's fadeaway jumper over Ray Allen pulled Washington to 89-87, but he missed his next three shots as the Bucks iced the victory with a bucket and four free throws by Cassell.

Kings 95, SuperSonics 77

SEATTLE -- Hedo Turkoglu moved into the starting lineup and scored 22 points, while the newest All-Star, Peja Stojakovic, had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Jim Jackson added 21 for the Kings, who snapped a three-game losing streak despite playing their first game without Chris Webber, who is out three weeks after spraining his left ankle in Tuesday's loss to Utah.

Jackson barely missed his season-high of 23 points.

and helped clinch the victory when he skirted under the hoop, caught a pass from Doug Christie in midair and put in a reverse layup for an 83-67 lead with 5:55 to play.

Rashard Lewis scored 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting, providing the only consistent offense for the Sonics.

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