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New coach, same result

Woeful Wolves drop McHale's coaching debut

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2005

 

  New Minnesota Timberwolves coach Kevin McHale yells to his players during the first quarter against the Chicago Bulls in Minneapolis Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005. McHale replaces Flip Saunders, who was fired Saturday. AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

New Minnesota Timberwolves coach Kevin McHale yells to his players during the first quarter against the Chicago Bulls in Minneapolis Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005. McHale replaces Flip Saunders, who was fired Saturday.

AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

MINNEAPOLIS — Ben Gordon had 21 points and eight rebounds in a reserve role, and Chicago spoiled Kevin McHale's first game as Minnesota's coach by posting an 87-83 win over the Timberwolves.

Latrell Sprewell scored 26 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost eight of nine games. Kevin Garnett had 23 points and 14 rebounds.

McHale, Minnesota's vice president of basketball operations, took over the team Saturday after firing longtime friend Flip Saunders.

Cavaliers 103, Lakers 89

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 30 points to spoil Kobe Bryant's return to the Los Angeles lineup, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 103-89 victory over the Lakers on Sunday.

James added nine assists and eight rebounds for the Cavs, who avenged a Jan. 13 loss in Los Angeles when the Lakers won despite losing Bryant early in the first half because of a severely sprained right ankle.

Bryant, who until a few days ago wasn't expected to be back until after the All-Star break, had 26 points on 7-of-22 shooting in 41 minutes.

Heat 96, Spurs 92

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, including a jumper with 25.1 seconds left, and Miami beat San Antonio for the first time in more than three years.

Wade hit five of his final seven shots, and added six assists and five rebounds to help Miami extend its winning streak to six games.

Knicks 102, Bobcats 99

NEW YORK — Tim Thomas got a lucky bounce on a 3-pointer from the corner as the final buzzer sounded, lifting New York past Charlotte.

Kings 104, Celtics 100

BOSTON — Chris Webber had a triple-double by the third quarter, and Mike Bibby took over from there, scoring 14 of his 27 points in the fourth for Sacramento.

Webber had 14 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists to help the Kings snap a four-game losing streak. He reached double figures in all three categories with 90 seconds left in the third for his fourth triple-double of the season and the 21st of his career.

Nets 94, Nuggets 79

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Vince Carter scored 23 points and the Nets spoiled Kenyon Martin's return to New Jersey, holding Denver without a basket for nearly 11 minutes late in the first half and early in the second.

Pacers 76, Grizzlies 73

INDIANAPOLIS — Stephen Jackson had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Fred Jones added 15 points to help Indiana overcome an off night from Jermaine O'Neal.

Magic 97, Hornets 94

ORLANDO, Fla. — Hedo Turkoglu and Steve Francis each scored 22 points to lead Orlando to its second victory in six games.

Raptors 109, Clippers 106

TORONTO — Chris Bosh had 26 points, and Rafer Alston scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help Toronto snap a four-game losing streak.

Elton Brand had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who have lost five straight to fall to 1-5 on their nine-game trip.

Mavericks 95, SuperSonics 92

SEATTLE — Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Finley added 23 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for Dallas.

Rockets 81, Trail Blazers 80

HOUSTON — Yao Ming scored 23 points and Juwan Howard had 17, including four free throws in the last 13 seconds, in Houston's seventh straight victory.

Suns 106, Warriors 102 (OT)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Jimmy Jackson hit a go-ahead shot in the lane with less than 20 seconds left in overtime and Phoenix overcame a second-half drought to tie San Antonio for the best record in the NBA

Joe Johnson led Phoenix with 23 points.



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