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McHale wins homecoming

Posted: Monday, March 07, 2005

 

  Minnesota Timberwolves coach Kevin McHale, a Boston Celtics Hall of Famer, center, celebrates a 99-97 victory over the Celtics with his players, including Wally Szczerbiak, left, Sunday, March 6, 2005, in Boston. AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Kevin McHale, a Boston Celtics Hall of Famer, center, celebrates a 99-97 victory over the Celtics with his players, including Wally Szczerbiak, left, Sunday, March 6, 2005, in Boston.

AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki

BOSTON — Latrell Sprewell made a runner with 0.9 seconds remaining to give Kevin McHale a victory in his first game on the sidelines in Boston.

McHale, who took over as Timberwolves coach for the fired Flip Saunders, played his entire 13-year, Hall of Fame career in green and white. He helped lead the Celtics to three NBA championships before taking over as Minnesota's vice president of basketball operations in 1995.

Kevin Garnett had 21 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the Wolves.

Kings 100, Pistons 85

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Mike Bibby had 19 points and 11 assists, Kenny Thomas added 19 points, and Sacramento beat the Detroit Pistons 100-85 Sunday in the Kings' first home game since Chris Webber's departure.

Rockets 90, Mavericks 69

HOUSTON — Tracy McGrady had 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets past the injury-depleted Mavericks.

The Mavericks, who were playing without the injured Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley for just the second time this season, set a season-low for total points.

Knicks 115, Warriors 99

NEW YORK — Stephon Marbury had 26 points and a season-high 16 assists, and the Knicks used a 21-1 run in the fourth quarter to defeat the Warriors.

Tim Thomas scored 25 points, Michael Sweetney opened 9-for-9 and finished with 19 points, and Maurice Taylor shot 7-for-8 and scored 15. The Knicks shot a season-high 61.8 percent.

Jason Richardson scored 24 points and Troy Murphy added 23 for the Warriors, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.

Heat 102, Cavaliers 82

CLEVELAND — Shaquille O'Neal spent much of his 33rd birthday in foul trouble but Eddie Jones scored 19 points, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem added 18 apiece and the Heat won their fifth straight.

O'Neal played just 19 minutes in the first three quarters, but the Heat actually played better without their All-Star center. While O'Neal sat out with four fouls, Miami outscored Cleveland 18-8 over the final 6:23 of the third to take control.

O'Neal finished with 13 points, five rebounds and six assists in his third game back after missing four games with a sprained left knee.

Spurs 101, Jazz 94

SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan missed most of the second half after spraining his right ankle, but Manu Ginobili led the Spurs in his absence with 31 points to help San Antonio beat the Utah Jazz 101-94 Sunday night.

Duncan was helped from the floor 3:48 into the second half. He was defending a drive by Andrei Kirilenko when he jumped and appeared to come down on the leg of teammate Rasho Nesterovic.

Duncan did not return to the game. He scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds in 23 minutes.

Raptors 95, Hornets 84

NEW ORLEANS — Chris Bosh scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, helping the Raptors end a two-game skid.

Reserve Matt Bonner added a career-high 18 points and Jalen Rose scored 14 for the Raptors.

Suns 110, Supersonics 99

SEATTLE — Joe Johnson matched a season-high with 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting and Amare Stoudemire added 22 points, leading the Phoenix Suns to a 110-99 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday night.

Shawn Marion had 18 points and 10 rebounds while Steve Nash added 12 points and 10 assists, and the NBA's top scoring offense helped the Suns improve their road record to a league-best 24-7.

Ray Allen led the Sonics with 27 points.

Lakers 103, Pacers 94

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored 37 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading the Lakers to a 103-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night.

Bryant made all of his 13 foul shots to help spoil Reggie Miller's final NBA game in Los Angeles. Miller finished with 11 points in 38 minutes on 5-of-16 shooting.

Stephen Jackson had 29 points for the Pacers, who have lost their last nine road games against the Lakers — three of them coming in the 2000 finals.



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