Trail Blazers move ahead of Timberwolves in standings

Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS -- Damon Stoudamire scored 21 points, and Scottie Pippen added 18 -- 13 in the fourth quarter -- as the Portland Trail Blazers beat Minnesota 108-99 Saturday night, moving ahead of the Timberwolves in the Western Conference standings.

The Blazers, a league-best 18-3 since the All-Star break, trailed by 10 at the half but got back into it by taking advantage of a balanced scoring attack and cold shooting by the Timberwolves.

Mavericks 111, Grizzlies 100

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, and Michael Finley added 13 to surpass 10,000 for his career as Dallas completed a four-game season series sweep of Memphis.

Finley became the 238th NBA player to reach 10,000 points with an 18-foot jumper in the final minute of the first quarter.

Wang Zhizhi had a career-high 18 points, and Steve Nash scored 13 points for the Mavericks, who've won eight of 11 overall and 10 of 11 meetings against the Grizzlies.

Hawks 112, Bulls 96

ATLANTA -- Jason Terry scored 23 points and matched a career-high with 13 assists as Atlanta beat Chicago.

The Hawks, playing without leading scorer and rebounder Shareef Abdur-Rahim, have won six of seven.

Atlanta had seven players score in double figures, including 17 from DerMarr Johnson and 16 for Alan Henderson, who made his first start of the season with Abdur-Rahim in California for the birth of his son.

Jazz 112, Warriors 103

SALT LAKE CITY -- Donyell Marshall scored 25 points as Utah earned its 22nd victory in 23 games against Golden State.

Karl Malone added 24 points, 12 rebounds and six steals, rookie Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points, and John Stockton had 13 points and 15 assists for the Jazz.

Utah has won four of five to strengthen its hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Spurs 89, Heat 79

SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead San Antonio to its 12th straight win.

Five Spurs scored in double figures to extend the NBA's longest current winning streak. San Antonio went on a 16-6 run to end the third quarter and take command.

Jim Jackson led Miami with 17 points, and Alonzo Mourning had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Nuggets 88, SuperSonics 85

DENVER -- Juwan Howard had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and hit a jump hook with 35 seconds left as Denver ended a seven-game losing streak by beating Seattle.

Voshon Lenard added 24 points for the Nuggets.

Seattle had won three straight to move into seventh place in the Western Conference, but is just a half-game ahead of eighth-place Utah.

Suns 97, Clippers 94

LOS ANGELES -- Shawn Marion had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and Phoenix defeated the Los Angeles Clippers to snap a seven-game road losing streak.

The Suns won on the road for the first time since Feb. 21 at Memphis. They also ended a season-worst six-game losing skid.

Except for the opening basket and a third-quarter tie, Phoenix led the entire game. Stephon Marbury added 24 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who had lost nine of 11 coming in.

Quentin Richardson scored 20 points in reserve for the Clippers. Jeff McInnis added 18 points, Elton Brand had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Michael Olowokandi had 16 points.

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