Hornets dominate in 102-76 victory; Duncan, Robinson manhandle Timberwolves

Beating the Heat no problem for Hornets, Mashburn

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2001

MIAMI -- Jamal Mashburn scored 22 points and again tormented his former team as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Miami Heat 102-76 Monday night for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five playoff series.

The Hornets duplicated their dominating performance of Game 1 -- a 106-80 victory -- for the two-game lead. Game 3 is Friday in Charlotte, where Miami is 0-2 this season.

The Hornets used a 24-5 run after halftime to make the score 78-57. Charlotte held Miami to seven points in the third quarter -- a franchise playoff record for both teams.

David Wesley added 18 points and Baron Davis 17 for the Hornets, who need one more victory to reach the second round of the playoffs for only the third time since the franchise was founded in 1988.

Eddie Jones scored 21 points for Miami, which has endured its two most lopsided losses of the season.

Alonzo Mourning played with a sore lower back. He had nine points and four rebounds in 26 minutes.

First Round

(Best-of-5)

Monday's games

Charlotte 102, Miami 76, Charlotte leads series 2-0

San Antonio 86, Minnesota 69, San Antonio leads series 2-0

Tuesday's games

Indiana at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.

Dallas at Utah, 6:30 p.m.

All Times ADT

Spurs 86, Timberwolves 69

SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan had 18 points and 11 rebounds and David Robinson added 16 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks as San Antonio took a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

The best-of-five series shifts to Minneapolis. Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday.

Terry Porter added 13 points and Derek Anderson had 12 for the Spurs, who scored 17 fast-break points to none for the Timberwolves.

Kevin Garnett scored a team-high 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting and reserve LaPhonso Ellis added 15 as Minnesota fell behind by 28 points in the third quarter and never threatened the rest of the way.

The Timberwolves shot 33.8 percent, one-tenth of a percent off their all-time low during the playoffs. They also committed 20 turnovers.



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