MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Latrell Sprewell's defense helped the Minnesota Timberwolves hold Toronto to a franchise- low for points in a 73-56 victory Saturday night.
Michael Olowokandi had 14 points and Sam Cassell added 13 for Minnesota, which scored a franchise-low 61 points the previous night at New Jersey. Toronto's 56 points was the lowest total ever against the Wolves.
Richard Jefferson added 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Nets, who never trailed. Brian Scalabrine, starting for injured forward Kenyon Martin, had 12 points, including the first three in a 9-2 run that opened the fourth quarter and restored New Jersey's double-digit lead.
Ben Wallace had 13 points and 17 rebounds for his second double-double of the season, leading the Pistons to a 50-33 rebounding advantage.
Ron Artest led the Pacers with 22 points, and Al Harrington scored 20 points as Indiana's reserves outscored their Atlanta counterparts 38-8. That didn't even include Fred Jones, who scored 15 points as a fill-in starter for Reggie Miller (sore back).
With Tony Parker (sore left ankle) and Anthony Carter (left patella tendinitis) sidelined, the Spurs gave the start to Hart signed Friday after being cut by Seattle. He had two points and two assists in 31 minutes.
Davis was 6-for-7 from 3-point range, his last coming with 4:26 left and giving the Hornets a 91-87 lead. The Hornets hit 12-pointers in all.
Delk scored 14 of his 22 in the third period while Walker had 10 of his 16. The Mavericks scored 41 points, two shy of the biggest third quarter in team history.
Smith scored 12 points in the third quarter as the Bucks turned a tight game into a blowout. He scored eight straight points during a 24-3 run that turned a 48-47 deficit into a 71-51 lead.
With Memphis trailing 61-60 and 7:39 left, Wright scored 11 points during a 13-2 run. Houston pulled within four, 75-71, on a basket by Yao Ming with 51 seconds left, but never got closer as the Grizzlies scored the last four points.
Voshon Lenard had 15 points, and Chris Andersen and Rodney White came off the bench to score 12 apiece for the Nuggets, who placed seven players in double figures. Marcus Camby had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Denver, 17-65 a year ago, has now beaten two of the NBA's best teams. The Nuggets defeated the defending champion San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.
Bryant missed a free throw with 10.9 seconds to go and the Lakers leading 102-99, giving the Suns a chance to tie it. But Amare Stoudemire, not known for his outside shooting, missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Zach Randolph had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Jeff McInnis came off the bench to score 15 points in the home opener for the Blazers, who got off to a slow start but eventually led by as many as 25.
Speedy Claxton, who had 17 points, and Dunleavy led Golden State to a 12-point lead in the second half.
The Warriors held on through a tense fourth quarter and Claxton made the biggest shot a 26-foot 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 2:22 left.
Golden State got its third straight home victory over Philadelphia an impressive win in the absence of starters Jason Richardson, Nick Van Exel and Troy Murphy.
Allen Iverson and Aaron McKie each scored 19 points for the 76ers.
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