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Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2004

 

  AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett, left, looks to pass as he drives against Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal, right, during the third quarter in Minneapolis Tuesday. Garnett scored a team-high 25 points as the Timberwolves beat the Heat 108-97. AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett, left, looks to pass as he drives against Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal, right, during the third quarter in Minneapolis Tuesday. Garnett scored a team-high 25 points as the Timberwolves beat the Heat 108-97.

AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota's Kevin Garnett had 25 points, 21 rebounds and eight assists. He also surpassed 14,000 career points as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Miami Heat 108-97 Tuesday.

Wally Szczerbiak added 21 points and Sam Cassell 19 for the Timberwolves.

Dwyane Wade, after missing the last two games with a sprained left ankle, scored 20 of his 25 points in the first half for Miami, which got 20 points and 15 rebounds from Shaquille O'Neal.

SuperSonics 103, 76ers 95

PHILADELPHIA Ray Allen scored a season-high 37 points, Rashard Lewis added 21 and Vladimir Radmanovic 20 to lead the Seattle SuperSonics to their seventh straight victory.

The Sonics are off to their best start since opening 10-0 in 1993. They haven't lost since dropping their opener to the Los Angeles Clippers by 30 points after going 2-6 in exhibition games.

Allen Iverson scored 26 points and Kyle Korver 14 for the Sixers, who had won three in a row.

Reserve Antonio Daniels had 19 points for Seattle, which got 41 points from its nonstarters.

Jazz 107, Bobcats 105

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Raja Bell made a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left and hit two clutch free throws to lead Utah.

The Jazz, off to a 6-1 start, trailed by 22 points and needed a furious comeback to get back into the game.

Bell's 3-pointer cut Charlotte's lead to 105-104, then he gave Utah its first lead on two free throws with 15.5 seconds to go. After the clock failed to start twice, Gerald Wallace missed a jumper for Charlotte. Utah got the rebound, Carlos Boozer was fouled, and made a free throw to wrap it up.

Boozer led Utah with 34 points and 13 rebounds, and Bell scored 21. Keith Bogans led Charlotte with a career-high 28 points.

Hawks 88, Rockets 84

ATLANTA Antoine Walker had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Atlanta rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final 6:11.

Yao Ming, who had 27 points and 11 rebounds, ended Houston's 0-for-10 skid from the field with a 5-footer with 18 seconds remaining, cutting Atlanta's lead to 86-84. But Jon Barry made two free throws to seal it for the Hawks.

Yao hit 13 of 15 shots, and Tracy McGrady scored 21 points, but the Rockets lost for the third time in four games.

Spurs 99, Knicks 81

SAN ANTONIO Tim Duncan had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and began a key third-quarter burst for San Antonio.

Tony Parker added 18 points and a season-high nine assists for the Spurs, 6-1 this season.

New York pulled to 54-52 with 8 minutes left in the third quarter on a tip-in by Nazr Mohammed. But Duncan made a 12-foot turnaround jumper to start a 13-4 run for the Spurs, and the lead rarely fell below 10 points thereafter.

Jamal Crawford led the Knicks with 16 and Tim Thomas had 15.

Suns 107, Mavericks 101

DALLAS Steve Nash had 17 points and a season-best 18 assists many setting up Amare Stoudamire's 34 points to lead Phoenix.

Phoenix newcomer Nash spent six seasons in Dallas, becoming one of the most popular players in town as the Mavs became one of the NBA's top teams with him pushing the offense.

Dirk Nowitzki, who went to dinner with former teammate Nash the night before, finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Jerry Stackhouse scored 21 points for Dallas, including buzzer-beaters at the end of the second and third quarters.

Kings 113, Bulls 106

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic scored 29 points, Mike Bibby added 27 and Sacramento kept Chicago winless.

Bobby Jackson scored 20 points and Chris Webber had 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for the Kings, who remained unbeaten at home with their 11th straight win over the Bulls since Michael Jordan's second retirement in 1998.

The Kings' powerful offense was in excellent form. Bibby tied his career high with six 3-pointers, and Stojakovic made back-to-back 3s in the fourth quarter to seal it.

Eric Piatkowski scored 24 points for the Bulls, who dropped to 0-5 and 0-33 on their annual November road trip to the West Coast the past six years. Chicago and New Orleans are the NBA's only remaining winless teams.

Clippers 101, Raptors 89

LOS ANGELES Marko Jaric had 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead Los Angeles over Toronto, which has lost three straight and four of five.

Corey Maggette added 22 points, Elton Brand had 19 and all five Los Angeles starters scored in double figures. Chris Wilcox had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Vince Carter scored 21 points for the Raptors but only six after the first quarter. In a shooting slump recently, he finished 9-of-23 but made only four of 18 shots after hitting his first five.

The Clippers reeled off a 23-4 run to open a 23-point lead with 4:28 remaining in the third quarter.

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