NEW YORK Latrell Sprewell made a lot of noise in his return to Madison Square Garden, cursing at the Knicks' owner, screaming at their bench and yelling in triumph after the best comeback game by any player to have spent at least five seasons in New York.
Sprewell scored 31 points in between his yells and taunts to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the team that traded him last summer, 98-92 Tuesday night.
Sprewell saved his biggest outburst for the end, too, turning to James Dolan, the chairman of the team's corporate owner, Cablevision, and unleashing a stream of curses after his 3-pointer gave Minnesota a 94-89 lead with 1:14 left. He was warned by referee Dan Crawford to knock it off, but kept it up and directed his next rant at the Knicks' bench.
The tirade earned him a technical foul that allowed New York to pull to 95-92 with 30.4 seconds left, but Sam Cassell wrapped up the victory on a 3-pointer with 11.3 seconds remaining.
Hawks 93, Celtics 88
ATLANTA Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 25 points and the Hawks took advantage of a poor shooting night by Paul Pierce to beat Boston and end a seven-game losing streak.
Cavaliers 97, Hornets 86
CLEVELAND Rookie LeBron James scored 22 points and Eric Williams scored 13 of his 16 in the fourth quarter when the Cavaliers rallied for their third straight win.
Heat 79, Wizards 72
MIAMI Dwyane Wade scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead Miami over Washington.
Warriors 107, Lakers 98
OAKLAND, Calif. Clifford Robinson scored a season-high 24 points, and Erick Dampier had 17 points and 11 rebounds while outmuscling Shaquille O'Neal in Golden State's victory.
Nets 95, Bulls 78
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Jason Kidd had 18 points and led a trio of highlight-film fast breaks in leading New Jersey over Chicago.
Bucks 83, Pistons 78
MILWAUKEE Joe Smith had 18 points, including a three-point play with 59 seconds left, and a season-high 17 rebounds in the Bucks' win.
Pacers 79, Rockets 71
HOUSTON Jermaine O'Neal had 21 points and 14 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season for Indiana.
Spurs 111, Clippers 90
SAN ANTONIO Tim Duncan scored 22 points and Tony Parker had a career-high 14 assists to lead San Antonio to its 11th straight win.
SuperSonics 116, Suns 90
SEATTLE Ray Allen rejoined the SuperSonics after missing the first 25 games and scored 24 points and led Seattle over Phoenix.
Kings 114, Grizzlies 97
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic scored a career-high 41 points, Brad Miller had his fifth straight double-double with 20 points and 17 rebounds, and Sacramento rallied from an early 17-point deficit.
Trail Blazers 97, Mavericks 88
PORTLAND, Ore. Zach Randolph had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead Portland over Dallas.
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