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Suns' streak stopped

Minnesota grabs fourth win in row

Kevin Garnett had 23 points, 19 rebounds, and 8 assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves used a tough defense to snap the Suns' nine-game winning streak, 97-93, last night in Phoenix.

Sam Cassell scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Timberwolves win their fourth in a row and hand the Suns just their third defeat in 16 games.

Garnett had 11 offensive boards, and has 65 rebounds in the last four games.

Latrell Sprewell scored 22, including a 4-of-5 performance on 3-pointers, and Wally Szczerbiak added 14 points for Minnesota, which is 3-0 on a four-game road trip. Eddie Griffin had 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Magic 104, Knicks 98 -- Cuttino Mobley scored 34 points in his second game back from a groin injury and made two key hustle plays down the stretch to lead Orlando at Madison Square Garden. In a matchup of first-place teams, Orlando's guards were better than New York's at the key moments. Mobley had an offensive rebound and a steal off an inbounds pass during the final 45 seconds to help snap New York's six-game home winning streak.

Mobley made six 3-pointers and shot 10 for 21 overall, while Steve Francis had 26 points, 6 assists, and 7 rebounds.

Heat 105, Bulls 81 -- Reserve Christian Laettner scored 23 points -- making 10 of 13 shots -- Eddie Jones added 21, and Shaquille O'Neal 18 as Miami shot 50.6 percent at Chicago. When O'Neal went to the bench with his fourth foul at the 3:29 mark of the third quarter, the Heat had a 72-64 lead. Instead of struggling, they went on a 14-4 run -- including 10 straight -- to pull away.

Grizzlies 94, 76ers 86 -- Pau Gasol had 34 points and 15 rebounds to lead Memphis over visiting Philadelphia in the Grizzlies' first game under new coach Mike Fratello. Gasol hit 12 of 19 shots from the field.

Wizards 114, Hawks 90 -- Larry Hughes scored 19 points and Juan Dixon added 17 to lead visiting Washington, moving the Wizards four games over .500 for the first time in almost three years. The Hawks' eighth straight loss left them with their worst record (2-13) after 15 games since moving to Atlanta in 1968.

Lakers 97, Warriors 88 -- Kobe Bryant had 10 points, 10 assists, and a season-high 12 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season as host Los Angeles beat Golden State. Caron Butler had a season-high 27 points and Chris Mihm had 15 points and 10 rebounds, helping hand the Warriors their fourth straight loss. The Lakers have won 19 of their last 21 home games against Golden State dating back to 1993-94.

Kings 113, Pacers 87 -- Chris Webber made his first eight shots and scored 29 points to lead host Sacramento to its 10th victory in 11 games. Brad Miller had 17 points and 13 rebounds against his former Indiana teammates as the Kings' big men dominated the Pacers' depleted frontcourt. Sacramento outrebounded Indiana, 57-28, even holding the Pacers without a rebound for the first 7 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter.

Spurs 80, Pistons 77 -- Ben Wallace's return from a six-game suspension couldn't help visiting Detroit as Tony Parker scored 20 points and Brent Barry hit two critical free throws in the final seconds for San Antonio. Chauncey Billups scored all of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a long 3-pointer that cut the Spurs' lead to 78-77 with 7.9 seconds left.

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