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Gugliotta Near-Perfect in Minnesota Victory

From Associated Press

Tom Gugliotta was almost perfect Wednesday night at San Antonio.

Gugliotta hit 11 of 12 from the field--a team-record .923 shooting percentage--and scored 29 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves continued to sprint toward the first playoff berth in club history with a 108-89 victory over the reeling San Antonio Spurs.

The 6-foot-10 forward, who became the team’s first All-Star this season, made 11 in a row before missing a nine-foot jump shot with 2:09 left.

Eight of Gugliotta’s field goals were long jump shots, including one from three-point range. He had two dunks and a tip-in and also hit six of seven free throws.

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Dominique Wilkins scored 20 points for the Spurs and Will Perdue had 19 points and 17 rebounds.

Phoenix 111, Philadelphia 104--Kevin Johnson scored 12 of his season-high 36 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Suns hold on at Phoenix.

Jason Kidd had 19 points and 13 assists, three of them to Johnson in the final five minutes.

Atlanta 79, Milwaukee 72--Steve Smith scored 19 of his 21 points after halftime and the Hawks held the Bucks to a season-low 25 points in the second half at Milwaukee.

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Dikembe Mutombo had 14 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for the victorious Hawks.

Indianapolis 92, Seattle 78--Mark Jackson’s jump shot capped a 19-2 fourth-quarter Pacers’ run, and the SuperSonics went scoreless for seven minutes in the quarter at Indianapolis.

Sacramento 111, Boston 105--Mitch Richmond made all seven three-point shots and scored 38 points to lead the Kings to victory at Boston.

Olden Polynice had 16 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists as the Kings won in Boston for the first time since 1979, after 17 consecutive losses.

Orlando 98, Miami 86--Dennis Scott regained his long-range shooting touch and scored 26 points in the game at Orlando.

Orlando remained unbeaten under interim coach Richie Adubato, improving to 5-0. Since Brian Hill was fired Feb. 18, the Magic has limited opponents to 86 points a game compared to 112 in the last three under Hill.

Detroit 117, Golden State 84--Lindsey Hunter scored 15 of his 21 points in the second quarter as Detroit won for the seventh time in eight games.

Terry Mills also had 21 for Detroit, including five three-point basket, in the game at Auburn Hills, Mich.

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New York 96, Portland 95 (OT)--Patrick Ewing scored five of his 27 points in overtime and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Knicks survived a five-point third quarter and rallied from 15 points down in the fourth to win at Portland.

Larry Johnson scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth period in a bizarre game that saw the Knicks outscore the Blazers, 31-16, in the fourth quarter after being outscored, 27-5, in the third.


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