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Minnesota Wins

From Associated Press

Kevin Garnett had 31 points and 18 rebounds, and Wally Szczerbiak scored eight straight points during a tight stretch in the fourth quarter, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Mavericks, 92-83, Monday night at Dallas.

Dallas, the league’s highest-scoring team at 102.6 points per game, had a season-low 55 points after three quarters, then finally got hot in the fourth.

Consecutive three-point baskets by Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley finished an 18-point comeback and tied the score at 71 with 5:19 left.

But Szczerbiak never let the Mavericks go ahead, scoring 14 of his 27 points in the final 5:28.

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Nowitzki had 37 points for Dallas, which outrebounded Minnesota, 60-41, but shot only 32%.

Utah 83, Miami 73 -- Karl Malone scored 29 points and the Jazz won at Miami, which got no closer than seven in the final quarter. The Heat finished without Coach Pat Riley, ejected after receiving his second technical foul of the game with 6:34 remaining in the third quarter for disputing a foul call.


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