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NBA Sunday: Rankings, 24-second clock

Published: Saturday, March 12 2011 9:23 p.m. MST

7 — When the Jazz lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-101 on Friday night, it was the seventh time this season they've lost a game by more than 20 points. Only Washington (nine times) and Cleveland (eight times) have lost more games by more than 20 points this season.

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SHUTOUT HURTS: After the Heat had swept the two-game season series with a home victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, and with the team not scheduled to leave for Dallas until the next morning, Kobe Bryant decided to get in some extra work at Miami's arena.

Bryant soaked his feet and spoke to reporters after the loss, then donned some sweats and returned to the court.

With the arena cleaning crew looking and Heat ball boys rebounding, Bryant shot for about an hour and 15 minutes. The clock struck midnight, and with the arena folks ready to turn out the lights, Bryant hit the weight room and finally got back to the hotel about 1:30 a.m.

Asked why he had put in the additional work, Bryant said, "It's my job."

MO IS ON A ROLL: The Clippers won four of their first five games with guard Mo Williams in the lineup after he was traded from Cleveland, and that included a 28-point performance in a victory at Boston.

Williams has declared the development of center DeAndre Jordan to be his own personal project and on an off-night in Boston had dinner with Jordan and Blake Griffin. Williams said the Clippers had "turned the corner" and he was happy to be with the team.

"I learned a long time ago, you've got to put the past behind you," said Williams.

SWEET ON CHEEKS: While in Philadelphia last week, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks told reporters how as a rookie with the 76ers in 1988-'89, one of his responsibilities was to carry the uniform and warm-ups of Maurice Cheeks, who was then an all-star with the 76ers and is now a Thunder assistant.

Brooks was such a fan of Cheeks that he kept Cheeks' uniform after the final road game that he played with the 76ers and still has it.

"Back then, they made you pay for your uniform," said Brooks. "If you wanted your uniform, you had to pay for it. He didn't even know I had it. He got deducted $175, whatever it was, out of his check."

FAST BREAKS: Gerald Wallace says he felt "stabbed in the back" by the Bobcats, who traded him to Portland, and he viewed the deal as a "slap in the face."

Portland assistant general manager Bill Branch on Wallace: "He speaks the inconvenient truth."

New Jersey's Brook Lopez had one double-double in the team's first 53 games but then recorded five in a 10-game stretch.

At home, the Celtics are 19-0 against the East and 8-6 against the West.

—Compiled from wire services

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