Kevin Garnett had 25 points and 17 rebounds and Stephon Marbury scored 27 points on his 21st birthday as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a two-game losing streak with a 100-95 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
Charles Barkley, celebrating his 35th birthday, had a 3-point attempt to tie it go in-and-out with five seconds left in overtime. Terry Porter sealed it for the Timberwolves with two free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining.Minnesota played in front of its seventh sellout crowd and second in a row after learning that forward Tom Gugliotta would be lost for the season because he needs surgery to remove bone chips and bone spurs from his right ankle.
Hakeem Olajuwon scored 15 of his 20 points after the third quarter. Kevin Willis had 15 points for the Rockets, while Matt Bullard had 14.
Minnesota held Houston's Clyde Drexler to 10 points on 5-of-19 shooting from the field.
Marbury, who had 10 assists, missed a running layup that would have broken an 89-89 tie at the buzzer in regulation. Terry Porter and Sam Mitchell each scored 12 points for Minnesota. Barkley had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
MAGIC 93, PACERS 91: At Orlando, Nick Anderson had a season-high 37 points and Derek Strong hit the go-ahead jumper with one minute left as Orlando beat Indiana.
Reggie Miller grabbed his own missed free throw and tied it at 91 with a 3-pointer with 1:45 left. Rik Smits missed a short jumper with 33 seconds to go, and Miller missed a wide-open 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Danny Schayes had 18 points and nine rebounds for Orlando, which won its third straight game. Strong had 12 points and seven rebounds in a reserve role.
Smits had 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter. Miller had 21 points, and Mark Jackson had 10 points and 10 assists for Indiana, which lost to a sub-.500 team for only the second time this season.
Anderson and Schayes combined for 32 of Orlando's 46 points in the first half as the Magic took a 46-38 lead.
HAWKS 115, GRIZZLIES 92: At Atlanta, Steve Smith scored 21 points and Atlanta had a season-high 40-point first quarter in defeating Vancouver.
CAVALIERS 109, NETS 95: At East Rutherford, N.J., Cedric Henderson and Shawn Kemp scored 27 points apiece and Cleveland held New Jersey to 11 second-half field goals in beating the Nets.
Sam Cassell had 28 points to lead the Nets, who dressed just nine players because of an injury to Sherman Douglas (wrist) and the ineligibility of Rony Seikaly and Brian Evans, who were acquired from Orlando on Thursday.
SUNS 115, HORNETS 99: At Phoenix, Cliff Robinson scored a season-high 36 points and Jason Kidd had 16 assists, including a team record-tying 10 in a lopsided first quarter, as Phoenix beat Charlotte for their fourth consecutive victory.
BUCKS 94, RAPTORS 89: At Milwaukee, Armon Gilliam came off the bench to score a season-high 24 points and Glenn Robinson added 22 as Milwaukee defeated Toronto.
Doug Christie led the Raptors with 23 points, but it wasn't enough to stop Toronto from extending its losing streak to six games. The loss kept interim head coach Butch Carter winless in four games.
CELTICS 102, SONICS 96: At Seattle, Kenny Anderson, in his first game with the Celtics, scored eight of his 19 points in the final four minutes to lead Boston over Seattle.
Anderson, dealt from Portland to Toronto on February 13 and traded again five days later, hit consecutive jumpers for a 93-85 lead with 3:05 left.
KNICKS 98, TRAIL BLAZERS 89: At Portland, Ore., Allan Houston made 16 of 20 field-goal attempts and scored 34 points as New York rallied in the third quarter to beat Portland.
Houston sank 9 of 10 field-goal attempts in the second half, including six straight in the third quarter when the Knicks outscored the Blazers by 10 points to take an eight-point lead into the fourth.
WARRIORS 95, NUGGETS 88: At Oakland, Calif., Erick Dampier had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Jim Jackson and Clarence Weatherspoon combined for 26 points in their Golden State debuts as the Warriors defeated Denver.
HEAT 91, KINGS 77: At Sacramento, Calif., Alonzo Mourning had 26 points and 15 rebounds as Miami won its fifth straight game.