Sun, Dec 14, 2003 - Page 24 News List

Timberwolves go wild while on road

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Forward Latrell Sprewell led all scorers as Minnesota picked up its fourth consecutive victory while roaming from home


Travis Best, left, of the Dallas Mavericks drives past Derek Fisher, center, of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Friday.


It was the fourth straight road victory for Minnesota, which got 21 points from Latrell Sprewell and 16 from Gary Trent. The Timberwolves have beaten Washington five consecutive times.

"It's tougher to win on the road, so maybe you have a little bit better concentration," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "When we do get back home, we have to take care of things. We'll start playing better at home."

Larry Hughes led the Wizards with 16 and Christian Laettner added 14. Washington has dropped three straight and seven of its past eight.

Washington got within 84-81 on Laettner's basket early in the fourth quarter before the Timberwolves pulled away with a 14-2 run.

Nuggets 86, 76ers 77

In Philadelphia, Andre Miller had 23 points, and Marcus Camby had 16 points and 17 rebounds as Denver downed Philadelphia.

Each of Denver's starters scored in double figures as the vastly improved Nuggets snapped a two-game losing skid.

Kenny Thomas had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Eric Snow had 14 points and 11 assists for the Sixers, who had won three straight.

Allen Iverson, back after missing one game with a knee injury, missed 16 of 22 shots and finished with 18 points. Glenn Robinson, who had missed the last 15 games with a sprained left ankle, had six points.

The Nuggets (14-8) are off to their best start since the 1989-90 season.

Celtics 114, Raptors 111

In Boston, Paul Pierce had 33 points and 11 rebounds, leading Boston to its fourth straight win and snapping Toronto's five-game winning streak.

Vince Carter, who scored 35, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied it. The loss was the Raptors' first since their six-player trade with Chicago. Toronto surrendered 100 points for the first time in 23 games.

The Celtics, who didn't crack the century mark until the 15th game of the season, have now scored 100 or better in their last five games.

Pacers 103, Hawks 92

In Indianapolis, Fred Jones took over after Al Harrington left with an injury, scoring a career-high 18 points in Indiana's win over Atlanta.

Harrington had a strong first half before leaving with a bruised right cheekbone, scoring nine points on 4-of-4 shooting with three assists as the Pacers built a 52-35 lead.

Jason Terry had 18 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Hawks, who lost their sixth straight road game.

Heat 91, Grizzlies 88

In Miami, Lamar Odom scored a season-high 29 points as Miami held off a rally to prevent the Memphis from setting a franchise record for consecutive wins.

Odom also had 14 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 14 and Brian Grant had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, which has won six of eight home games. Rafer Alston added 11 points and a season-high seven assists.

Pau Gasol scored 19 points and Earl Watson 16 for Memphis, which trailed by 16 at halftime and by nine after three quarters.

SuperSonics 93, Pistons 72

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Rashard Lewis scored 33 points to lead Seattle over the slumping Detroit, whose only consolation was Darko Milicic scoring his first NBA points.

Seattle also got 19 from Ronald Murray and 18 from Brent Barry.

Detroit, which has lost four straight games after a 14-6 start, got 14 points and 11 rebounds from Ben Wallace and 12 points from Chauncey Billups.

Nets 99, Magic 95

In Orlando, Florida, Kerry Kittles snapped out of a slump to score 22 points, including three 3-pointers in the final four minutes, to lead New Jersey past Orlando for its fourth straight victory.

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