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Garnett leads Wolves to win over battling Mavs


Dallas Mavericks forward Danny Fortson, left, goes up past Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett, right, during the first quarter in Minneapolis on Thursday.


Kevin Garnett had 35 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season Thursday to help the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off the Dallas Mavericks 114-109 for their fourth straight victory.

Sam Cassell added 26 points, and Gary Trent had a season-high 18 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota.

"It's a dogfight in this division -- we just trying to scratch and claw our way through it," said Cassell.

Steve Nash had nine of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, and Antawn Jamison had 14 of his 22 in the final period for the Mavericks, who dropped to 3-9 on the road.

"A lot of guys played well, but the biggest surprise was Gary," coach Flip Saunders said. "It was the best game he had this year."

Kings 101, Hornets 90

In New Orleans, Brad Miller had 21 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists for Sacramento.

Mike Bibby added 19 points, Bobby Jackson had 18 and Peja Stojakovic 17 for the Kings.

Baron Davis led New Orleans with 23 points. The Hornets have lost three straight, all by double-digit margins.

Trail Blazers 101, Suns 94

In Portland, Oregon, Zach Randolph had 29 points and 20 rebounds to lead Portland past Phoenix.

Damon Stoudamire and Rasheed Wallace each added 15 points for the Trail Blazers. Shawn Marion had 20 points for the Suns.

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