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Pacers continue to win


Jamaal Tinsley had 20 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds to lead the suspension- and injury-depleted Pacers to a 106-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.

Austin Croshere had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Fred Jones added 17 points for the Pacers.

Kevin Garnett led Minnesota with 23 points and nine rebounds, and Wally Szczerbiak added 18 points.

"Jamaal Tinsley is the facilitator for us," coach Rick Carlisle said. "Right now, he's doing things very few point guards in the league can do."

The Pacers were 13-of-25 from 3-point range, consistently beat the Timberwolves to loose balls and made the extra pass for wide open shots to pull out their second victory in three games without Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson, who were suspended for fighting with Detroit fans last week.

"It's like we were pacing ourselves, waiting to turn it on," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "We were out there and it seemed like the last place we wanted to be."

The Timberwolves played without center Michael Olowokandi, who was suspended for the game by the team after being arrested at an Indianapolis nightclub early Thursday morning.

Clippers 101, Nets 88

In Los Angeles, Marko Jaric scored 23 points to lead Los Angeles' balanced scoring and the Clippers beat New Jersey to run the Nets' losing streak to seven games.

Elton Brand scored 17 points and Corey Maggette had 16 to help the Clippers end a three-game losing streak of their own.

Richard Jefferson scored 24 points for New Jersey, and Travis Best added 16.

The Nets' slump is their worst since the 2000-2001 season, when they also dropped seven in a row from Jan. 23-Feb. 2.

Hubie Brown retired as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday because of health reasons.

"Unexpected health-related issues will not allow me to continue coaching the Memphis Grizzlies," the 71-year-old Brown said in a statement. "This situation was unforeseen and absolutely nonexistent at the beginning of the season."

Assistant coach Lionel Hollins was named interim coach, Grizzlies president Jerry West said.

Brown was not available for comment Thursday. The team scheduled a news conference for Friday.

"This is an extremely sad day for me," West said in a statement. "This franchise is by far better from the leadership and guidance of Hubie Brown, and we will be forever grateful to Hubie."

Grizzlies spokeswoman Stacey Mitch said Brown did not have a serious illness, but declined to comment further, referring all questions to Friday's news conference.

Brown retired one day after the Grizzlies lost to the Seattle SuperSonics 93-84 and slipped to 5-7, fourth place in the Southwest Division. He made no reference to retiring after the game.

During the game, Brown was active, arguing with officials, calling out plays and checking on players when they were injured.

Brown was the oldest coach in the NBA when he returned to the league in 2002 after a 16-year break.

He was the coach of the Atlanta Hawks from 1976-1981 and the New York Knicks from 1982-1986. He took the Hawks to the playoffs three times, including when he was named NBA Coach of the Year in 1978, and the Knicks to playoffs twice.

In 1975, Brown led the Kentucky Colonels to the ABA championship.

Fired by the Knicks after starting 4-12 in 1986, Brown became a TV basketball analyst.

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