Rookie Lamar Odom scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for an 89-85 victory over the Timberwolves last night in Minneapolis.
Odom, who played all 48 minutes, sealed the game with a running hook shot with 16 seconds to play, releasing the shot just as the shot clock was about to expire. The basket capped a game-ending 23-8 run by the Clippers, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
"I was about to pull a three-pointer, but I knew if I missed they could tie the game," Odom said. "Garnett has so much athletic ability, I just tried to float it over him."
The Wolves outscored the Clippers 25-16 in the third quarter, ending it with a 16-6 run for a 70-61 lead. But Odom scored five consecutive points to pull Los Angeles within 83-80 with 2 minutes 42 seconds to play.
CELTICS 114, CAVALIERS 103: Cleveland wishes Paul Pierce had called in sick. Battling strep throat, Pierce scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half as Boston rallied at home.
The Celtics trailed by 15 points in the first half and seven at the end of the third quarter, but outscored the Cavaliers, 38-20, in the fourth. Pierce's three-pointer with 9:39 remaining gave the Celtics an 85-84 lead, their first lead since 2-0.
"This is one of my favorite victories as the Celtics' coach because we really did not play well," Celtics Coach Rick Pitino said. "Last year at this time, we would have lost this game by 25 or 30."
TRAIL BLAZERS 81, MAGIC 79: In Orlando, Rasheed Wallace hit a turnaround jumper with 1.3 seconds left, then stole an inbounds pass on Orlando's final possession as Portland won on the road. Wallace had 13 points and 11 rebounds to help the Blazers improve the NBA's best record to 8-1.
HEAT 98, 76ERS 93: In Philadelphia, Alonzo Mourning had 27 points and 14 rebounds despite foul trouble to lead Miami, giving the Heat its best start in franchise history.
The Heat recovered from Tuesday night's loss to Portland and improved to 7-2 for the first time.
JAZZ 98, KNICKS 90: Karl Malone scored a season-high 33 points and John Stockton, fighting a respiratory illness, scored 17 as Utah won at home.
The Jazz made its first 10 shots and 15 of its first 16, building a 34-14 lead after almost nine minutes.
HORNETS 104, MAVERICKS 99: Eddie Jones had 24 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds, and Charlotte held off a late Dallas surge. Jones, who came in averaging an NBA-best 2.8 steals, added four more as the Hornets improved to 5-0 at home.
SUNS 105, BULLS 81: Penny Hardaway and Tom Gugliotta each scored 18 points as host Phoenix snapped a three-game losing streak. Rodney Rogers scored 16 points, Luc Longley 13 and Shawn Marion 11 for the Suns, who beat the Bulls in Phoenix for the second time in six years. Jason Kidd had 11 assists for the Suns.
PISTONS 109, NETS 107: Grant Hill scored 32 points and Christian Laettner had 20 and 10 rebounds as host Detroit won the matchup of struggling teams. The Pistons improved to 3-6, while the Nets (1-7) lost their fourth straight.
SONICS 111, WARRIORS 108: Gary Payton had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Vin Baker had 23 points to lead Seattle to the home victory. Antawn Jamison had 27 points for Golden State.