John Starks scored 27 points and Chris Mills added 23 as the Golden State Warriors overcame a 20-point first-half deficit to hand the Timberwolves their worst loss of the season, 104-76, last night in Minnesota.
Antawn Jamison added 16 points for Golden State, which won its second straight after an 11-game losing streak.
Rasho Nesterovic had 23 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which has lost five straight for the first time since November 1997. Kevin Garnett scored 12 points on 5-of-20 shooting as the Timberwolves lost their eighth in 10 games. They were outscored by 48 points in the last 33 minutes.
"It's a soul-searching thing," Minnesota Coach Flip Saunders said. "For myself, the whole organization, the players. . . . I do know we are a team that lacks confidence."
Minnesota had taken a 43-23 lead with 9 minutes 4 seconds left in the second quarter, but scored just seven points in the third quarter. It was the Timberwolves' lowest-scoring quarter in team history. They had a franchise-low 21 points in the second half.
LAKERS 106, GRIZZLIES 94: With all eyes on Kobe Bryant in the starting lineup, Los Angeles instead got a solid performance from their reserves to win on the road.
Two reserves stood out. Robert Horry scored nine of his 11 points in the final 12 minutes and Rick Fox scored seven of his 11 points in the final quarter.
Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers with 30 points. Bryant, who made his second start after missing 15 games with a broken hand, added 14 points and a career-high five blocks and Glen Rice scored nine of his 22 points in the final 2:09.
MAVERICKS 120, SUNS 115: In Dallas, Michael Finley had 33 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his third career triple-double as the Mavericks ended a three-game losing streak.
Robert Pack had 24 points and 11 assists and Cedric Ceballos added 22 points for Dallas, which had lost 26 of its previous 29 meetings with Phoenix.
Clifford Robinson's 28 points paced the Suns, who had won nine of their previous 11. Jason Kidd had 19 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists.
SUPERSONICS 92, HEAT 88: In Seattle, Gary Payton scored 26 points and Vin Baker added 25 points as host Seattle beat Miami for ninth straight time.
Payton's three-point shot gave the SuperSonics an 84-72 lead with 4:43 left. The Heat countered with a 10-2 run, capped by Alonzo Mourning's jump hook, to pull within two with 1:15 left. But Seattle made 8 of 10 free throws to secure the victory.
HORNETS 106, 76ERS 84: In Philadelphia, Allen Iverson returned from a broken thumb just in time for the 76ers' worst loss of the season. Iverson, who missed 10 games after breaking the thumb on his shooting hand, tied his season low with 11 points and did not play the final 17 minutes. He missed 9 of 16 shots.
CAVALIERS 127, HAWKS 116: Shawn Kemp, playing with a bandage covering a gash over his right eye for much of the second half, scored 29 points as Cleveland won at home. Kemp was cut when he ran into Atlanta's Chris Crawford with 5:18 left in the third quarter, forcing him to go to the locker room for treatment.
NUGGETS 101, BUCKS 99: Nick Van Exel scored 27 points and had eight assists as Denver rallied on the road. George McCloud added 21 points for the Nuggets, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
TRAIL BLAZERS 101, KINGS 96: Scottie Pippen and Rasheed Wallace scored 24 points each as Portland won on the road. Sacramento's Chris Webber scored 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
PACERS 108, CLIPPERS 90: In Indianapolis, Reggie Miller scored 26 points as Indiana won its sixth straight. The Pacers scored 10 straight points in the second quarter to take control.
NETS 106, ROCKETS 94: Stephon Marbury and Kerry Kittles scored all the points in a 14-4 run to end the first quarter as New Jersey rolled at home. Jamie Feick had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
MAGIC 108, BULLS 87: Darrell Armstrong and Monty Williams keyed a crucial third-quarter run to lead Orlando to the home win.