Dikembe Mutombo shot 11 for 11 and had 27 points and 29 rebounds--the most rebounds in an NBA game in almost two years--in the Hawks' 105-94 win over the reeling Minnesota Timberwolves last night in Atlanta.
"I was frustrated with the way I played over the weekend," said Mutombo, whose rebound total was the highest in the NBA since Dennis Rodman grabbed 29 for Chicago against Atlanta on Dec. 27, 1997. "I really didn't have patience with my performance--especially the game in Cleveland. I told them tonight would be different."
Mutombo's effort offset an outstanding night by Kevin Garnett, who had the sixth triple-double of the NBA season with 22 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Garnett, who did not take a foul shot, was coming off a horrible outing Saturday in which he missed 14 consecutive shots and committed eight turnovers. Asked if he thought of a possible quadruple-double after finishing with seven steals, Garnett shrugged.
"With Mutombo going 50 for 50? Hell, no," said Garnett, whose club lost its sixth straight. "He played a super-duper game."
LAKERS 95, CLIPPERS 68: The Clippers set NBA records by scoring only 19 points in the first half and three in the second quarter. The previous record for fewest points in a half since the 24-second shot clock went into effect was 20 by the New Orleans Jazz at Seattle on Jan. 4, 1975. The previous lowest-scoring second quarter was five points by both Utah in 1981 and the Knicks last season. Shaquille O'Neal had 21 points and 19 rebounds.
SUNS 114, PISTONS 104: In Phoenix, Scott Skiles' debut as coach of the Suns was a success behind Jason Kidd's 18 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds. Jerry Stackhouse scored a season-high 35 for the Pistons, who were without Grant Hill in the fourth quarter because of a sore hip.
"Only 1,160 more wins to catch Lenny Wilkins," Skiles said referring to the Hawks coach who is the all-time wins leader. Skiles took over on Monday when Danny Ainge resigned.
CAVALIERS 115, CELTICS 88: Bob Sura had 22 points and 10 assists as Cleveland sent Boston to its seventh straight road loss. With Shawn Kemp [16 points] in foul trouble most of the night, reserve Mark Bryant came in and scored 12 points for Cleveland.
"One thing this team needs to do is cut down on fouls, 'cause we're one fouling team," Bryant said.
KNICKS 101, ROCKETS 90: Patrick Ewing scored 20 points in his best game since coming back from an Achilles' tendon injury as visiting New York won its fourth straight. Ewing, who shot a combined 3 for 19 in his first two games after missing the first 20 of the season, shot 6 for 10 from the field and 8 for 8 from the line.
"My shot is starting to fall. I was getting killed, hearing about my O-fers," Ewing said. "I have a lot of basketball left in me."
RAPTORS 105, PACERS 97: Vince Carter scored 24 points and Antonio Davis had 16 points and 14 rebounds against his former team as host Toronto ended Indiana's six-game winning streak.
Tracy McGrady, whose cousin died last week, added 21 points for the Raptors.
"I'm dedicating the season to my cousin," said McGrady, whose 19-year-old cousin, Ryan McGrady, died after having an asthma attack while playing basketball. On his right shoe he wrote "Ryan McGrady RIP." On his left he inscribed "One love cousin."
SPURS 111, MAVERICKS 93: Tim Duncan had 29 points and 12 rebounds as visiting San Antonio won for only the second time in their last six games.
"We were down for a little while but we're headed back where we want to be," Duncan said.
SUPERSONICS 109, NUGGETS 84: Gary Payton scored 25 points in the first three quarters before taking a seat on the bench as host Seattle beat Denver for the 13th straight time.
WARRIORS 102, HEAT 97: Chris Mills scored 23 points and John Starks had 21 as host Golden State Warriors won its third straight.