Dan Majerle has made a 12-year career out of his three-point shooting, but he'd never had a game like this.
Majerle hit 9 of 10 three-pointers and scored a season-high 33 points to lead the Miami Heat over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 116-106, last night in Minneapolis.
His nine three-pointers were a career high, and he made six in a row in the second half, capped by a 29-footer with 9 minutes 38 seconds left.
"After my first two in the second half, I felt I had one of those nights going," Majerle said. "I had made eight once before, but never nine. I'm just old and over the hill, but I can still get it done some nights."
Heat Coach Pat Riley said of Majerle: "He's just a vintage NBA guy. He gets by on guile and guts."
Majerle three-pointers were one short of the Heat's franchise record of 10, held by Brian Shaw. The NBA record for three-pointers in a game is 11, set by Dennis Scott for Orlando in 1996.
Majerle also set a Target Center record for three-pointers in a game.
The Heat shot 56 percent and made 11 of 15 (73 percent) from behind the arc.
Miami led by 21 in the fourth quarter, but Kevin Garnett brought the Wolves back. He scored a season-high 35 points, and his two free throws with 1:03 to play got the Wolves within 109-104.
But another Heat three-pointer, this time by Voshon Lenard, put the game away.
"We played well, but we couldn't get crucial stops," Garnett said. "We gave up 116 points, and that's not good enough to win."
KNICKS 95, BULLS 88: Patrick Ewing would have sat out another fourth quarter and no one would have cared, except the Knicks found another way to blow a big lead before their center returned and host New York hung on to beat Chicago.
The Knicks led by 25 entering the final quarter but let the lead slip to two with 1:06 left as Chicago went on a 33-10 run.
"We just stopped playing, on offense and on defense," Ewing said. "We blew them out and then relaxed. It's never over til it's over. It's the NBA. It's fantastic."
With the fans at Madison Square Garden on the edge of their seats and the arena as loud as it was during Bulls-Knicks games of old, Larry Johnson hit a three-pointer with 47 seconds left to put the Knicks back up by five.
SUPERSONICS 101, SUNS 88: Gary Payton, out to prove he's the best point guard in the NBA, had 23 points to lead host Seattle over Jason Kidd and Phoenix.
Kidd, who outplayed Payton earlier this season in Phoenix, had 12 points and 15 assists.
Said Sonics Coach Paul Westphal: "It was a superhuman effort by Gary. Thirteen assists, one turnover. What more can you ask?"
Seattle ended a three-game home losing streak and sent the Suns to their fifth straight road loss. The Sonics had dropped six in a row to the Suns.
KINGS 110, ROCKETS 93: Chris Webber had 26 points and 12 rebounds, helping host Sacramento pull away in the second half.
The Kings have won seven of 10. Houston committed 30 turnovers and lost for the sixth time in seven games.
MAVERICKS 109, WARRIORS 102: Cedric Ceballos scored 29 points and Michael Finley had 21 as Dallas, after blowing nearly all of an 18-point first-quarter lead, recovered to beat host Golden State. It was the 10th straight loss for the Warriors and their second double-digit skid of the season.