If Stephon Marbury's statistics aren't enough to get him an all-star spot, maybe his clutch performances and highlight-reel plays will do the trick.
Marbury had 21 points and 10 assists and hit two big jumpers in the final minute to hold off a Clippers rally in leading the New Jersey Nets to a 110-105 win over visiting Los Angeles last night.
"If that wasn't an all-star performance by Stephon Marbury, I don't know what is," Nets Coach Don Casey said after New Jersey won its third straight.
Marbury also added six rebounds on a night he shot 7 of 17 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. He also had a great half-court pass on an alley-oop dunk by Kerry Kittles as New Jersey improved to 13-5 since opening the season losing 15 of 17.
Kittles had nine of his 22 points in a 14-5 run to start the third quarter, Keith Van Horn added 19.
Rookie Lamar Odom had 26 points to lead the Clippers, who have lost three straight and seven of eight.
"We were in it the whole time, even at the clutch times," said Odom, who made 11 of 13 shots. "We just didn't pull it off. The rebounds hurt, but the turnovers were crucial because they turn into points and scoring opportunities."
* TIMBERWOLVES 103, CELTICS 85: Kevin Garnett scored 11 of his 19 points during a decisive third-quarter run in Minneapolis.
After leading by nine at halftime, the Timberwolves broke it open with a 30-14 run. The Wolves shot 13 of 20 (65 percent) in the third quarter. The Celtics shot only 4 of 17 (23 percent).
"When the Celtics pressed, we got a lot of easy shots and layups," Wally Szczerbiak said. "They were dog-tired; their players were even saying that on the court."
* JAZZ 93, HEAT 83: In Salt Lake City, Bryon Russell scored 19 points and forward Armen Gilliam scored nine of his 10 points in the fourth quarter. Gilliam signed as a free agent last week.
"I wanted to be on a team that had a good group of guys that had been there before," Gilliam said. "I turned down a lot of bad teams, but this was the right fit."
John Stockton had 13 assists and survived a painful jab to his left eye.
* KINGS 107, SPURS 103: Chris Webber had 34 points and 19 rebounds as host Sacramento rallied in the fourth quarter. Tim Duncan had 33 points and 20 rebounds for San Antonio, which had won three in a row.
* ROCKETS 108, WARRIORS 100: Cuttino Mobley scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and Houston got its first road win since Dec. 8.