Rasheed Wallace scored 22 points and helped end Tim Duncan's streak of 61 straight double-figure scoring games as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Spurs, 105-95, last night in San Antonio.
It was the first meeting between the teams since the Spurs swept the Blazers 4-0 in the Western Conference finals last season on their way to the NBA title.
If the Blazers wanted to make a statement against the defending champs, it came across loud and clear. Bouncing back from its first two-game losing streak of the season, Portland never trailed and held a double-figure lead most of the second half.
Duncan, who entered the game averaging 24.8 points, scored just nine points and had six rebounds in 38 minutes. He did not connect on his first field goal until dropping in a jump hook from the corner with 8 minutes 6 seconds remaining.
TIMBERWOLVES 91, JAZZ 88: Kevin Garnett scored 31 points and Bobby Jackson added 18, splitting the lane for two uncontested layups in the last 1:01 in Salt Lake City. Jackson, starting in place of injured Terrell Brandon, added eight assists. Malik Sealy scored 19 points and made 3 of 4 free throws in the last 22.7 to help Minnesota snap Utah's nine-game home-court winning streak.
John Stockton led the Jazz with a season-high 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting with 12 assists. He also hit a three-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining, pulling Utah within the final margin but the Jazz didn't foul on the inbounds play.
KNICKS 90, NETS 89: Charlie Ward had 19 points, seven assists and no turnovers, and Chris Childs played superb defense against Stephon Marbury on the game's final play in New York.
New Jersey had a chance to win on the final play, but Marbury flung up a hapless air ball with one second left while looking for a foul call. Childs, in the game after Ward fouled out, stuck with Marbury the entire play as the Nets point guard drove to his left from near midcourt and penetrated the lane.
Allan Houston reached in and got a hand on the ball moments before Marbury released the shot. Marbury, who led the Nets with 23 points and 10 assists, stood on the baseline with his hands on his hips as the game ended.
PACERS 106, BUCKS 84: Reggie Miller scored 29 points and Mark Jackson had 12 assists as Indiana won its 13th straight home game.
Indiana hasn't lost at home since Nov. 25, when Detroit posted a 107-99 decision. The Bucks, led by Glenn Robinson with 25 and Ray Allen with 16, dropped their eighth straight at Indiana.
The Bucks were missing Coach George Karl, who picked up two quick technicals with 4:54 left in the half. Milwaukee cut the deficit to 67-63 on a free throw by Sam Cassell after Jalen Rose was assessed a technical foul for throwing the ball at Milwaukee's Scott Williams. Indiana responded with a 19-foot jumper and a three-point jumper by Miller and the Bucks weren't closer than six again.
CELTICS 94, RAPTORS 90: Paul Pierce scored 30 points, including a three-pointer with 4.6 seconds left to cap a 14-0 run in Boston.
The Celtics rallied from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit with eight late points from Calbert Cheaney before Pierce's right-side shot swished through as the 24-second clock expired.
Toronto called time out, and fans showered the court with debris, prompting Celtics Coach Rick Pitino to take the public address microphone and beg them to stop lest his team be charged with a crucial technical foul.
When play resumed, Vince Carter made one of two free throws and Pierce sank two to clinch the game.
LAKERS 95, CAVALIERS 86: Shaquille O'Neal scored eight of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and also had 23 rebounds as Los Angeles rallied from a 15-point third-period deficit at home.
HORNETS 96, BULLS 86: Eddie Jones scored 26 points and Derrick Coleman 20 as Charlotte snapped a nine-game road losing streak. It was the Hornets' first win in Chicago since April 8, 1996.
76ERS 107, HAWKS 89: Allen Iverson scored 25 points and Larry Hughes had 18 as host Philadelphia built a 30-point lead and coasted to its fourth straight win.