Former Maryland star Joe Smith collected a season-high 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Garnett added 24 points and 15 rebounds last night as the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the visiting Sacramento Kings, 115-109, in overtime.
The Timberwolves overcame a torrid second half by the Kings, who scored a season-low 34 points in the first half but responded with 69 in the second.
"We saw what they did to Jersey last night and we didn't want to end up on the other end of that type of game," Smith said of Sacramento, which clobbered New Jersey, 118-82, on Thursday.
Chris Webber led the Kings with 30 points, and Peja Stojakovic scored a season-high 27 for Sacramento, which had won four straight games.
Minnesota opened the overtime period with a 7-0 run, and looked to be in control with a 110-103 lead with 2 minutes 4 seconds to play. But the Kings responded with a 6-2 spurt fueled by a three-pointer from Mike Bibby and a dunk off a steal by Doug Christie.
The Kings caught a break when the Minnesota bench was hit with a technical foul for arguing a no-call before Christie's dunk. Stojakovic hit the free throw to bring Sacramento to 112-109 with 53 seconds left.
Rod Strickland missed the Wolves' next shot, but Webber bobbled the rebound out of bounds, and Rasho Nesterovic tipped in a miss to give Minnesota a 114-109 lead with 17.6 seconds left.
"Give Minnesota credit," Kings Coach Rick Adelman said. "They made the plays in the overtime to win."
* PACERS 101, MAGIC 97: Jermaine O'Neal scored 21 points and Ron Artest hit two free throws with 14 seconds left in overtime as visiting Indiana rallied for its third straight victory.
Artest, returning from a three-game suspension for destroying a television camera following a loss at New York on Jan. 3, had 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Al Harrington added 16 points and eight rebounds in a reserve role.
Tracy McGrady had 23 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds for the Magic.
* KNICKS 114, 76ERS 112: Charlie Ward made a crucial three-pointer with 31 seconds left, one of New York's franchise-record 16, and the Knicks won in Philadelphia.
The Knicks made six free throws in the final 24 seconds, including three by Ward, to snap a three-game losing streak.
Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell had 31 points each and Ward scored 17 for the Knicks. Allen Iverson scored 30 points for the 76ers.
* MAVERICKS 103, CELTICS 78: In Dallas, Michael Finley and Dirk Nowitzki combined for 37 first-half points to carry the Mavericks to victory.
Nowitzki finished with 28 points, Michael Finley had 22 and seven assists and Nash added 13 points and six assists.
Paul Pierce scored 20 points to lead Boston.
* PISTONS 101, HORNETS 99: Chauncey Billups capped a 32-point performance with two three-pointers in the last two minutes of overtime and a pair of go-ahead free throws with 1.6 seconds left for visiting Detroit.
Richard Hamilton scored 22 points and Cliff Robinson had 21 for the Pistons, who overcame a 13-point deficit in the last 5:33 of regulation to win their fourth straight on the road.
Jamal Mashburn led New Orleans with 26 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists.
* HAWKS 84, ROCKETS 75: Jason Terry scored 33 points to help host Atlanta snap a six-game losing streak.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 21 points and Theo Ratliff had 16 rebounds and four blocks for the Hawks. Eddie Griffin had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets.
* NETS 94, RAPTORS 79: Jason Kidd had 25 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds to help visiting New Jersey rebound from its worst loss of the season by handing Toronto its 12th straight defeat.
Kenyon Martin added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets.
* CLIPPERS 90, SUPERSONICS 88: In Seattle, Lamar Odom scored 21 points and Andre Miller had his second career triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as Los Angeles handed Seattle its fourth consecutive loss.
The teams combined for an NBA season-high 57 fouls.
* LAKERS 115, CAVALIERS 99: Kobe Bryant had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and Shaquille O'Neal added 26 points as host Los Angeles won its third in a row for the first time this season.
Ricky Davis scored 27 points for Cleveland.
* JAZZ 92, HEAT 76: Matt Harpring scored 31 points and Karl Malone added 19 points and six rebounds for Utah at home.
* BUCKS 93, BULLS 85: Anthony Mason scored 21 points and Toni Kukoc had 17 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as Milwaukee handed Chicago its 16th straight road loss. The Bulls missed 15 of 21 free throws.
* SUNS 96, GRIZZLIES 90: Amare Stoudemire had 16 points and a career-best 21 rebounds as Phoenix won its ninth consecutive home game. Stephon Marbury, who had 25 points and 11 assists, scored 11 points in the final 4:11.
* NUGGETS 82, TRAIL BLAZERS 81: In Denver, Nene Hilario had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Juwan Howard added 19 points for the Nuggets.