January 16, 2006

Timberwolves put bite on Knicks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kevin Garnett and Wally Szczerbiak
helped themselves to 24 points apiece to give the Minnesota
Timberwolves a 96-90 win over the faltering New York Knicks on

The win extended the Timberwolves' streak to three games,
while the Knicks slumped to their second straight loss after
Toronto ended their six-game winning streak on Sunday.

Garnett also pulled down 16 rebounds and Troy Hudson
chipped in with 16 points, including a key three-pointer with
eight seconds to play, to help seal the victory in a Martin
Luther King Day matinee.

Despite trailing by as many as 19 points in the third
quarter, and losing leading scorer Stephon Marbury in the
fourth with a shoulder injury, the Knicks rallied to within two
at 92-90.

But they could not complete the comeback, Hudson nailing
the three-pointer with time running down to put the contest to

Marbury led New York with 20 points while Quentin
Richardson added 14 points and seven rebounds.


In Washington, the Wizards crushed the Philadelphia 76ers
104-76, stretching their win streak to a season-best four
games, with Caron Butler scoring a game high 23 points and
Gilbert Arenas chipping in with 22 points and 12 assists.

Andre Iguodala led the 76rs with 18 points while Allen
Iverson was held to just 17 points and eight assists.

No other 76er managed double figures. Kyle Korver,
Philadelphia's third-leading scorer, totaled just four
rebounds, zero points and zero assists.

Clinging to a 47-45 lead at the half, the Wizards put the
game away in the third quarter, outscoring the 76ers 35-17 to
take a healthy 82-62 cushion into the final 12 minutes.

In other games, Rasheed Wallace scored 23 points and
grabbed nine rebounds as the Detroit Pistons downed the Boston
Celtics 94-84, improving their record to an NBA best 30-5.

Carmelo Anthony nailed 39 points and Kenyon Martin had 22
points and 14 rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets past the
Chicago Bulls 97-94.

Vince Carter had a game high 24 points and Jason Kidd 23
points and 10 assists to lead the New Jersey Nets past the
Indiana Pacers 97-92.

Elton Brand scored 35 points, including eight in overtime,
as Los Angeles Clippers edged the Utah Jazz 102-93.

The Atlanta Hawks handed the Houston Rockets their sixth
straight defeat 94-83 while the New Orleans Hornets eased past
the Charlotte Bobcats 107-92. The Golden State Warriors
defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 109-93.