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Heat 89, Timberwolves 78

Heat 89, Timberwolves 78

In Miami, Alonzo Mourning had 30 points and 13 rebounds as the Heat closed out their stay at Miami Arena with a win over Minnesota.

The Heat had played all of their home games at Miami Arena beginning with their expansion season in 1988-89. They move into the $212 million AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday against Orlando.

Kevin Garnett led Minnesota with 16 points, and Malik Sealy and Terrell Brandon each had 14.

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Nets 89, Knicks 83

Make it eight straight home victories for the New Jersey Nets, who showed the New York Knicks - the last visiting team to win at the Meadowlands - just how much things have changed in 3 1/2 weeks.

Kendall Gill scored 23 points, Kerry Kittles had 21, Stephon Marbury had 16 points and 13 assists and Jamie Feick grabbed 17 rebounds as the Nets beat the Knicks 89-83 for their ninth victory in 12 games.

Eight of those victories have come at home, where the Nets haven't lost since Dec. 4 - a 10-point defeat to the Knicks that dropped New Jersey's record to an abysmal 2-15.

John Wallace had 20 points and Allan Houston 19 for the Knicks, who were without three key players: Marcus Camby (sprained ankle), Kurt Thomas (NBA suspension) and Charlie Ward (flu).

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Kings 114, Celtics 101

In Sacramento, California, Chris Webber had 23 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as Sacramento coach Rick Adelman posted his 400th career win.

Predrag Stojakovic scored 19 points for the Kings, who won consecutive games for the first time in more than a month. Jason Williams had 15 points and seven assists and Vlade Divac added 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Antoine Walker had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead the Celtics, who lost their 11th straight road game.

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Raptors 100, Rockets 99

In Houston, Vince Carter showed Houston why he's the leading All-Star vote-getter, hitting two crucial late free-throws and finishing with 35 points in Toronto's win.

Carter thrilled the Houston crowd with a half-dozen highlight-film baskets, but it was two foul shots with four seconds left that lifted the Raptors to a 100-96 lead, which they needed when Bryce Drew hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Alvin Williams added 17 for Toronto. Former Raptor Carlos Rogers, who scored 12 of Houston's first 13 points before missing about eight minutes with a left eye injury, finished with 19.

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Nuggets 128, Clippers 105

In Denver, Antonio McDyess had 22 points and five assists and Raef LaFrentz added 20 points and 11 rebounds as Denver won its fifth consecutive home game.

Ron Mercer had 20 points and Nick Van Exel got his fourth straight double-double with 13 points and 13 assists for the Nuggets, who are 12-3 at home.

Maurice Taylor had a career-high 30 points and six rebounds for the Clippers, who had won three straight.

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Trail Blazers 94, SuperSonics 89

In Portland, Oregon, Rasheed Wallace scored 24 points and hit two big jumpers in the final minutes to help Portland defeat Seattle.

Scottie Pippen added 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Blazers, who won their third straight. Steve Smith scored 17 and Bonzi Wells, playing his third game after missing a month because of a sprained knee, scored a career-high 14.

Gary Payton had 24 points and 13 assists for the Sonics, who have lost four in a row.

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