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'Basket case' delays contest, doesn't deny Jazz from road win

March 5th, 2007 11:21 am by Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Deron Williams had 21 points and eight assists to help the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-83 Friday night.

Gordon Giricek made four 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 20 points as Utah's subs outscored their counterparts 51-23.

The Jazz have won three straight road games and four of five overall to widen the gap in the Northwest Division over third-place Minnesota to 13 games.

Kevin Garnett led Minnesota with 22 points and Ricky Davis finished with 16.

The start of the game was delayed by 30 minutes as the basket at the north end of Target Center was nearly 2 inches too high and arena workers were unable to lower the rim. A new basket was wheeled in and the teams resumed warmups 13 minutes after the scheduled tip-off.

Then Minnesota resumed its struggles against the best of the Western Conference.

WASHINGTON - Antawn Jamison scored 22 points in his first game back from a knee injury and the Wizards snapped a four-game losing streak.

Jamison missed 12 games after spraining his left knee Jan. 30 against Detroit. Gilbert Arenas added 19 points for the Wizards, who have won 10 of their last 11 against the Hawks.

Washington prevented its first five-game losing streak of the season with the win against Atlanta, which got 24 points from Josh Smith and 21 from Marvin Williams.

Atlanta has lost five straight road games.

TORONTO - Michael Redd scored 21 points and Milwaukee won its third straight game.

Charlie Bell added 19 points and Andrew Bogut had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who went 3-17 with Redd out of the lineup with an injured knee.

All-Star Chris Bosh had 14 points on just eight shots for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who are 9-2 in their last 11 home games.

NEW YORK - Stephon Marbury scored 34 points, Quentin Richardson added 30 points and 12 rebounds and the Knicks handed the Warriors their season-high fifth straight loss.

Eddy Curry added 22 points for the Knicks, who won their seventh straight at Madison Square Garden.

PHILADELPHIA - Andre Iguodala and Kyle Korver each scored 27 points and the 76ers tied a season high with their third straight victory.

Joe Smith added a season-high 18 points and had 12 rebounds, and Andre Miller had 11 points and 12 assists for Philadelphia.

Pau Gasol had 31 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis, which has the worst record in the NBA (15-45) after making the playoffs three straight years.

MIAMI - Shaquille O'Neal had a season-high 31 points and 15 rebounds and the Heat earned their most impressive win yet since losing Dwyane Wade.

The Pistons rallied from a 50-28 deficit to take their first lead with 3:14 left. But O'Neal's dunk with 36 seconds to go put the Heat ahead to stay, 82-80.

Detroit failed to overcome a season-low 31 points in the first half.

SAN ANTONIO - Manu Ginobili made six 3-pointers and finished with 31 points to help the Spurs extend their season-high winning streak to seven.

Ginobili had 16 points and five 3s in the third quarter for San Antonio. Tim Duncan added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Michael Finley scored 12 points.

Hedo Turkoglu led the Magic with 22 points.

CHICAGO - Ben Gordon scored 27 points, and Kirk Hinrich added 11 of his 22 in the fourth quarter to help the Bulls pull away from the Hornets.

Chicago outscored New Orleans 21-5 over the final 7:10 on the way to its fifth win in seven games.

Booed throughout in his first game at the United Center since last summer's trade to the Hornets, Tyson Chandler finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds - his 11th straight double-double and 18th consecutive game with at least 10 rebounds.

PHOENIX - Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points apiece and Phoenix overcame the absence of Shawn Marion to beat Indiana for the second time in four days.

Marion missed his second straight game because of a bruised right hand.

The Pacers matched their longest losing streak of the season at four games.

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