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Heat hits just 17 shots; Wizards fall

The Baltimore Sun

Kevin Garnett scored twice before Miami made a basket, and the host Boston Celtics held the Heat to 17 field goals - the fewest in the NBA's shot-clock era - and coasted to an 88-62 victory yesterday.

The matchup of the NBA's best team and its worst was even more lopsided than anticipated. Boston was up 27-4 after 10 minutes, and Celtics coach Doc Rivers started subbing for his starters just 7:10 into the game. Boston's backups finished the first quarter and handled most of the second and all of the fourth. No starter played more than 25 minutes.

Leon Powe had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Boston, and Garnett finished with 12 points, five assists and eight rebounds in 21 minutes.

Ricky Davis had 14 points and six rebounds and Chris Quinn had scored 14 with eight assists for the Heat (13-60), which lost its third straight and sixth out of seven to solidify its hold on the worst record in the NBA.

The previous record for fewest field goals in a game came against Miami in April 1999, when the Chicago Bulls managed only 18.

Lakers 126, Wizards 120, OT -- Rookie Nick Young and DeShawn Stevenson each scored 27 points in Washington's loss to Los Angeles. Caron Butler added 17 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for the Wizards, whose two-game winning streak ended. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 26 points, six in overtime.

Warriors 114, Mavericks 104 -- Monta Ellis scored 30 points and Kelenna Azubuike hit two clutch shots down the stretch to help host Golden State beat Dallas and create a three-way tie for seventh place in the Western Conference. With nine games remaining, Dallas, Golden State and Denver are even at 45-28. Josh Howard scored 36 to lead the Mavericks in his third straight 30-point game since Nowitzki went down with the injury.

Spurs 109, Rockets 88 -- Tony Parker and Michael Finley scored 22 points apiece and host San Antonio easily defeated Houston for its seventh straight victory. The Spurs, who shot 53 percent from the field, had the lead for nearly the entire game and led by as many as 25 points. Luis Scola scored a season-high 24 points for the Rockets, and Tracy McGrady and Rafer Alston each had 13 points after shooting a combined 9-for-38.

Timberwolves 110, Jazz 103 -- Al Jefferson had 22 points and eight rebounds in host Minnesota's victory over Utah. The Jazz are an NBA-best 32-4 at home but just 16-22 on the road.

Cavaliers 91, 76ers 88 -- LeBron James made a twisting bank shot with 19.3 seconds left to put host Cleveland ahead to stay against Philadelphia. James finished with 26 points.

Hornets 118, Raptors 111 -- David West scored 32 points and Chris Paul had 20 points and 16 assists to lead visiting New Orleans past Toronto. The Hornets reached 50 wins for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

Hawks 114, Knicks 109 -- Marvin Williams scored 27 points to help host Atlanta defeat New York and increase its lead over New Jersey to 2 1/2 games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Jamal Crawford led the Knicks with 39 points.

Kings 120, SuperSonics 107 -- Kevin Martin scored 31 points, Ron Artest added 29 and visiting Sacramento broke away in the final period for a victory over Seattle.

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