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Sonics crush Timberwolves, 114-80

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Sam Perkins scored 18 points, one of seven players in double figures, as the Seattle SuperSonics rolled to a 114-80 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday in Seattle.

The Wolves, the second-highest scoring team in the league behind the Los Angeles Lakers, are 0-11 when held under 90 points. The Sonics forced the Wolves into 21 turnovers and converted them into 29 points.Seattle won its third straight game and took the season series from Minnesota 3-1.

Gary Payton had 13 points, 14 assists and five steals for Seattle. Reserve forward Jerome Kersey returned to action for the first time since Jan. 28 and had five points and 13 rebounds in 21 minutes.

Hersey Hawkins' 3-point shot gave Seattle its biggest lead, 102-70 with 6:41 left.

BULLS 96, SPURS 86: At San Antonio, Michael Jordan scored 30 points, including seven in the last four minutes, as the Chicago Bulls defeated the San Antonio Spurs.

Toni Kukoc added 21 points for the Bulls, who rebounded nicely after a surprising overtime loss to the lowly Dallas Mavericks on Thursday.

The Bulls entered the final period leading 68-59 and held the Spurs in check despite nine points by David Robinson. Jordan hit one of two free throws with 4:05 left, then followed up with six more points down the stretch to keep the Bulls in control.

Robinson led the Spurs with 35 points. Jaren Jackson scored 15 off the bench, and Tim Duncan had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

WIZARDS 83, HORNETS 80: At Charlotte, N.C., the Washington Wizards halted Charlotte's club-record 10-game winning streak, getting a runner in the lane from Chris Webber with 13 seconds left for the win.

Webber finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds and the Wizards overcame a nearly six-minute stretch without a field goal in the fourth quarter to win for the third time in four games.

Washington's Terry Davis had his best game of the season with 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Rod Strickland added 15 points and nine assists.

Charlotte's offense bogged down after Anthony Mason left with an ankle injury late in the second quarter. The Hornets shot 50 percent in the first half but 33 percent the rest of the way, losing for the first time in seven home games.

NETS 108, MAVERICKS 93: At Dallas, Kerry Kittles scored five of his 20 points during a decisive 10-0 fourth-quarter run and the New Jer-sey Nets snapped their season-high seven-game losing streak with a win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Chris Gatling had 24 points and Sam Cassell added 17 points and 10 assists as the Nets avoided their longest losing streak since the 1991-92 season.

New Jersey's Brian Evans came off the bench for 16 points, hitting three of four 3-pointers.

CAVALIERS 88, KNICKS 85, OT: At Cleveland, Shawn Kemp broke out of a scoring slump with 22 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 18 as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks.

Brevin Knight made two free throws with 14.9 seconds left in the extra period to put the Cavaliers ahead by three points. Derek Anderson then stole an inbounds pass, was fouled and made one of two from the line for the Cavs.

Wesley Person added a free throw to put Cleveland up by five with 5.1 seconds left. New York's Charlie Ward made two free throws with 2.3 seconds left, but the Knicks didn't get the ball back and lost their fourth straight on the road.

ROCKETS 89, KINGS 86: At Houston, Mario Elie's 3-pointer started Houston on a late 8-0 run and Charles Barkley hit three free throws in the final 15 seconds to lift the Rockets past Sacramento.

Trailing 84-79 with 3:58 left, Elie's 3-pointer started the run that put Houston ahead by three points with three seconds left.

After Elie's basket, Hakeem Olajuwon followed with two free throws and Barkley, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds, hit one free throw with 15 seconds to go and two more with three seconds left.

NUGGETS 92, BLAZERS 82: At Denver, the Denver Nuggets won consecutive games for the first time in more than a year.

The Nuggets, who defeated Vancouver two nights earlier for only their sixth win of the season, made it two in a row for the first time since Feb. 2 and 5, 1997 - a span of 98 games.

Cory Alexander added 14 points and nine assists, and Anthony Gold-wire and Dean Garrett each had 12 points for Denver.

76ERS 93, BUCKS 89: At Milwaukee, Steve Smith scored 27 points and Allen Iverson added 20 as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the injury-riddled Milwaukee Bucks.

Milwaukee, which has lost five straight games and eight of its past nine, was led by Ray Allen with 23 points and Elliot Perry with 21.

The Bucks, already without injured starters Terrell Brandon and Glenn Robinson, lost forward Tyrone Hill in the first period and reserve center Andrew Lang in the second.

Hill, who was carried off the court on a stretcher, fell to the court hard in a collision with several players while defending as Iverson drove to the basket. There was no report on his injury but a club spokesman said Hill, taken to a hospital for an examination, had feeling in his arms and legs. Lang injured his left knee and left the game.