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Sonic doom: Peeler rips Seattle

T-Wolves 119, Sonics 111

Gary Payton had the game of his career. Anthony Peeler, however, had the game of the night.

Peeler's 3-pointer with 16.3 seconds left in regulation tied the score, and he made two more 3s in overtime Sunday, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 119-111 victory over Seattle.

"It was a devastating loss for us," Sonics forward Vin Baker said.

Minnesota is eighth in the Western Conference. Seattle is five games behind the Wolves in the race for the final playoff spot.

Payton scored a career-high 44 points, and his two free throws with 19.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter gave Seattle a 103-101 lead. But Peeler tied the game off a pass from Kevin Garnett.

"I don't have much trouble getting open," Peeler said. "The hard part is hitting the shots. It's great that we have a leader who's willing to pass the ball."

Payton, who failed to score a field goal in the game's final 11 minutes, 51 seconds, missed a potential game-winning jumper with 2 seconds left in regulation. Payton played all 53 minutes, shot 18-of-30 from the field and had nine assists and seven rebounds.

Newly acquired guard Felipe Lopez got instructions from coach Flip Saunders to put the clamps on Payton.

"It's my third game with the team and Coach says, 'Go guard Gary Payton,' " Lopez said. "The coaches on this team have a lot of confidence in all the players."

Peeler finished with 24 points, and Garnett had 26 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists as the Timberwolves rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

"We can't give up games like this," Payton said. "This is a game we gave up to them. This hurts us more than it benefits them."

RAPTORS 98, KNICKS 88: Vince Carter scored 25 points as Toronto won its fifth straight game. The Knicks, who have lost seven straight on the road, again played without Marcus Camby, who has back spasms.

It was the teams' first meeting since they exchanged point guards at the Feb. 22 trade deadline. Toronto's Chris Childs had 12 points, three assists and two turnovers, while Mark Jackson had four points, three assists and two turnovers for New York.

Latrell Sprewell scored 27 for the Knicks, who have lost six straight regular-season games against Toronto.

PISTONS 93, MAGIC 84: Jerry Stackhouse scored 26 points, and Corliss Williamson had 22 and 16 rebounds to help Detroit end a four-game losing streak.

Playing at home, Detroit led by as many as 22 points before hanging on to win.

Ben Wallace added 10 points and 20 rebounds for the Pistons but missed seven free throws in the final four minutes.

Tracy McGrady led Orlando with 25 points.

HORNETS 116, CELTICS 97 Jamal Mashburn scored 27 points and Baron Davis 24 as Charlotte ended Boston's seven-game home winning streak.

David Wesley had 22 points and eight assists, and P.J. Brown added 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Hornets, who have won seven straight.

Antoine Walker scored 27 points and Paul Pierce 24 for the Celtics, who absorbed their first home loss since Jan. 12. It was Boston's longest winning streak at the FleetCenter since the building opened for the 1995-96 season.

NETS 120, PACERS 96: Stephon Marbury scored 25 points to lead five New Jersey players in double figures as the Nets snapped an 11-game road losing streak.

Marbury also had 10 assists, while Keith Van Horn and reserve Johnny Newman had 23 points each and Kenyon Martin added 19.

Indiana's ReggieMiller scored 15 of his 24 points in the third quarter.

HEAT 91, CAVALIERS 79: Anthony Mason had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Miami to victory at Cleveland.

Tim Hardaway and Eddie Jones added 18 points each for the Heat, who won for the fourth time in five games following a three-game losing streak.

LamondMurray and AndreMiller each scored 14 points for Cleveland, which lost for the 16th time in 18 games and is 7-29 since Dec. 16.

LAKERS 110, WARRIORS 95: Shaquille O'Neal had 26 points and 15 rebounds as the Lakers gained their sixth straight home victory. Kobe Bryant added 22 points in his third game back since being sidelined for three games with sore ankles.

Marc Jackson led Golden State with 22 points, while reserve Bob Sura added 19.

Jackson and Greg Foster tangled under the basket with 7:56 remaining. Foster received two technicals and was ejected, while Jackson earned a technical.