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MINNEAPOLIS — Wally Szczerbiak scored 34 points and Kevin Garnett had 32 as the Timberwolves topped the Lakers 120-102 in a matchup of two of the West's top four teams.

Szczerbiak and Garnett each grabbed nine rebounds, and Garnett had eight assists to go with his 23 first-half points.

Minnesota was 30-for-32 from the foul line, and its 120-point effort was the highest against the Lakers this year.

Shaquille O'Neal had 29 points and seven rebounds, and Kobe Bryant scored 23 points for Los Angeles.

BUCKS 105, WIZARDS 86: Tim Thomas dominated Michael Jordan in the first quarter, and the Bucks had no trouble with the Wizards the rest of the way.

Thomas, matched against Jordan early, outscored him 16-2 in the first 12 minutes as the Bucks opened a big early lead and cruised past Washington Friday night, snapping the Wizards' four-game winning streak.

TRAIL BLAZERS 92, MAGIC 84: Damon Stoudamire had 10 of his 25 points in the first quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers ended their Eastern Conference road trip with 3-1 record.

The Blazers also got 19 points from Rasheed Wallace and 18 from Ruben Patterson. Scottie Pippen added 10 rebounds and 10 assists, but scored only two points on 0-for-5 shooting.

Stoudamire's strong start was a continuation from the Blazers' 92-85 win at Miami a night earlier. Against the Heat, he had 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Portland overcame a 17-point deficit.

HORNETS 92, CLIPPERS 91 (OT): Baron Davis banked in a driving layup with 1.5 seconds to play in overtime to give the Hornets their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Davis inbounded the ball after a timeout to Elden Campbell, who handed it right back. Davis juked around two defenders and into the lane for the shot.

SIXERS 101, SPURS 84: Allen Iverson scored 37 points and the Philadelphia 76ers used a strong defensive effort to beat the San Antonio Spurs Friday night.

In Philadelphia's first game since Iverson criticized coach Larry Brown, the defending Eastern Conference champions played one of their best games of the year against the NBA's second-best team.

The Sixers, just 16-20 this season, forced the Spurs into a season-high 20 turnovers and held San Antonio to 29-of-75 (39 percent) shooting.

PACERS 97, BULLS 90: Jalen Rose rediscovered his shooting touch, scoring 38 points as Indiana kept Chicago winless on the road this season.

Rose matched his total production for the last four games, hitting 13 of 21 shots from the field and all nine of his free throws.

CELTICS 104, PISTONS 90: Paul Pierce scored 16 points to offset a poor shooting night by Antoine Walker as Boston beat Detroit.

Walker finished with a season-low five points and saw his consecutive streak of scoring in double figures end at 126 games. Walker, who was questionable with a knee injury, was 1-of-14 from the field but had 11 rebounds and seven assists.

RAPTORS 94, HAWKS 91 (OT): Alvin Williams scored a career-high 28 points, including a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in overtime, to lead the Raptors.

Williams, whose previous best was 24 against Indiana on Dec. 19, scored seven points in OT. Williams also had seven assists and seven rebounds.