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What a ‘relief’ — Cavs win

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The Cleveland Cavaliers figured that if they kept scoring and the Minnesota Timberwolves kept missing their shots, they'd finally win another game.

Wesley Person scored 27 points, Andre Miller had 17 points and 12 assists and the Cavaliers used a 45-4 run to snap a 12-game losing streak with a 114-81 rout of the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

Cleveland hadn't won since Jan. 2, and the Cavs didn't figure to stop their longest losing skid in 20 years against the Timberwolves, who came in with the NBA's third-best record.

"No one ever gave us a chance against Minnesota," Person said. "They said, 'Oh, another L.' It's a relief."

The Cavaliers made 12 of 13 field-goal attempts and outscored the Timberwolves 45-4 in a 9:37 stretch bridging the second and third quarters. Minnesota missed 15 of 16 shots during Cleveland's run.

Kevin Garnett scored 14 points but missed his last nine shots for the Timberwolves. Wally Szczerbiak, selected as a Western Conference All-Star reserve, had just three points and didn't score until there was just 4:57 left in the fourth.

"There's no explanation," Szczerbiak said. "We have to figure it out as a team."

PISTONS 89, WIZARDS 86: Clifford Robinson hit a 19-foot jumper with 18.8 seconds remaining as Detroit won at Washington.

Jerry Stackhouse had 24 points, six rebounds and six assists but was 1-for-6 in the final quarter as the Wizards overcame a 12-point deficit.

Michael Jordan scored 32 for the Wizards, whose two-game winning streak was stopped.

LAKERS 127, HAWKS 93: Kobe Bryant scored 20 of his 32 points in the first quarter as Los Angeles routed Atlanta.

The defending NBA champions stopped a minislump — they had lost three of four — with a dominating performance against the league's worst defensive team. Los Angeles had a season high in points, racing to a 68-41 lead at halftime.

KNICKS 78, 76ERS 71: Charlie Ward scored 11 of his season-high 14 points in the final 12 minutes to lead New York past Philadelphia.

The Knicks extended their winning streak to a season-high four games and held the 76ers to their lowest point total of the season.

BUCKS 109, CELTICS 90: Sam Cassell scored 20 points, and Glenn Robinson and Ray Allen added 19 apiece as Milwaukee pulled away in the second half for a victory over Boston.

Celtics forward Paul Pierce left midway through the fourth quarter after reaggravating his sprained left wrist and did not return.

CLIPPERS 117, MAVERICKS 100: Jeff McInnis scored a season-high 31 points, including three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes, as visiting Los Angeles won at Dallas and ended the Mavericks' seven-game winning streak.

HORNETS 78, SPURS 73: Reserve Bryce Drew scored 15 points as Charlotte snapped a two-game losing streak with a win at San Antonio.

Minutes after the game, the Alamodome was evacuated because of a bomb threat called into a city emergency dispatcher. Authorities let people re-enter the building after a one-hour search, with facility manager Kevin Duvall saying no explosives were found.

ROCKETS 100, WARRIORS 96 (OT): Steve Francis had 33 points and 12 rebounds, and Kenny Thomas added 23 points as Houston rallied from 13 points down to beat Golden State and win consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 6-8.

HEAT 100, NUGGETS 94 (OT): Eddie Jones scored 37 points, including a crucial three-point play in overtime, as visiting Miami beat Denver for the 12th straight time.

SUNS 91, BULLS 90: Shawn Marion had 24 points and 10 rebounds, including a 20-foot jumper that proved to be the winning basket as Phoenix escaped with a victory over Chicago.

TRAIL BLAZERS 92, SUPERSONICS 86: Dale Davis had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Bonzi Wells scored 19 points to lead Portland to a road win over Seattle.

Gary Payton scored 27 points for Seattle.