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Grizzlies top Heat, despite hibernating in 4th quarter

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Wesley Person scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Friday night as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Miami Heat 126-116 in overtime, despite squandering a 16-point fourth-quarter lead.

Seven Grizzlies finished with double figures and three recorded double-doubles. Pau Gasol had 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Jason Williams added 18 points and 15 assists as Memphis won for the fourth time in its last five home games.

Williams scored five points early in overtime and the Grizzlies never trailed the rest of the way.

Miami lost its sixth straight on the road. The Heat have dropped eight of their last 10 overall.

PACERS 107, BUCKS 98: In Indianapolis, Brad Miller scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Reggie Miller had 20 points as the Indiana Pacers snapped a six-game losing streak. Ron Artest returned for the Pacers after a serving a one-game suspension for disciplinary reasons. Artest, who did not start for the first time this year, scored 17 points and helped Indiana end its longest losing skid since 1993.

The Bucks, who trailed by as many as 21, opened the fourth with a 13-2 run and pulled within nine. They couldn't sustain the rally though and fell behind Washington for the final playoff spot in the East.

Sam Cassell scored 23, Desmond Mason had 21 and Payton 19 for the Bucks, who lost their third straight.

TIMBERWOLVES 118, CAVALIERS 95: In Minneapolis, Wally Szczerbiak scored 25 points and Kevin Garnett added 20 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves won their sixth straight.

Minnesota shot a season-high 57 percent and tied a franchise low with four turnovers as it extended its home winning streak to 16 games and finished February an NBA-best 12-1.

Troy Hudson added 18 points and a career-high 15 assists for the Wolves. All five Minnesota starters finished in double figures for the second consecutive game.

Dajuan Wagner and Darius Miles scored 16 points each to lead the Cavaliers, who fell to 3-27 on the road.

CELTICS 90, RAPTORS 85: In Boston, Antoine Walker scored 22 points and rookie J.R. Bremer added 20 as the Boston Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors despite playing without Paul Pierce for the first time in more than three years. Walker sealed the game when he hit a 17-foot fadeaway from the left side with 18.8 seconds left.

The Celtics won their second straight game while Toronto has lost three of four after a four-game winning streak. The Raptors fell to 6-21 on the road.

Vince Carter led the Raptors with 18 points while Antonio Davis added 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Pierce, who had played in 257 consecutive games, the third-longest streak among active players, sat out because of a lower back he strained while slipping on ice last Saturday. The last game Pierce missed was on Jan. 26, 2000 at Orlando because of a hamstring pull.

HAWKS 110, BULLS 88: In Chicago, Jason Terry had 23 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double as the Atlanta Hawks stopped a three-game losing streak with a rare road victory.

Atlanta is 6-24 away from home this season.

Terry set career highs for assists and rebounds, and also shot 10-for-14. Glenn Robinson also scored 23 points and Ira Newble had 13 for Atlanta.

Eddy Curry and Jay Williams each scored 16 points for Chicago.

KNICKS 118, MAGIC 110, 2OT: In New York, Latrell Sprewell had his second career triple-double and scored New York's first 16 points of the two overtimes as the Knicks ended the Orlando Magic's four-game winning streak.

The 3 hour, 31 minute game was lengthened by a halftime ceremony to retire Patrick Ewing's uniform No. 33, and the Big Fella stuck around almost until the very end as his former team of 15 years defeated the team he spent his final season with.

Sprewell had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his first triple-double since March 28, 1997 when he was with Golden State. He shot 9-for-25 from the field, making six 3-pointers.

Tracy McGrady had 34 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds for the Magic, whose winning streak was their longest of the season.

HORNETS 94, NUGGETS 88: In Denver, Jamal Mashburn had 24 points and nine rebounds, and David Wesley scored 18 points as the New Orleans Hornets sent the Denver Nuggets to their 11th straight loss. Jamaal Magloire added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets. New Orleans was 16-for-19 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, including 5-of-6 by Wesley, in winning its fifth straight.

Juwan Howard had 24 points and Nene Hilario added 23 points and 10 rebounds for Denver. The Nuggets were only 8-for-23 shooting in the final period.

SUPERSONICS 107, LAKERS 90: In Seattle, Ray Allen had 29 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double as the Seattle SuperSonics snapped the Los Angeles Lakers' six-game winning streak with a 107-90 victory Friday.

TRAIL BLAZERS 109, CLIPPERS 103: In Portland, Scottie Pippen had 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Portland Trail Blazers fought off the Los Angeles Clippers 109-103 Friday night for their third straight win.

Zach Randolph added 21 points and 12 rebounds in place of Rasheed Wallace, who didn't play because of a sore left Achilles' tendon.

The Blazers have won five straight against the Clippers. Los Angeles, playing for a second game without injured star forward Elton Brand, has lost four straight.