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Spurs sock it to the Rockets

HOUSTON — Emanuel Ginobili scored a career-high 20 points and led five San Antonio players in double figures as the Spurs held off the Houston Rockets for a 97-88 victory Sunday.

The Spurs won for the 13th time in 14 games and improved their 2003 record to 22-4. Tim Duncan had 17 points, Tony Parker and Malik Rose each had 16, and David Robinson added points.

The Spurs never trailed and they were up 87-70 with 6:04 to play when the Rockets pulled within 94-88 with 52 seconds left. Glen Rice scored 11 of his 19 points in the final 5:43.

Steve Francis led the Rockets with 21 points, and Yao Ming had 14 points and nine rebounds.

The Spurs used a 12-4 run to build on their 51-39 advantage at halftime. Even an 11-1 run by the Rockets couldn't get their deficit under 10 points, and San Antonio kept Houston at bay and led 74-59 going into the fourth quarter.

TIMBERWOLVES 99, KNICKS 90: In Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett had 22 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists, and Wally Szczerbiak added 26 points and 11 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves won their seventh straight by beating the New York Knicks 99-90 Sunday. Garnett finished one assist short of a triple-double for the second straight game for the Wolves, who won their 17th straight at home.

BUCKS 120, HAWKS 93: In Milwaukee, Sam Cassell and Gary Payton combined for 52 points and 17 assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 120-93 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. Cassell finished with 28 points and seven assists before fouling out with 5:20 left. Payton added 24 points and 10 assists as Milwaukee stopped a three-game losing streak.

Atlanta's Glenn Robinson, playing in his first game in Milwaukee since being traded by the Bucks in the offseason, led Atlanta with 24 points.

RAPTORS 104, CELTICS 92: This time, the Toronto Raptors took advantage of Paul Pierce's absence. Vince Carter had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Antonio Davis scored 19 to lead five Raptors in double figures in Toronto's 104-92 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Boston's Antoine Walker had a season-high 38 points but was ejected after receiving two technical fouls in the last two minutes.

MAGIC 102, CAVALIERS 76: Tracy McGrady scored 28 points and rookie Gordan Giricek made two 3-pointers in Orlando's decisive third-quarter run Sunday, leading the Magic to a 102-76 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. McGrady didn't have to play in the fourth quarter as the Magic improved to 4-1 since acquiring Giricek and fellow rookie Drew Gooden in a Feb. 19 trade with Memphis.

HEAT 93, WIZARDS 83: The Miami Heat made nine consecutive shots in the second half and took advantage of a poor shooting night by Michael Jordan to beat the Washington Wizards 93-83 Sunday.

Jordan missed seven of his first eight attempts and finished 9-for-27, including two air balls.