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Friday, 26 December 2008 17:23
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 NEW YORK (AP) -The Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a 13-game losing streak and won for the first time this season under Kevin McHale, getting a season-best 23 points from Rashad McCants in a 120-107 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.
Al Jefferson added 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who rode the combination of Jefferson's inside play and some sizzling 3-point shooting to win for the first time since beating Oklahoma City on Nov. 28. They had dropped their first eight games under McHale, who took over when Randy Wittman was fired Dec. 8.
Nate Robinson and Al Harrington each scored 26 points for the Knicks, who lost their fifth straight. Wilson Chandler scored 19.
Heat 90, Bulls 77
MIAMI (AP) - Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, Daequan Cook hit three big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as Miami pulled away, and the Heat eclipsed last season's win total by beating the Bulls.
Mario Chalmers had 16 points and six assists while Michael Beasley - the No. 2 pick in this year's draft, after the Bulls chose Derrick Rose - scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth for Miami (16-12), which won its fourth straight.
ordon had 15 points for the Bulls, who shot just 37 percent. Larry Hughes scored 13 for Chicago and Rose finished with only 10 on 3-for-14 shooting.
Bobcats 95, Nets 87
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Raymond Felton scored 22 points, Emeka Okafor added 21 and the new-look Bobcats won for the fourth time in five games with a victory over the Nets.
Boris Diaw and Felton hit clutch late baskets as the Bobcats held on after seeing a 15-point third-quarter lead dwindle to two points in the waning minutes.
Diaw, who finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, drove the lane for a basket with 3:01 to play after the Nets' Devin Harris hit a layup to cut the Charlotte lead to 83-81.
After Diaw's basket, the Nets had five shots on their next possession but they could not get one to fall.
Vince Carter had 19 points to lead the Nets.
 

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