Friday, March 28th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
ORLANDO, Florida (AP) _ Tracy McGrady scored seven of his 30 points in the final 3:54 and outdueled Minnesota's Kevin Garnett to help the Orlando Magic defeat the Timberwolves 110-107 Thursday.
The Magic, who have won six of their past seven games, sealed the win with a 13-3 run.
McGrady, who also had 10 assists, extended his streak of 30-point games to 12, despite being hounded by Garnett.
Garnett had 26 points and 14 rebounds for his 20th double-double in his last 21 games. Wally Szczerbiak added 22 points for Minnesota, which had won four straight.
McGrady's two free throws with 24.4 seconds remaining put Orlando up 106-104 _ its first lead since 7-6 _ and capped a run of nine straight points in a span of 2:10.
Kings 93, Clippers 83
In Sacramento, California, Chris Webber had 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists in three quarters as the Kings easily beat Los Angeles for their fifth straight win.
Vlade Divac added 13 rebounds for Sacramento, which lowered its magic number for winning a second consecutive Pacific Division title to four. Any combination of Kings victories and Portland losses totaling four will do it.
Corey Maggette was the only Los Angeles starter to score in double figures, finishing with 14 points. Melvin Ely added 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who lost their fourth straight and 10th successive game at Sacramento.
Spurs 98, Rockets 85
In San Antonio, Stephen Jackson scored 27 points and Tim Duncan added 25 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists to lead San Antonio over Houston.
The Rockets trimmed a 20-point third-quarter lead to 11 in the final period, but Jackson stopped the slide by hitting the last of his five 3-pointers with 5:16 remaining.
The loss dropped Houston (37-35) a half-game behind idle Phoenix in the race for the eighth and final postseason berth in the Western Conference.
Cuttino Mobley led the Rockets with 21 points.
Duncan scored 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting in the half, while Mobley, Steve Francis and Yao Ming shot just 4-of-18 for nine points. Francis finished with eight points.