Wolves Hit by Hot Curry as Rice Flops

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Dell Curry and Anthony Mason helped the Charlotte Hornets overcome a rare off-night by Glen Rice for a 115-101 victory Tuesday over the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Curry scored 30 points, and Mason had 24 points and 15 rebounds as the Hornets won for the 10th time in 13 games and improved to 9-0 against the Timberwolves in Charlotte.


Rice, who came in averaging 32.6 points over his past 18 games, was held to 24 on 9-of-20 shooting.


Tom Gugliotta had 35 points to lead Minnesota, which made just four field goals on the way to being outscored 36-15 in the decisive second quarter.


Magic 111, Pacers 87. In Orlando, Florida, Rony Seikaly scored 22 points and the Orlando Magic shut down Reggie Miller over the last three quarters to beat the Indiana Pacers, 111-87.


Miller led Indiana with 18 points, but missed 11 of 17 shots and only scored seven after a productive opening quarter.


The victory was the 11th in 13 games for Orlando, which has rebounded from an injury-related slow start to climb three games over .500 with one to play before this weekend's All-Star break.


Seikaly was 8-for-10 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds. Horace Grant had 18 points, and Penny Hardaway contributed 16 points and nine assists for the Magic.


Nets 111, Grizzlies 105. In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Rookie Kerry Kittles had a career-high 32 points as New Jersey defeated Vancouver, 111-105, despite a 40-point effort by the Grizzlies' Anthony Peeler.


Kendall Gill added 25 points, and Shawn Bradley had 16 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for the Nets, who learned just before the game that Jayson Williams, the NBA's second-leading rebounder, will undergo thumb surgery that might sideline him for the rest of the season.


Even without Williams, the Nets dominated inside, outrebounding the league's third-worst rebounding team, 62-41.


Mavericks 104, Kings 96. In Dallas, Sam Cassell hit all seven of his field goal attempts and finished with 20 points as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Sacramento Kings, 104-96.


George McCloud added 17 points for Dallas, while Derek Harper had 16, Jim Jackson 15 and Chris Gatling 14 for the Mavericks. McCloud, averaging 5.5 points over his previous six games, gave the Mavericks a lift in place of starting small forward Jamal Mashburn, who missed the game with a stomach virus. McCloud also had nine rebounds.


Mitch Richmond scored 31 points to pace the Kings, who had won five of their last seven games.


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