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NBA REPORT / Mutombo a One-Man Show: 27 Points and 29 Rebounds

Dikembe Mutombo shot 11-for-11 and had 27 points and 29

rebounds as the host Atlanta Hawks beat the reeling Minnesota Timberwolves,

105-94, last night.

Mutombo's rebound total was the highest in the NBA since Dennis Rodman grabbed

29 for Chicago against Atlanta on Dec. 27, 1997. It was two shy of Mutombo's

career high of 31 and offset an outstanding night by Kevin Garnett.

Garnett had the sixth triple-double of the NBA season with 22 points, 15

rebounds and 10 assists. Garnett was coming off a horrible outing Saturday in

which he missed 14 consecutive shots and committed eight turnovers.

In recording the seventh 20-20 game of his nine-year NBA career, Mutombo upped

his league-high rebounding average to 14.8.

The Timberwolves lost their sixth straight.

Cavaliers 115, Celtics 88: Bob Sura had 22 points and 10 assists and Lamond

Murray added 20 points as Cleveland sent Boston to its seventh straight road

loss.

With Shawn Kemp in foul trouble most of the night, Mark Bryant came off the

bench and added 12 points for Cleveland. Kemp played just 16 minutes and scored

16 points. Wesley Person added 15 points for the Cavs, who had six players in

double figures and made 23 of 24 free throws. Rookie guard Andre Miller had a

season-high nine assists in 21 minutes.

Jazz 101, Wizards 80: Karl Malone scored 11 of his 34 points in the third

quarter to help visiting Utah take command and stretch its winning streak to

six.

Utah outscored Washington 29-14 in the third quarter and pulled away with a

14-1 run midway through the period. Malone scored all 11 of his points during

that stretch as the Wizards went without a basket for 6 minutes, 42 seconds.

Malone had a strong second half, scoring 24 of his points as the Jazz turned a

close game into a rout. Malone also had 12 rebounds for his seventh straight

double-double. He also had five assists.

Utah looked sluggish on offense in the first half, but the Jazz made seven of

its first nine shots from the field in the third quarter, turning a 44-43

halftime deficit into a 63-52 lead.

Kobe's an Owner. Kobe Bryant has bought a 50-percent stake in the Italian

professional basketball team that his father used to play for. Bryant, the

21-year-old guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, will be partners with Pasquale

Caputo in ownership of Olimpia Milano, which has won 25 Italian League

championships. It is believed to be the first time a professional basketball

player has acquired a substantial interest in another pro team . . .The Phoenix

Suns are talking with their former coach, John MacLeod, about becoming an

assistant to new coach Scott Skiles. Skiles took over Monday after the abrupt

resignation of Danny Ainge. MacLeod, the former Knicks and Notre Dame coach,

coached Phoenix from 1973-1986.

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