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April 28, 2004

Houston at Los Angeles Lakers (10:15 p.m. EDT). The Lakers try to close out the Rockets in Game 5.

STARS

Tuesday

_Kevin Garnett, Timberwolves, had 27 points, 14 rebounds and five assists to help Minnesota beat Denver 84-82 for a 3-1 series lead.

_Baron Davis, Hornets, had 23 points, 10 assists and no turnovers in New Orleans’ 96-85, series-tying win over Miami.

TOUGH NIGHT

Denver rookie Carmelo Anthony was 1-for-16 from the field Tuesday night in the Nuggets’ 84-82 loss to Minnesota.

TOP NEW KIDS

Cleveland’s LeBron James, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony and Miami’s Dwyane Wade were unanimous selections to the NBA All-Rookie Team on Tuesday. Toronto’s Chris Bosh and Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich also made the first team in voting by the league’s 29 head coaches.

SORRY SHOOTING

Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal is shooting just 31 percent from the foul line (13-for-42) in the Western Conference series against Houston. Los Angeles leads the series 3-1.

SWINGS

Dallas, which missed 14 combined free throws the first three games of the series, shot 20-for-33 from the line Monday night in a 94-92 loss to Sacramento. The Kings lead the series 3-1.

SPEAKING

``Showing your age is a misconception. Those first two games we took a lot of bad shots on their floor. We like to say the older you get, the smarter you become as a basketball player, and when you’ve got (opponents) that are more athletic and faster, you’ve got to find a way to slow it down and keep them from playing to their strengths.″ _ New Orleans forward George Lynch, who shot 5-for-6 and scored 11 points in 19 minutes in the Hornets’ 96-85 victory over Miami on Tuesday night. The series is tied 2-2.

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