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Heat 113, Timberwolves 108

March 23, 1997

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Alonzo Mourning came back strong, scoring 21 points Sunday in his first game in over a month to lead the Miami Heat to their sixth straight win, a come-from-behind 113-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Mourning also had eight rebounds in his first game back since suffering a foot injury against Portland on Feb. 21. The Heat were 9-4 in the 13 games Mourning missed.

Voshon Lenard and Tim Hardaway each added 22 points as the Heat recorded their 51st win.

Stephon Marbury led the Wolves with 27 points along with nine assists, while Tom Gugliotta added 25. The loss dropped the Timberwolves two games under .500 at 33-36.

Isaac Austin’s jump hook with 5:27 left in the third period tied the game at 71-71, but the Wolves used a 12-4 run to regain the lead. The spurt was puncutated by a flying slam and a long 3-point basket by Marbury.

Willie Anderson’s 3-pointer from the corner early in the fourth quarter capped a 10-2 run to give Miami an 86-85 lead _ the Heat’s first lead since they were ahead 7-6 early in the game. Anderson hit another 3-pointer 90 seconds later to exend the Heat’s lead to 91-87.

Dean Garrett’s two free throws tied the game at 97-97, but consecutive 3-pointers by Jamal Mashburn and Hardaway put Miami back on top for good.

Notes: The Timberwolves have not beaten a team with a winning record since Feb. 14, when they defeated Orlando... The Heat are 32-4 against teams with losing records... Gugliotta tied his own club record with his 28th double-double of the season. He scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds... A crowd of 19,006 gave the Timberwolves their sixth sellout of the season.

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