Trailing by 12 points with 4:27 left, having gone longer than that since they last scored, the Minnesota Timberwolves could've been thinking about finally getting home after a week on the road.
The Dallas Mavericks wish they had been.
Kevin Garnett made two free throws with 5.9 seconds left and Trenton Hassell blocked Jerry Stackhouse's long jumper at the buzzer, giving the Timberwolves an 83-82 victory Monday night in the Mavericks' first of several games without Dirk Nowitzki.
Minnesota led for a total of 26.5 seconds. Garnett had 21 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists.
"They are in their locker room trying to figure out how they lost," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "We are in here trying to figure out how we won."
"It's a big win because the Mavericks are going to be a team to be reckoned with in the West, with Dirk (Nowitzki) or without him," Garnett said. "It's an emotional win. It felt like a playoff atmosphere in the second half."
Nowitzki missed the game and likely will miss three or four more because of a sprained ankle.
Hornets win first
The New Orleans Hornets' win over the Utah Jazz moved the team out of a small club it never wanted to be in.
Jamaal Magloire led New Orleans with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Hornets became the second-to-last NBA team to win this season, 76-75.
Now they're 1-8 -- one win ahead of the Chicago Bulls (0-9).
"We leave all that to Chicago now," said P.J. Brown, who had nine rebounds.
The Hornets spoiled the evening for a sellout crowd of 19,911 on the night John Stockton's No. 12 was retired by the Jazz.
Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points apiece, and the Suns made sure Chicago remained the NBA's only winless team.
Ben Gordon scored 20 points for the Bulls, who matched a franchise record for consecutive losses to start a season. The 1967-68 Bulls also opened 0-9.
Around the rim
Bonzi Wells scored 26 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with less than a minute left to help the Grizzlies beat the Spurs, 93-90.
Raptors point guard Alvin Williams will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his right knee.
Clippers rookie Shaun Livingston, a 19-year-old player taken with the fourth pick in the draft, will miss at least two months because of a dislocated kneecap. Livingston hurt his right knee at practice Monday.