Alonzo Mourning returned from his injury a little earlier than expected Sunday, and his skills seemed to be just as sharp as they were when he got hurt.
After missing 13 games with a foot injury, Mourning was his old self Sunday, scoring 21 points and getting eight rebounds in the Miami Heat's 113-108 win over the Timberwolves.
It was the Heat's sixth straight victory.
"I'm at 95 percent," said Mourning, groaning as he took his sore foot out of a bucket of ice after the game. "I wasn't concerned about how many points I was going to score; I just wanted to get some good quality minutes that would contribute to a W."
Mourning hadn't played since tearing a tendon in his right foot Feb.
21 against Portland. It was expected he would return sometime next week, but he was taken off the injured list Sunday morning.
"We knew he was going to play because he made the flight," Minnesota center Dean Garrett said. "He had a physical presence; it seemed to help open up their outside shooting."
Voshon Lenard and Tim Hardaway each added 22 points as the Heat recorded its franchise-record 51st win.
Stephon Marbury led the Wolves with 27 points along with nine assists, and Tom Gugliotta added 25.
The loss dropped the Timberwolves two games under .500 at 33-35.