NBA roundup: Wolves stun Warriors in OT
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Minnesota Timberwolves stalled the Golden State Warriors’ pursuit of history Tuesday, riding a fourth-quarter comeback and Andrew Wiggins’ nine points in overtime to a shocking, 124-117 victory.
Minnesota, which trailed by 15 points in the first quarter and 17 with just 18 minutes to go, held Golden State without a field goal for the final 2:23 of regulation, then scored the first four points of the overtime session to propel itself to the unlikely win.
Karl-Anthony Towns had two key hoops midway through the overtime to keep the Warriors at bay, helping deny Golden State a 70th win on the season. Shabazz Muhammad had a career-high 35 points, and Wiggins added 32 for Minnesota.
The Warriors (69-9) still have a chance to beat the Chicago Bulls’ all-time record win total of 72, but now they must sweep their final four games, including a Thursday home showdown with the San Antonio Spurs (65-12).
Grizzlies 108, Bulls 92
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Zach Randolph scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Memphis snapped its six-game losing streak with a victory over Chicago.
The Bulls saw their dwindling playoff chances grow smaller. They entered Tuesday two games behind Detroit and Indiana for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and have just four games left to play.
Chicago trailed by 10 at halftime. Although the Bulls cut the lead to seven early in the third quarter, the Grizzlies were up by many as 22 points late in the quarter and led 83-65 going into the fourth. The Bulls never got the lead down to single digits.
Thunder 124, Nuggets 102
DENVER — Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 12 assists and 14 rebounds for his 17th triple-double of the season, and Oklahoma City routed Denver.
Westbrook recorded his eighth triple-double since the beginning of March and the 35th of his career. He is the first player to have 17 triple-doubles in a season since Magic Johnson did it for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1988-89.
Enes Kanter had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Dion Waiters and Serge Ibaka scored 18 apiece for the Thunder. Gary Harris led the Nuggets with 17 points.
Spurs 88, Jazz 86
SALT LAKE CITY — Kawhi Leonard hit a late game-winning shot and San Antonio held off Utah.
Leonard scored 18 points, but none were more clutch than the mid-range jumper he sank to beat the shot clock with four seconds remaining. Tim Duncan only had three points, but he registered his 1,000th career NBA victory.
The Jazz, fighting for their first playoff appearance since 2012, looked outmatched early in the fourth quarter before fighting out of a 16-point deficit to take a late lead. Rodney Hood scored 23 points, including 13 in the fourth-quarter rally. The second-year shooting guard had a chance to win the game, but his step-back 3-pointer bounced off the front of the rim, and time ran out on the Jazz’s comeback.
Raptors 96, Hornets 90
TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan had 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists and the Toronto Raptors held on to defeat the Charlotte Hornets 96-90 on Tuesday night.
It was the 30th win at home for the Raptors (52-25) this season, equaling the franchise record set in 2006-07.
The Raptors also won the season series between the teams 2-1 for the first time since 2009-10.
The Raptors led by 19 points in the third quarter before the Hornets cut the margin to nine in the fourth quarter.
Cavaliers 109, Bucks 80
MILWAUKEE — JR Smith scored 21 points and LeBron James and Kevin Love added 17 each as Cleveland cruised to a victory over Milwaukee at the Bradley Center, extending its winning streak to four games.
Giannis Antetokounmpo flirted with his franchise-record sixth triple-double of the season, finishing with a team-high 22 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, but the Bucks never had anything close to resembling a chance against the Cavaliers, who shot 54.7 percent from the floor and made 18 of 36 3-point attempts.
The Cavs hit 7 of 10 3-pointers in the first quarter alone to jump out to an early 16-point lead.
Hawks 103, Suns 90
ATLANTA — Atlanta overcame a ragged first half and a big game from Phoenix rookie guard Devin Booker to stay on top of the Southeast Division.
The Hawks took advantage of 24 Suns turnovers and pulled away late for a victory despite 34 points from Booker.
Paul Millsap had 13 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists in a victory that kept the Hawks a half-game up on Miami and moved them 1 1/2 games ahead of Charlotte.
Heat 107, Pistons 89
MIAMI — Goran Dragic scored 107-99 points to lead Miami to a victory over Detroit.
Dragic shot 9-of-15 from the field and was perfect on his four 3-point attempts for the Heat, which remained in fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Heat were never threatened after an 11-0 run midway through the second period expanded a three-point lead into a double-digit advantage. Justise Winslow keyed the surge with five points and his three-point play with 5:52 remaining capped the run for a 40-26 lead for Miami, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
76ers 107, Pelicans 93
PHILADELPHIA — Reserve forward Carl Landry went 9 of 10 from the floor and scored 22 points as Philadelphia beat depleted New Orleans, ensuring that the 76ers will not share the mark for the worst full-season record in NBA history.
Isaiah Canaan added 16 points for the Sixers, who snapped a 12-game losing streak and improved to 10-68 with four games remaining in the season. Nik Stauskas and Hollis Thompson had 13 points apiece.
Philadelphia’s 1972-73 team fashioned the poorest full-season record at 9-73.
Trail Blazers 115, Kings 107
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — CJ McCollum scored 30 points, backcourt mate Damian Lillard added 22, and Portland topped Sacramento.
McCollum made 11 of 20 shots and knocked down five 3-pointers, including one from the left wing arc that capped a 7-0 run late in the fourth quarter and allowed Portland to put the Kings away.
Rajon Rondo put his name on another line in the Kings record book, recording his sixth triple-double of the season with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Rondo surpassed Chris Webber’s 1999-2000 triple-double total.
Clippers 103, Lakers 81
LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul scored 25 points and handed out eight assists in three quarters, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Los Angeles Lakers for the 10th consecutive time.
Paul converted 10 of 14 shots from the floor as the Clippers captured their sixth win in seven games. Metta World Peace led the Lakers with 17 points. Kobe Bryant scored six points, missing 10 of the 12 shots he took in 22 minutes.
The Lakers (16-61) tied their franchise mark for most losses in a season, set during last year’s campaign.