© Reuters. NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Utah Jazz
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points with 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied from a 17-point deficit to stun the Utah Jazz (101-96) Saturday night in Salt Lake City.
Anthony Edwards contributed 23 points with nine boards, five steals and four assists, D’Angelo Russell scored 23 points and Josh Okogie hit two free throws 6.2 seconds to seal the surprise for Minnesota.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 points but the Jazz didn’t have enough attack without injured all-star Donovan Mitchell (sprained right ankle) while losing at home for the fourth time in 30 games this season.
Although Utah took the 40-26 lead and seemed on the way to an expected win against a team already knocked out of the playoffs, the Jazz only scored 18, 16 and 22 points over the next three quarters.
Knicks 120, Raptors 103
Julius Randle scored 31 points and 10 rebounds as hosts New York extended their winning streak to nine games with a win over Toronto.
It’s the longest streak for the Knicks (34-27) since winning 13 straight from March 18 to April 9, 2013.
RJ Barrett scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half and amassed 12 rebounds for New York. Derrick Rose added 19 points and seven assists, and Reggie Bullock threw in 16 points. The Knicks shot 56.0 percent, made 16 3-point points and won their seventh home game in a row.
Dollar 132, 76er 94
Giannis Antetokounmpo amassed 24 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to lift hosts Milwaukee over Philadelphia.
Antetokounmpo advanced to second place in franchise history with points (12,023) ahead of Glenn Robinson (12,010). Antetokounmpo only follows Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (14,211) to receive the highest award for the money.
Bobby Portis added 17 points, Bryn Forbes and Jordan Nwora had 13 each, and Jrue Holiday had 12 points and four steals. Pat Connaughton and Donte DiVincenzo each contributed 11 points for the money.
Mavericks 108, Lakers 93
Behind Luka Doncic’s ingenious death, hosts Dallas came from behind to knock out Los Angeles and streamline the Western Conference’s postseason picture.
Doncic finished with 18 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds. Dwight Powell hit a game high of 25 points on 11-of-12 and added nine rebounds. Dorian Finney-Smith scored 21 points and seven rebounds for Dallas, which ranks sixth in the west and is 1 1/2 games behind fifth in Los Angeles.
With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who sustained a late scratch due to a sprained right ankle, Ben McLemore started as a Laker for the first time and went 6:10 from a distance with 20 points. Anthony Davis played his second game since missing 20 with a load on the right calf, scoring 17 points in 28 minutes. However, he only shot 5:19 from the field.
Pacemaker 115, piston 109
Malcolm Brogdon had 26 points and Caris LeVert finished the race on 25 points to lead understaffed Indiana to a home win over Detroit.
Indiana won its second straight game overall and at home, moving to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference within one game behind the Charlotte Hornets.
Jerami Grant led the Pistons with 25 points, adding five rebounds and four assists. Mason Plumlee scored 17 points and 21 rebounds as Detroit left Indiana 62-39 and was still losing.
Heat 106, cops 101
Duncan Robinson scored 23 points at team level and Jimmy Butler scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter when hosts Miami beat Chicago.
Miami led by up to 24 points before Chicago reduced its deficit to three points at 7:09 in the fourth quarter. But the Bulls didn’t get any closer until a Coby White Dunk, 15.8 seconds ahead, shortened Miami’s lead to 103-101.
Chicago was led by Nikola Vucevic, who had 26 points, 14 rebounds at game height and six assists at team height. In 33 career games against Miami, he has 19 doubles, eight of which are out of the last nine. White added a game high of 31 points for the Bulls.
Spurs 110, pelicans 108
DeMar DeRozan scored 11 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and San Antonio held back hosts New Orleans.
Derrick White added 22 points, Keldon Johnson had 14 and Dejounte Murray had 11 as Spurs 9th (30-29) extended their lead over 11th New Orleans (26-34) in the battle for a place in the Western Conference game – in tournament.
The win also gave San Antonio a head-to-head tiebreaker as it won the season series 2–1. Zion Williamson had 33 points and 14 rebounds, and Lonzo Ball (NYSE 🙂 and Brandon Ingram each scored 24 for the Pelicans.
Nuggets 129, Rockets 116
Michael Porter Jr. set his best with 39 points and eight 3-pointers to help Denver beat Houston.
Nikola Jokic had 24 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds as Denver (39-21) won their 13th time in their last 16 games. PJ Dozier had the best 23 points of his career in 10-of-13 and JaMychal Green had 10 points for the Nuggets.
DJ Wilson scored the top 25 points of his career for Houston, losing for the ninth time in the last 10 games and the 36th time in the last 40.
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