Kevin Love had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Ricky Rubio contributed 14 points, 10 assists and five steals to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a resounding 100-81 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night in Minneapolis.
Nikola Pekovic had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which played surprisingly good defense against Kevin Durant and the Thunder. Durant scored 13 points on four-for-11 shooting, and the Thunder shot 35% and turned the ball over 21 times.
at Brooklyn 101, Miami 100: Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson scored 19 points each, and the Nets ended years of futility against the Heat, which had beaten them 13 consecutive times since March 2009. The two-time NBA champions got 26 points from LeBron James but lost their second in a row, their first losing streak in 10 months.
at Houston 113, Dallas 105: James Harden scored 34 points and Dwight Howard had 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 22 points but fouled out midway through the fourth quarter.
Portland 113, at Denver 98: LaMarcus Aldridge scored nine of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Trail Blazers, who spoiled the home debut of Denver Coach Brian Shaw and ended the Nuggets' 23-game regular-season home win streak. Their last regular-season home loss was on Jan. 18 against Washington.
Milwaukee 105, at Boston 98: Zaza Pachulia had 20 points and nine rebounds, including two free throws with 44 seconds left for Milwaukee's first lead since the opening basket, and the Bucks rallied from a 22-point third-quarter deficit to spoil the home debut of new Celtics Coach Brad Stevens.
at Orlando 110, New Orleans 90: Arron Afflalo scored 30 points for the Magic.
at Phoenix 87, Utah 84: Eric Bledsoe's three-pointer with 0.7 of a second to play won it for the Suns.
Clippers 110, at Sacramento 101
San Antonio at Lakers, late