NBA: Timberwolves beat Nets after Caris LeVert’s gruesome injury
Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Brooklyn Nets 120-113 on Monday after finally trading Jimmy Butler.
The Nets lost leading scorer Caris LeVert to what appeared to be a severe right leg injury late in the first half.
Jeff Teague returned from a six-game absence to score 24 points for Minnesota, which snapped a five-game losing streak.
The Timberwolves officially dealt Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, along with big man Justin Patton. The Wolves received Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick in the trade.
LeVert’s gruesome injury brought the entire crowd at Target Center to a silence. LeVert spent several minutes on the court being attended by medical personnel. Timberwolves players huddled in prayer while Nets players surrounded their injured teammate before he was wheeled off the court.
D’Angelo Russell made a career-high nine 3-pointers and scored 31 points for the Nets, who shot a season-worst 39.6 percent from the field.
Pelicans 126, at Raptors 110: Anthony Davis had 25 points and a season-high 20 rebounds, E’Twaun Moore scored a season-high 30 points and New Orleans snapped Toronto’s six-game winning streak.
Jrue Holiday had 29 points and matched a season high with 14 assists, and Julius Randle added 17 points and 12 rebounds as New Orleans won its third straight following a six-game losing streak.
The Pelicans outscored the Raptors 72-42 in the paint and snapped a six-game losing streak against Toronto.
Pascal Siakam scored 22 points, Kawhi Leonard had 20 and Serge Ibaka had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Raptors lost for the first time in eight home games this season. Toronto entered with an NBA-best 12-1 record.
76ers 124, at Heat 114: Joel Embiid scored 35 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and Philadelphia added to Miami’s early-season struggles.
The win came hours after the 76ers finalized a trade with Minnesota to land four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler, who was in Philadelphia and not with the club in Miami. Butler will be introduced at the 76ers’ facility in Camden, New Jersey, on Tuesday, before he flies to Orlando and makes his debut with Philly on Wednesday night against the Magic.
JJ Redick scored 25 points, Furkan Korkmaz scored 16 and Ben Simmons and Mike Muscala each had 13 for Philadelphia.
Goran Dragic scored 22 points for Miami, which got 17 from Josh Richardson and 14 from Wayne Ellington. The Heat have dropped three straight, all of them at home.
Jazz 96, at Grizzlies 88: Joe Ingles scored 19 points, Rudy Gobert added 15 points and 16 rebounds and Utah won its third straight.
The Jazz broke open a close game in the final six minutes with a 14-5 run. Gobert had eight points in the stretch as Utah built its lead to 11 points in the late stages.
Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell finished with 12 points apiece for Utah.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 24 points, while Marc Gasol added 16. Jaren Jackson Jr. and MarShon Brooks finished with 10 points each, and Jackson had 11 rebounds.
The loss was the first at home for Memphis this season.
at Thunder 118, Suns 101: Paul George matched his season high with 32 points and went 6 of 10 from 3-point range, Dennis Schroder added 20 points and nine assists, and Oklahoma City beat Phoenix.
The Thunder have won eight of their last nine games after a 0-4 start while the Suns have lost four straight and 11 of their last 12. Two of those losses have come in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City scored 22 straight points in the first quarter, holding the Suns scoreless for nearly seven minutes, to take a 24-5 lead. The Thunder never trailed again and led by as many as 28 points in the second quarter before settling for a 64-40 halftime lead.
T.J. Warren led the Suns with 21 points while Devin Booker had 19 points and six assists.
at Wizards 117, Magic 109: John Wall had 25 points and 10 assists, Bradley Beal added 21 points and Washington won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating Orlando.
Jeff Green added 18 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting for Washington, which lost at Orlando on Friday night to fall to 2-9 before winning at Miami.
The Wizards made 24 free throws on 33 attempts, 22 more than the Magic earned, and out-rebounded the visitors 41-34.
Terrence Ross scored 21 points off the bench to lead Orlando, which saw a two-game winning streak snapped.
Mavericks 103, at Bulls 98: Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 23 points and Dallas overcame a sluggish performance by prized rookie Luka Doncic to beat Chicago.
Doncic, the leading scorers among NBA rookies, shot 3 for 12 and finished with 11 points as Dallas won for the third time in four games after a six-game skid. J.J. Barea added 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Zach LaVine led Chicago with 26 points. Jabari Parker scored all but two of his 16 points in the second half.
at Kings 104, Spurs 99: Iman Shumpert made a tiebreaking jumper with 4:05 remaining, De’Aaron Fox and Nemanja Bjelica followed with 3-pointers and the Sacramento Kings pulled away to beat San Antonio 104-99 on Monday night, ending a 14-game losing streak to the Spurs.
Fox finished with 19 points and seven assists. Willie Cauley-Stein had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 points for the Kings.
Sacramento led the entire third quarter but didn’t shake San Antonio until late in the fourth.
DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge made back-to-back long jumpers to tie the score at 90-all with 5:11 remaining. The Spurs went cold after that and made three baskets down the stretch, all of them 3-pointers.
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