Rose scores career-high 50 points, Timberwolves beat Jazz
An emotional Rose was in tears after the game as he walked off the court serenaded by chants of “MVP! MVP!” from the home crowd. The 30-year-old point guard has been derailed by injuries since winning the 2011 NBA MVP award.
He had 34 points in the second half and 15 in a tightly contested fourth quarter as the Wolves held off the Jazz, who waived Rose in February after a two-day stint.
Rose shot 19 of 31 from the field and hit four 3-pointers. He played 41 minutes, his most in nearly two years.
His basket down low with 30 seconds remaining put Minnesota up for good, and he made two free throws with 13.8 seconds left to make it a three-point lead.
Jae Crowder and Joe Ingles each missed a 3-pointer that could have tied it for Utah. Rose then blocked a 3-point try by Dante Exum with 2.7 seconds to go, and the Timberwolves grabbed the loose ball to seal it.
Back in the locker room, excited teammates doused Rose in celebration.
Making his first start of the season, Rose scored 19 points in the third quarter as the Timberwolves took a five-point lead into the fourth. Karl-Anthony Towns added nine of his 28 points in the period.
Curry had seven 3-pointers and nine assists, Kevin Durant added 24 points and eight assists, and Draymond Green contributed 16 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for his first double-double of the season. Green has 50 assists in the last five games for the Warriors, who finished with a season-high 39 assists.
Anthony Davis returned from a two-game absence with a sprained right elbow and had 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Pelicans, who lost a five-game Western Conference semifinal to Golden State last postseason.
The Lakers led nearly throughout and were up 111-98 with 3:42 to go before the Mavericks went on a 15-2 run to pull even with 7 seconds remaining. Luka Doncic tied it at 113 on a jumper from the corner, but James was fouled by Wesley Matthews while shooting a jump shot.
James missed the first free throw but made the second, and the Lakers (3-5) stopped a two-game skid.
Matthews led Dallas with 21 points and Harrison Barnes scored 19. The Mavericks (2-6) have lost five straight.
The Spurs led by 31 in the second quarter en route to a fifth straight win over Phoenix. Aldridge scored 16 points in the third, then he and DeRozan sat out the fourth with the Spurs comfortably ahead. The duo combined to make 20 of 25 shots.
Phoenix played its third game in a row without star guard Devin Booker, who is still dealing with a hamstring strain.
Indiana trailed 97-94 with 3:08 left before Oladipo got hot. Sabonis hit two free throws, and then Oladipo picked off Tim Hardaway Jr.’s lazy dribble and threw down a breakaway dunk for a 98-97 lead. Indiana scored the next five points, capped by Oladipo’s 3-pointer with 1:23 left, to make it 103-97.
Alonzo Trier’s basket cut New York’s deficit to 103-101 with 44 seconds left, but Thaddeus Young found Oladipo open in front of the Knicks bench for a 3-pointer.
Blake Griffin led Detroit with 25 points, Andre Drummond had 24 points and 23 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson scored 21 points. After Dinwiddie’s late 3-poiter, Griffin missed a fadeaway. The Pistons have dropped three straight to fall to 4-3.