Towns scores 34 points, leads Timberwolves past Heat 113-104
Towns added seven assists and six blocked shots for the Timberwolves. The only other player in NBA history to have that many points, rebounds, assists and blocks in the same game was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, for the Los Angeles Lakers against Phoenix on Nov. 14, 1975. Abdul-Jabbar had 35 points, 19 rebounds, nine assists and eight blocks in that game.
Dwyane Wade led Miami with 21 points. Josh Richardson scored 17, Derrick Jones Jr. added 16 and Hassan Whiteside grabbed 13 rebounds for the Heat.
Danny Green and Fred VanVleet each scored 10 points as the Raptors bounced back from their largest defeat of the season, a 29-point loss at Orlando on Friday.
Chicago’s Zach LaVine fouled out with 13 points. It was a poor shooting night for LaVine, who went 3 for 17, including 0 for 3 from 3-point range.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Evan Fournier’s running jumper in the lane as the buzzer sounded gave Orlando a win over Detroit.
Fournier’s winning basket ended a wild finish in which Detroit wiped out an eight-point deficit in the final three minutes only to lose for the 11th time in their last 14 games.
DALLAS (AP) — Teenage rookie Luka Doncic scored 25 points and young backcourt mate Dennis Smith Jr. hit the go-ahead layup in the final minute for Dallas.
Paul George scored the last 13 points for Oklahoma City and finished with 36, but he missed a pull-up jumper over Smith with 2 seconds left in the first of two straight meetings on back-to-back nights for these regional rivals.
The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook was 4 of 22 from the field for nine points with nine rebounds and eight assists.
Smith scored 14 points. DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 17 rebounds.
George was 12 of 24 from the field but just 3 of 11 from 3-point distance as the Thunder shot 24 percent from beyond the arc. Westbrook missed all eight of his attempts from long range.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — C.J. McCollum scored 35 points to break out of a brief shooting slump and Portland topped Philadelphia.
McCollum made four 3-pointers and hit 13 of 18 from the floor to lead Portland. In his six previous games, McCollum was 35 percent from the floor while going 16 percent from 3-point range.
Ben Simmons scored 19 points to lead the 76ers, who were without center Joel Embiid due to soreness in his left knee.
His absence was felt inside, as the Blazers outrebounded the 76ers 59-36.
LAKERS 121, KINGS 114
De’Aaron Fox led Sacramento with 26 points, while Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 21 apiece.
The Lakers had lost two games in James’ absence.