Rockets beat Timberwolves 120-102 for 11th straight win
HOUSTON (AP) James Harden scored 31 points and the Houston Rockets won their 11th straight game with a 120-102 victory Friday night over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost All-Star Jimmy Butler to a knee injury.
Butler left late in the third quarter. After grabbing a rebound, he pivoted and planted hard on his right foot before collapsing and grabbing his right knee. He was on the floor for at least three minutes before he was carried off the court by two teammates.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said Butler will have an MRI and be re-evaluated on Saturday.
The Rockets trailed for much of the first half before going ahead to maintain the NBA's best record.
McCollum and Lillard drove through and around the Jazz defense, which was ranked at the top of the league during their streak.
The Jazz finally got within single digits at 90-81, but McCollum scored on three consecutive isolation plays, all contested jumpers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anthony Davis had 45 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots and five steals, and New Orleans earned its fourth consecutive victory.
Goran Dragic scored 30 points and Dwyane Wade hit two runners to give the Heat the lead twice in the last 36 seconds of overtime, but Davis responded to the first with a layup as he was fouled, and Jrue Holiday answered the second with a runner in the lane with 7 seconds left.
Wade had one last shot for the win with Holiday defending him closely. It bounced off the rim to Josh Richardson, whose rushed put-back missed the basket as time expired in Miami's third straight loss.
Holiday finished with 29 points and nine assists, connecting with Davis on a couple of alley-oop dunks.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - LeBron James had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in his 11th triple-double of the season, and Cleveland pulled away after a slow start.
Cleveland outscored Memphis 58-40 in the second half, sending the Grizzlies to their eighth straight loss.
Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton each scored 21 points as the Bucks won the opener of an eight-game stretch against teams in playoff contention. Jason Terry scored 14 points, and John Henson and Thon Maker each had 12.
Jonas Valanciunas' buzzer-beating dunk for Toronto sent the game to overtime. He finished with 10 points.
Tobias Harris added 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers. They have won eight of 11.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Kemba Walker scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, leading Charlotte to the road win.
Frank Kaminsky added 23 points as the Hornets (26-33) improved to 3-0 against the Wizards this season. Charlotte jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first half and matched its season high with 17 3-pointers in its third consecutive win. Marvin Williams scored 15 points, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 14.
Washington returned from the All-Star break with a rousing 110-103 win at Cleveland on Thursday, but could not keep the momentum going despite All-Star Bradley Beal scoring 33 points.
The loss dropped the Wizards (34-25) into a fourth-place tie with Indiana in the Eastern Conference.
Jokic has a triple-double in three straight games and six this season, but didn't stick around for the finish. He was called for five fouls in the fourth quarter and fouled out on a charge with 1:46 left.
Gary Harris scored 23 points to help Denver win its fourth straight and seventh in its last eight.
Jayson Tatum scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half for the Celtics, who went into the All-Star break on a three-game losing streak but returned with a solid win on the road. Boston took control by outscoring the Pistons 38-21 in the second quarter.
Blake Griffin scored 17 points for Detroit but shot just 5 of 19 from the field.
Theis eclipsed his previous career high of 12 points. He played an important role after Aron Baynes, the starting center for the Celtics, went to the locker room in the first half with left elbow soreness.
PACERS 116, HAWKS 93
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Thaddeus Young scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half, and Indiana never trailed in a runaway victory.
The 11th-year pro had 10 points by the end of the opening quarter and the Pacers led by 17 by halftime. They were ahead 83-66 entering the final quarter.
The Pacers (34-25) won their fourth in a row and improved to 15-6 since Jan. 6, the league's best winning percentage (.714) in that span. Domantas Sabonis led Indiana with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
The Hawks (18-42), who have the NBA's worst record, are 5-25 on the road and have dropped three in a row overall.
Ball, who was sidelined for 15 games with a knee injury, had nine points, seven rebounds and six assists in 17 minutes. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Ingram scored 15 apiece to help Los Angeles stop a three-game slide.
It was Randle's second triple-double this season and No. 5 for his career.
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