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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 17 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Sacramento Kings 102-88 on Monday night.
Ricky Rubio had nine points and 11 assists to help the Timberwolves move within one game of the Kings as both teams try to catch Denver for the eighth spot in the West.
Towns and Wiggins were dominant against the Kings, who had beaten the Wolves handily in the first two games between the teams this season.
HOUSTON -- Jeff Teague scored 25 points and the Indiana Pacers overcame a huge first-half deficit and withstood a late rally by Houston to beat the Rockets 117-108 on Monday night.
C.J. Miles made a 3-pointer with 40.8 seconds left to make it 113-108, and Teague added a two free throws after that to put the game out of reach. It was just the second win in nine games for the Pacers and only their 10th road win of the season.
The Pacers, who trailed by 17 early before taking a halftime lead, were up by 14 with about four minutes left. The Rockets then used a 12-2 run to get within two with less than a minute remaining. Lou Williams had eight points, powered by a pair of 3-pointers in that span, including an off-balance one which he was fouled on to cap the run. But he missed the ensuing free throw and Miles followed with his 3.
DALLAS -- Seth Curry scored 29 points, Harrison Barnes added 24 and the Dallas Mavericks beat Miami 96-89 on Monday night, handing the Heat just their third loss in 19 games.
Curry looked a little like famous older brother Stephen Curry of Golden State by hitting two long 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, the latter giving Dallas a 90-89 lead. The Mavericks rallied from 14 points down in the first quarter and let an 11-point third-quarter lead get away.
Two games after scoring a career-high 31 points in a loss at Minnesota, Curry was 5 of 7 from long range to help the Mavericks improve to 2-0 with forward-center Nerlens Noel, who came from Philadelphia before the trade deadline.
BOSTON -- Dennis Schroder had 21 points to help the Atlanta Hawks snap a three-game losing streak with a chippy 114-98 win over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.
Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard each added 17 points. The Hawks led by 13 entering the fourth quarter and increased the edge to 24 despite playing the final 16 minutes without Howard, who was ejected in the third quarter after receiving his second technical foul.
Isaiah Thomas had 19 points as the Celtics ended a seven-game home winning streak.
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James returned from a bout with strep throat and scored 24 points, Kyrie Irving added 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the Milwaukee Bucks 102-95 on Monday night.
James missed Saturday's loss to Chicago -- the Cavs fell to 0-4 this season without their superstar -- and was listed as questionable before arriving at Quicken Loans Arena. He looked fit from the start, delivering an early dunk and adding one in the fourth that he capped by screaming, "That's and one!" at MiIwaukee's John Henson, who fouled him.
James' dunk triggered an 11-0 run that helped put away the Bucks, who were within 86-85 midway through the fourth.
PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Durant had 27 points in his return to the lineup and the Golden State Warriors overcame the worst 3-point shooting performance of Stephen Curry's career in a 119-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
Curry was 0 for 11 from 3-point range. That topped his previous worst outing without making a 3 when he went 0 for 10 from distance on Nov. 4 against the Lakers. The two-time reigning MVP entered leading the league by a wide margin with 231 3-pointers this season.
Curry still had 19 points, making 7 of 12 2-point attempts and all five of his free-throw tries.
NEW YORK -- Plenty of DeMar DeRozan and plenty of defense.
That's how it will have to be for the Toronto Raptors without Kyle Lowry.
"It's going to take a village to win," coach Dwane Casey said.
NEW YORK -- Kyle Lowry hoped the pain in his right wrist would go away so he could join the new-look Toronto Raptors on the court.
Now the goal is just to get back with them before the playoffs.
The All-Star guard will have surgery Tuesday to remove loose bodies from his wrist, and the Raptors say they hope he can return for the postseason.
MANILA, Philippines – Ginebra coach Tim Cone gave Kevin Ferrer a major compliment on Sunday, after the rookie helped the Gin Kings defeat San Miguel, 124-118, in Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals that tied the series, 1-1.
Ferrer was at his best in a scorching second quarter, where he scored 18 points, including three three-pointers, and was virtually unguardable.
Thanks to Ferrer's second-quarter explosion, Ginebra raced to a stunning 26-point lead, 65-39, and looked to be on their way to a comfortable victory. However, San Miguel rallied in the second half, even taking a late lead, before Joe Devance forced overtime where the Gin Kings finally pulled away for good.
MANILA, Philippines – Perhaps more than any other player in the Ginebra roster, veteran forward Joe Devance has come to embody the resiliency that coach Tim Cone always points to when asked about the advantage they hold over other teams in the PBA.
Devance, playing through plantar fascia in his left foot, has not missed a game in their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup Finals series against San Miguel, and has continued to take anaesthetic shots that numb the pain enough for him to play.
In Game 2, with Ginebra on the brink of collapse, Devance saved the day when he scored a lay-up at the buzzer that sent the game into overtime. The Gin Kings went on to win, 124-118, in OT, ensuring they won't go down 0-2 against the defending champion Beermen.