Minnesota finally beats Los Angeles Lakers
Visiting Minnesota emphatically snapped a 22-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-90 victory.
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – Kevin Martin scored 27 points, Kevin Love had 18 of his 25 points during Minnesota’s 47-point first quarter and the Timberwolves emphatically snapped a 22-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-90 victory Sunday night.
Ricky Rubio had 12 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who hadn’t beaten the Lakers since March 6, 2007.
Minnesota took a 28-point lead during the highest-scoring quarter in franchise history and maintained a healthy advantage all night in their first victory over the Lakers at Staples Center since Dec. 2, 2005.
Steve Blake scored 19 points with five three-pointers, and Jodie Meeks added 16 for the Lakers, who have lost five of seven games.
Steve Nash played 13 minutes before sitting out with a back injury.
Thunder wins in overtime
OKLAHOMA CITY – Kevin Durant scored 33 points, including a tying three-point basket late in regulation and the go-ahead free throws in overtime that sent the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Washington Wizards 106-105.
John Wall missed a driving layup attempt at the buzzer for Washington, which was seeking its third straight victory. Bradley Beal scored a career-high 34 points for the Wizards.
Oklahoma City trailed 92-82 with 3:26 left with the fourth quarter, but went on a 14-4 run. Ex-Sonic Durant capped the burst with a straightaway three-pointer with 13.6 seconds left.
Beal missed a running 12-footer at the buzzer while being closely guarded by Serge Ibaka.
In overtime, Durant blocked a shot by Wall and streaked toward the other basket. He made both free throws for a 106-105 lead with 40.7 seconds left.
PHOENIX – Eric Bledsoe scored 24 points and Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 23 as the Phoenix Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans 101-94.
Morris shot 9 of 12, and has gone 30 for 38 from the field over his past three games while averaging 24.7 points in that span.
Gerald Green scored 15 and Goran Dragic added 12 for the Suns, who have won four of five.
Jeff Hornacek became the first coach in Suns history to win his first four home games.
NEW YORK – Danny Green had 24 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs pounded the New York Knicks 120-89 for their fourth straight victory.
Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points and Tony Parker had 17 for the Spurs.