NBA Roundup: Towns Takes One, Wins One for Timberwolves

  • Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) drives against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13), from Poland, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague (0) looks to pass as he collides with Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28), from France, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng (5), from Senegal, Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28), from France, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (8), from Serbia, and Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) go for the rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Washington — Karl-Anthony Towns recovered from a shot to the mouth that left him down on the court and finished with a season-high 37 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 116-111 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

Towns shot 13-for-17, including making all three of his 3-point attempts, and showed no ill effects after getting knocked in the face with about a minute left in the first half.

Entering the fourth quarter in this defense-optional contest, the Wizards were ahead 90-82. The hosts stretched that to a game-high edge of 10 points, at 95-85 with 10 minutes left.

But a 20-3 run capped by an inside basket from Andrew Wiggins off Towns’ assist put Minnesota up 105-98 with less than 5½ minutes to go. After the Wizards got within 111-109, Towns sank a corner 3 with 29 seconds left to push the visitors’ lead back up to five.

Pacers 101, Sixers 98

Philadelphia — Myles Turner scored 25 points, including two clutch free throws with 21.5 seconds remaining, and Indiana beat Philadelphia in a possible Eastern Conference playoff preview.

Thaddeus Young added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the surprising Pacers (40-28), who overcame an off shooting night by leading scorer Victor Oladipo to win their third straight and improve to a season-high 12 games over .500. They were coming off a 99-97 victory at Boston on Sunday night.

Joel Embiid had 29 points and 12 rebounds and Ben Simmons finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the 76ers (36-30), who had won 13 straight home games.

Mavericks 110, Knicks 97

New York — Harrison Barnes scored 30 points and Dallas turned around the game in the third quarter on the way to a win over New York, which lost its eighth straight game.

Dallas couldn’t stop New York early, and then dominated the second half to win for the third time in four games, with only a loss to NBA-leading Houston in that stretch.

Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. added 17 points for the Mavs and Dirk Nowitzki had 13. Yogi Ferrell finished with 10, but eight came during a game-changing 14-0 run in the third quarter.

Thunder 119, Hawks 107

Atlanta — Russell Westbrook picked up the 100th triple-double of his career and Oklahoma City used a 16-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away from Atlanta.

Westbrook scored 32 points, dished out 12 assists and grabbed 12 rebounds to become the third-fastest player to reach the milestone. Only Oscar Robertson (277 games) and Magic Johnson (656) got to No. 100 quicker than Westbrook, who accomplished the feat in his 736th contest.

Clippers 112, Bulls 106

Chicago — DeAndre Jordan dominated with 29 points and 18 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 26 and Los Angeles beat Chicago.

Tobias Harris added 18 points, and the Clippers took control late in the third quarter on the way to their fifth win in six games.

Raptors 116, Nets 102

New York — Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Toronto won its ninth straight game and 16th of 17, beating Brooklyn.

DeMar DeRozan and reserve Fred VanVleet scored 15 points apiece, and Kyle Lowry added 11 points and 11 assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors, who held Brooklyn to 35 points after halftime and won a franchise record-tying seventh straight road game.

Pelicans 119, Hornets 115

New Orleans — Anthony Davis had 31 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots, and New Orleans beat struggling Charlotte.

Rajon Rondo added 12 points and 17 assists and Jrue Holiday highlighted a 25-point, nine-assist performance with 10 points in the final 2:39, starting with a 3 that put the Pelicans in front.

Spurs 108, Magic 72

San Antonio — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points and San Antonio never trailed after the opening minutes, holding Orlando to its lowest point total.

The Spurs were still without Kawhi Leonard, who missed his 59th game of the season while battling right quadriceps tendinopathy. Leonard’s injury is a key reason the Spurs are in the unusual position of fighting for a playoff berth after spending much of the previous two decades battling for a top three seed.

San Antonio cannot move any higher than ninth in the West following victories Tuesday by sixth-seeded New Orleans, the seventh-place Los Angeles Clippers and eighth-place Utah. Denver can remain in ninth place ahead of the Spurs with a win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Following consecutive losses to the West’s best in Golden State, Oklahoma City and Houston, San Antonio took advantage of an Orlando team that has now lost five straight.

Nikola Vucevic and Jonathon Simmons each had 10 points for the Magic, which has lost 12 of 14.

The Spurs raced to their largest lead at halftime, 62-37, and extended that 25-point cushion to a 39-point advantage entering the fourth quarter.

San Antonio had allowed 110.4 points in going 3-8 in its previous 11 games, but returned to its defensive foundation to stop a three-game skid.

Dejounte Murray gave the Spurs their first double-digit lead at 37-26 by stealing a pass intended for Shelvin Mack, dribbling behind his back to avoid Mack’s recovery and then racing downcourt for a layup with 8 minutes left in the first half.

Three minutes later, Patty Mills stole the inbounds pass and hit a 3-pointer after getting the ball back from Kyle Anderson for a 50-29 lead.

Mills finished with 13 points and Murray, Danny Green and Pau Gasol each had 11.