MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl Anthony Towns scored a franchise record of 56 points and earned 15 rebounds for his 63rd double-doubles and led the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night to a 126-114 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Towns was 6 out of 8 out of 3-point range for Minnesota, recovering after a disappointing loss from Monday to Memphis.
Andrew Wiggins added 17 points and Jeff Teague had 11 points and eight assists for the Timberwolves (43-33), avoiding a third direct loss by shooting 53.3 percent, including 13 out of 30 behind the bow.
Mike Muscala had a career high 24 points for Atlanta, and Dewayne Dedmon had 1
CELTICS 97, JAZZ 94
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Jaylen Brown made a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left to lift Boston to the road.
Brown scored 21 points and Jayson Tatum added 16 for the Celtics, who won their fifth straight despite
Kyrie Irving after a knee surgery and Marcus Morris and Al Horford with ankle injuries paused the Celtics 4-0
Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points for Utah. Ricky Rubio had 14 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Jae Crowder added 16 points.
CAVALIERS 118, HORNETS 105
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – LeBron James matched Michael Jordan's streak of 866 consecutive two-digit points games with 41 points, leading Cleveland to road-winning. James finished 14 of 26 from the field and had 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Cavaliers, who stayed ahead of Philadelphia for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. 33-year-old James, who began his series on January 6, 2007, can break Jordan's record against New Orleans on Friday night at home.
Kemba Walker scored 21 points to overtake Dell Curry as Hornets. (19659002) Walker received a big hug from James after breaking the mark with 20 seconds on a reverse layup.
76ERS 118, KNICKS 101
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Dario Saric scored 26 points and 14-point rebounds, and the Sixers won their eighth consecutive game-d despite a loss to All-Star Joel Embiid.
J. J. Redick scored 21 points for Philadelphia (44-30), who stayed half a game behind Cleveland for third place in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers, who celebrated their first playoff appearance since 2012, have had the most victories since the club's 2002-03 in 48 games.
Embiid was brought to the precautionary test after a nasty collision with his teammate Markelle Fultz in a hospital's second quarter. The team said he had a facial contusion, but no concussion.
Philadelphia still had enough to beat New York (27-49), which lost for the fourth time in five games. Emmanuel Mudiay and Michael Beasley had 22 points for the Knicks.
GRIZZLIES 108, TRAIL BLAZERS 103
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – MarShon Brooks scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter in his first game with Memphis, helping the Grizzlies win their second consecutive win.
Brooks made every one of his four 3-point attempts in the last period in his first NBA appearance since April 16, 2014 with the Lakers. He signed a 10-day contract with Memphis on Tuesday.
Dillon Brooks had 18 points for the Grizzlies (21-54).
CJ McCollum led Portland (46-29) with 42 points. Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard, who had 41 points against New Orleans on Tuesday, was absent after the birth of his son.
LAKERS 103, MAVERICKS 93
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Brook Lopez scored 22 points and Julius Randle added 20 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Lakers to victory.
Brandon Ingram of Los Angeles had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes in his return after missing 12 games with a groin strain.
Lonzo Ball had eight points, five rebounds and four assists before he went too late in the third quarter. Ball briefly wrapped his left knee in ice, the same knee that held him out for 16 games in January and February.
Harrison Barnes scored 17 points for the Mavericks, who lost seven of their last nine. Dennis Smith Jr. had 14 points and eight assists.
CLIPPERS 111, SUNS 99
PHOENIX (AP) – Tobias Harris scored 27 points and the Clippers a little ground in the Western Conference playoff races.
Harris had 15 points in the third quarter, and Los Angeles broke away early in the fourth with an 18-0 run.
The Clippers (41-34) moved to a game from the eighth playoff spot, a game behind the jazz to Utah 97-94 loss to Boston.
Austin Rivers had 18 points and eight assists for the Clippers, who have won four out of five.
Tyler Ulis led Phoenix with a season-high 21 points and rookie Josh Jackson 18.
NETS 111, MAGIC 104
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – D & # 39; Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert scored 16 each Points to lead Brooklyn to victory.
Jarrett Allen added 15 points and DeMarre Carroll had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who stopped a losing streak of three games. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Joe Harris also scored 14 and Allen Crabbe was 13.
Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Mario Hezonja added 23 points for the Magic who lost nine of their last 11. Aaron Gordon added 15 points and DJ Augustin had 14.
The networks surpassed the magic of 17-2 to start the fourth quarter.