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TIMBERWOLVES 132, NUGGETS 128
DENVER • Kevin Love scored 33 points and tied a season high with 19 rebounds for his NBA-best 50th double-double this season, and Minnesota beat skidding Denver for its third win in a row.
Love topped 30 points for the 11th time in his last 14 starts, helping the Timberwolves wrap up a 4-1 trip out west.
The Nuggets got a boost from the return of Ty Lawson, who scored a season-high 31 points with 11 assists in his first game since breaking his left rib Feb. 8 at Detroit. But it wasn’t enough to reverse their sagging fortunes. Denver lost its sixth straight and has dropped 11 of 12 overall.
Kevin Martin added 22 points for the Timberwolves, including four clutch free throws in the final 11.7 seconds. Minnesota finished with a huge advantage at the foul line, making 52 of 64 (81.3 percent) to Denver’s 16 of 25 (64 percent).
LAKERS 107, TRAIL BLAZERS 106
PORTLAND, Ore. • Kent Bazemore threw an alley-oop to Wesley Johnson for the go-ahead dunk with 6.9 seconds left to lift Los Angeles over Portland.
Pau Gasol scored 22 points and the Lakers won their second straight, snapping the Trail Blazers’ five-game winning streak. Jodie Meeks added 21 points.
The Lakers led by 15 in the first quarter and pushed the lead to 97-86 in the fourth, but Wesley Matthews’ fadeaway jumper tied it at 105 with 1:10 left.
Damian Lillard hit one of two free throws to give Portland its first lead since the first quarter. But the officials reversed a possession call with 7.1 seconds left, giving the ball to the Lakers. Bazemore lobbed to Johnson for the dunk and Lillard missed a 3-pointer as time ran out.
Robin Lopez had 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Blazers.
PISTONS 96, KNICKS 85
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. • Andre Drummond had 17 points and a career-high 26 rebounds as Detroit surged past New York in a matchup of slumping teams.
The Pistons had lost four straight and seven of eight. New York has dropped seven straight and 13 of 15.
Carmelo Anthony scored 10 of his 28 points in a first quarter in which the Knicks led by as much as 14.
Detroit reserves Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum each scored 16 points, helping their team’s bench outscore New York’s 36-7. The Pistons started the fourth quarter with eight unanswered points.
Amare Stoudemire had 22 points for the Knicks despite playing sparingly in the fourth quarter.
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