Timberwolves beat Lakers for first time since 2007
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 snapped a 22-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-90 victory Sunday.
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 win over the Lakers at Staples Center since Dec. 2, 2005.
Steve Nash played 13 minutes before sitting out with a back injury.
THUNDER 106, WIZARDS 105
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 33 points, including a tying 3 late in regulation and the go-ahead foul shots in overtime that sent Oklahoma City past Washington.
John Wall missed a driving layup attempt at the buzzer for Washington, which was seeking its third straight win. Bradley Beal scored a career-high 34 points for the Wizards.
SUNS 101, PELICANS 94
PHOENIX — Eric Bledsoe scored 24 points and Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 23 as Phoenix beat New Orleans.
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.
SPURS 120, KNICKS 89
NEW YORK — Danny Green had 24 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, and San Antonio pounded New York for its fourth straight victory.
Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points and Tony Parker had 17 in a game that was close for about 3 minutes. San Antonio scored the first 10 points, led by as many as 37, and was in complete control in between.
The Spurs spoiled the season debut of Knicks guard J.R. Smith, last season’s Sixth Man of the Year. Suspended the first five games of the season for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program, Smith shot 1 of 9 and scored five points in 20 minutes.
No. 1 Kentucky 93,
Northern Kentucky 63
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Freshman forward Julius Randle had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Wildcats.
Guard Aaron Harrison added 16 points for Kentucky (2-0) while twin brother Andrew had 13. Alex Poythress contributed nine points while 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein added seven points and 11 rebounds.
Needing a good tuneup with Tuesday’s showdown looming against No. 2 Michigan State in Chicago, the Wildcats responded by dominating every area. Kentucky shot 30 of 55 from the field (54.5 percent), outrebounded NKU 51-23 and scored 36 points in the paint.
No. 21 Notre Dame 80, Stetson 49
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jerian Grant and Garrick Sherman each scored 15 points to lead the Irish.
Pat Connaughton added 10 points for the Irish (2-0), while Sherman led the team with nine rebounds.