Kevin Love had 42 points and 16 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio added a career-high 17 assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat Paul George and the Indiana Pacers 104-91 on Wednesday night.
J.J. Barea scored 12 points off the bench as the Wolves took control early against the Eastern Conference leaders.
George led Indiana with 35 points, but managed just two in the fourth quarter as the Pacers lost for the third time in five games, never once taking a lead.
It was Love’s eighth straight game with at least 25 points and 10 rebounds, the longest streak since Shaquille O’Neal accomplished the same feat from Jan. 3 to 19, 2005. Love has an NBA-best 14 games with 30 points and 10 rebounds this season.
SPURS 111, TRAIL BLAZERS 109
In Portland, Oregon, Patty Mills came off the bench to score 29 points and Marco Belinelli hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1 minute, 34 seconds remaining as San Antonio defeated Portland in a game between short-handed teams.
Mills scored 24 points during the second half to lead the Spurs, who rested starters Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.
Belinelli had 20 points and Manu Ginobili 16 for San Antonio, which also sat Kawhi Leonard with an injured right hand.
Damian Lillard scored 31 points, Mo Williams added 19 points and Wesley Matthews had 18 for Portland, who played without LaMarcus Aldridge. The Trail Blazers’ leading scorer and rebounder was out with a groin injury.
In other play, it was:
‧ Rockets 134, Lakers 108
‧ Bulls 94, Raptors 92
‧ Warriors 101, Kings 92
‧ Cavaliers 101, Magic 93
‧ Bobcats 116, Pistons 98
‧ Nets 105, Jazz 99
‧ Wizards 114, Hawks 97
‧ Knicks 98, Pelicans 91
‧ Suns 100, Celtics 94