Karl Anthony-Towns followed in his own miss with 37.5 seconds to play Sunday afternoon, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off the Golden State Warriors 109-103 in Minneapolis to snap a three-game losing streak.
Seeking to avoid a second consecutive loss on a three-day trip, the Warriors rallied within 104-103 on a Kevin Durant 3-pointer with 2:08 to go. They then had a chance to go ahead for the first time since the third quarter following a Minnesota turnover, but Klay Thompson misfired on a 3-point attempt.
Towns countered with a short jumper for a three-point lead, and after Durant (game-high 39 points) missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer, the Minnesota big man snatched the rebound from his own short miss and laid it in, giving the Timberwolves a 108-103 advantage with just 37.5 seconds remaining.
The Warriors missed their next two shots -- they misfired on their last four in the game -- and Jeff Teague helped ice the win with one free throw with 29.5 seconds left.
Jazz 116, Pelicans 99
Donovan Mitchell scored 25 of his 27 points in the second half as Utah defeated host New Orleans.
Mitchell, who made 1 of 8 shots in the first half, made 9 of 13 as the Jazz outscored the Pelicans 68-48 after halftime. Utah finished with a 55-38 rebounding advantage. Ricky Rubio added 30 points and 10 rebounds, Joe Ingles scored 20 and Rudy Gobert contributed 19 points and 16 rebounds as Utah won its sixth straight game, seventh of its last nine and 18th of its last 20.
Anthony Davis returned from a one-game absence due to a sprained ankle to play on his 25th birthday and lead New Orleans with 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks. In his absence, the Pelicans' franchise-record 10-game winning streak ended with a lopsided loss to Washington on Friday.
Raptors 132, Knicks 106
Jonas Valanciunas contributed 17 points and nine rebounds to help visiting Toronto cruise to a victory over New York.
Kyle Lowry added 16 points and seven assists and Serge Ibaka had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors, who won for the eighth straight time and 15th in their past 16 games. CJ Miles scored 13 points, Delon Wright had 12, Fred VanVleet tallied 11 and Jakob Poeltl contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points for the Knicks, who have lost seven straight games and 15 of their past 16. Luke Kornet scored a career-high 18 points, Emmanuel Mudiay added 13, Frank Ntilikina had 11 and Michael Beasley and Trey Burke scored 10 apiece. New York center Enes Kanter sat out with back spasms.
Nuggets 130, Kings 104
Nikola Jokic recorded his seventh triple-double of the season with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, helping Denver coast past Sacramento in Denver.
Jokic's triple-double was the 13th of his career. He ranks third in the NBA this season with seven, trailing only Russell Westbrook and LeBron James, with all seven having come since Jan. 8.
The win allowed the Nuggets to complete a 2-1 homestand before embarking on a stretch of eight road games in their next nine outings. The loss was the Kings' fourth in their last seven games, a stretch in which they've alternated losses and wins.
Bulls 129, Hawks 122
Bobby Portis and Zach LaVine each had 21 points and Lauri Markkanen added 19 points as Chicago had seven players in double figures in a win over host Atlanta.
Taurean Prince had a career-high 38 points and Mike Muscala added 19 points to lead the Hawks, who lost for the fourth time in five games.
Chicago rebounded from a brutal first quarter to win for the third time in five games after losing five straight. The Bulls topped 110 points for just the fourth time in the last 19 games.
--Field Level Media