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  • Love, Timberwolves climb above .500 mark

  • MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Love had 30 points and 14 rebounds to finally carry Minnesota over the .500 mark with an 88-77 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday.
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  • MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Love had 30 points and 14 rebounds to finally carry Minnesota over the .500 mark with an 88-77 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday.
    Kevin Martin added 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting and six boards for the Timberwolves in their first game without center Nikola Pekovic, who is expected to miss at least a week with bursitis in his right ankle. They still managed to get over .500 after failing in their previous 10 chances to do so.
    Al-Farouq Aminu had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans, who were missing star forward Anthony Davis with a dislocated left index finger. They shot just 35 percent and managed a season-low 35 points in the first half to snap a three-game winning streak.
    76ers 95, Celtics 94
    At Boston, Evan Turner sank a layup at the buzzer to lift Philadelphia past Boston.
    The 76ers rebounded the ball after Kris Humphries missed a jumper with 12 seconds left. They hurried upcourt and Turner released his shot just in time to give the 76ers only their third win in 13 games.
    The Celtics lost for the 19th time in 22 games and dropped behind the 76ers in the standings by one game.
    Suns 126, Bucks 117
    At Milwaukee, Goran Dragic scored 30 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter despite sustaining an apparent injury to his left elbow, and Phoenix beat Milwaukee.
    Gerald Green scored 23 and Marcus Morris had 16 points off the bench for the Suns, who have won the first three games of a four-game road trip.
    Dragic hit the floor hard after a late foul by Larry Sanders, but was able to stay in the game — and keep scoring. But he was on the bench with a wrap on his left elbow in the closing minutes, and was escorted to the locker room with 52 seconds remaining.
    Raptors 98, Magic 83
    At Toronto, Kyle Lowry had a season-high 33 points and 11 assists, Amir Johnson had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Toronto past Orlando for the fifth straight time.
    Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 15 rebounds and Terrence Ross scored 12 as the Raptors, who never trailed, won for the fourth time in five games.
    Lowry, who had seven rebounds, matched his season best with six 3-pointers. He came within three points of matching his career-high of 36, set Feb. 16, 2011, against Philadelphia, when he played for Houston.
    Rockets 117, Mavericks 115
    At Dallas, Chandler Parsons scored 26 points and Houston knocking off a Texas rival for the second straight day without James Harden.
    Seven Rockets players scored in double figures on a night when they had just 10 players in uniform. Dwight Howard had 21 points, and Jeremy Lin had 18 and seven assists.
    The Mavericks cut a 12-point deficit with 4:08 remaining to just two and had a chance to win, but Jose Calderon missed a pair of 3-point tries in the final seconds.
    Bobcats 101, Nuggets 98
    At Denver, Al Jefferson matched a season high with 35 points, including a key basket in the final seconds, to lead Charlotte.
    Jefferson, who has scored 20 points or more in 10 straight games, also had 11 rebounds for his 14th double-double in his last 22 games.
    Gerald Henderson and Ramon Sessions each added 16 points for the Bobcats who beat the Nuggets in Denver for only the second time in eight games here.
    Bulls 96, Spurs 86
    At San Antonio, Jimmy Butler had 19 points and Carlos Boozer added 16 points and 12 rebounds as Chicago handed injury-riddled San Antonio its third straight loss.
    D.J. Augustin and Taj Gibson added 15 points each and Joakim Noah had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago.
    Tony Parker had 20 points and Tim Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which hadn't lost back-to-back games until this current skid.
    Grizzlies 99, Kings 89
    At Sacramento, Calif., Mike Conley had 27 points and 10 assists as Memphis won its fourth straight.
    The Grizzlies took the lead for good in the third quarter and never trailed again in winning for the ninth time in 10 games. They were coming off an impressive 98-81 victory Tuesday night in Portland where they held the NBA's highest scoring team to 34.5 percent shooting.
    Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points and Rudy Gay had 23 for the Kings, who have lost five straight and seven of eight.
    Clippers 110, Wizards 103
    At Los Angeles, Blake Griffin led five players in double figures with 29 points, and Los Angeles won its fourth straight.
    Back home for the first time after going 5-2 on their Grammy road trip, the Clippers improved to 19-3 at Staples Center this season.
    Jamal Crawford added 21 points, including two 3-pointers from 29 and 33 feet, and DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers, who beat the Wizards for the sixth straight time at home. Darren Collison scored 16 points to help the team improve to 11-3 without the injured Chris Paul.
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