Matthews, Blazers sink Spurs
PORTLAND — Wesley Matthews scored 31 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the slumping San Antonio Spurs 111-95 on Wednesday night for their first victory since the All-Star break.
Six players scored in double figures for Portland, which ended a two-game skid. Damian Lillard had 18 points and Nicolas Batum added 15.
Tim Duncan shot 9 of 12 and scored 20 points to lead San Antonio, which lost its fourth consecutive game. Danny Green had 17 points for the defending NBA champions.
Portland was 13 of 26 from 3-point range, with Matthews hitting a team-high four 3s.
The Blazers led 51-50 at halftime after the first two quarters were decidedly one-sided.
Portland dominated the first quarter, hitting 13 of 22 shots to take a 32-16 lead. Robin Lopez scored four points during a 10-0 run that helped the Blazers take control.
Portland led by as many as 19 early in the second quarter when momentum completely shifted in San Antonio's direction. The Spurs, who made 13 of 20 shots during the second quarter, put together a 16-2 run late in the period and pulled even at 48 on Aron Baynes' layup.
Portland re-established itself early in the third quarter, when Lillard scored six points during an 11-0 run that gave the Blazers a 67-54 lead. San Antonio responded with six quick points, but Portland quickly halted the Spurs' momentum by scoring nine of the next 11 to take a 76-62 lead.
San Antonio, trailing 81-71 after three, threatened the Blazers again when Green and Tony Parker hit 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter. Portland, a loser in five of its previous nine games when leading after three quarters, regained control when Matthews hit two 3s during a 10-0 run.
Spurs: Duncan scored San Antonio's first 10 points, going 5 of 5 to start the game. The rest of the Spurs went 0 for 7 and didn't produce their first basket until Manu Ginobili scored with 5:01 left in the first quarter. ... San Antonio has scored fewer than 100 points in 10 of its past 14 games. ... The Spurs have games remaining at Sacramento and Phoenix on its nine-game, 20-day road trip. They are 2-5 on the swing. ... Since 2008, San Antonio is 2-11 in Portland.
Trail Blazers: Aldridge returned to the lineup after missing Sunday's game with a right thumb injury. ... Since the All-Star break, Batum is shooting 61.5 percent (16 of 26) from the floor. ... Matthews has 55 3-pointers in the fourth quarter this season, 13 more than any other player in the NBA. ... Portland won the season series, 3-1.
Spurs: Friday at Sacramento.
Trail Blazers: Home on Friday against Oklahoma City.
TIMBERWOLVES 97, WIZARDS 77: At Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett made an emotional return to Minnesota with an ear-splitting reception and his Timberwolves overcame a jittery start to beat the Washington Wizards.
Garnett, the face of the franchise who was reacquired in a trade from Brooklyn last week, had five points on 2-for-7 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes in his first game for the Timberwolves since 2007. Kevin Martin scored 28 points and Andrew Wiggins had 19 for the Wolves, who trailed by 15 early after Garnett's stirring reintroduction.
Marcin Gortat had nine points and 15 rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost five in a row and 10 of their last 12. John Wall had five points on 2-for-10 shooting and 10 assists, and Paul Pierce missed the game with a bruised knee.
HEAT 93, MAGIC 90, OT: At Orlando, Fla., Luol Deng had 21 points, Dwyane Wade added 18 and Miami rallied to beat Orlando.
Hassan Whiteside added 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Heat have won three of four since losing Chris Bosh for the season with a blood clot in his lung.
Nik Vucevic had all five of the Magic's points in overtime, and finished with 26 points and eight rebounds. Victor Oladipo had 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
ROCKETS 110, CLIPPERS 105: At Houston, James Harden had 21 points, Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets snapped a six-game skid to Los Angeles.
It's Houston's first victory over Los Angeles since March 30, 2013, and just the second win in the past 13 meetings with the Clippers.
Jamal Craford led Los Angeles with 24 points. Chris Paul has 22 points and 14 assists, and DeAndre Jordan has 22 points and 19 rebounds.
HAWKS 104, MAVERICKS 87: At Atlanta, Dennis Schroder had 17 points, Atlanta took the lead with a 13-0 run in the third quarter and went on beat Dallas, with the Mavericks playing without suspended guard Rajon Rondo.
The Mavericks suspended Rondo before the game for conduct detrimental to the team. Rondo had a heated exchange on the court with coach Rick Carlisle in the third quarter Tuesday night against Toronto.
Monta Ellis led Dallas with 19 points.
HORNETS 98, BULLS 86: At Chicago, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Mo Williams scored 17 points and Charlotte beat Chicago after the Bulls learned Derrick Rose will have yet another knee surgery.
Al Jefferson added 16 points to help the Hornets snap a five-game losing streak.
KINGS 102, GRIZZLIES 90: At Sacramento, Calif., Rudy Gay scored 28 points, DeMarcus Cousins added 16 points and nine rebounds and Sacramento beat Memphis.
Cousins overcame foul trouble — and a confrontation with Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph — to lead Sacramento's 10-0 spurt to start the fourth quarter. He added six assists in just 24 minutes before fouling out. The Kings improved to 2-1 since George Karl took over as coach.
SUNS 110, NUGGETS 96: At Denver, Brandon Knight hit two key late 3-pointers and had 19 points to help Phoenix snap a five-game losing streak.
Eric Bledsoe added 18 points for the Suns, who had six players score in double figures as they ended a seven-game road skid. The Suns grabbed 65 rebounds, most in the NBA this season.
PELICANS 102, NETS 96: At New Orleans, Quincy Pondexter scored a career-high 25 points and New Orleans beat Brooklyn for its third straight victory.
Pondexter surpassed his previous high of 22 points by hitting his fourth 3-pointer of the game with 49.9 seconds left. Tyreke Evans had 15 points and 11 assists to help the Pelicans win with All-Star Anthony Davis missing his second straight game because of a shoulder injury.
CELTICS 115, KNICKS 94: At Boston, Evan Turner had his first career triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and Boston pulled away with 20 straight points in the second half.
Isaiah Thomas scored 19 in his home debut for the Celtics. Thomas, acquired by Boston on Feb. 19 in a deal with Phoenix, hit all 11 of his free throws and added seven assists and six rebounds.
BUCKS 104, 76ERS 88: At Milwaukee, John Henson scored 21 points, Michael Carter-Williams had seven points and eight assists in his Milwaukee debut, and the Bucks built a big early lead against the point guard's former Philadelphia teammates.
Khris Middleton added 19 points for Milwaukee.
LAKERS 100, JAZZ 97: At Salt Lake City, Jordan Clarkson scored a career-high 22 points and Los Angeles erased a double-digit deficit in a comeback victory over Utah.
Gordon Hayward scored 20 points for the Jazz, and Elijah Millsap finished with a career-high 17.