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Timberwolves 115, Knicks 104

Taj Gibson didn't know when he drove by an accident back in Minnesota that Karl-Anthony Towns had been involved.

Gibson greeted his teammate with a hug when he saw him in New York, relieved Towns was OK.

Then Gibson helped the Timberwolves win the first time they had to play without Towns as a pro.

Derrick Rose scored 20 points, Gibson added a season-high 19, and the Timberwolves overcame the first missed game of Towns' career to beat New York on Friday night.

"It's tough but it just shows the resiliency that this team has, the number of guys that can step up," Gibson said.

Towns' streak of 303 consecutive starts was snapped when he was placed in the concussion protocol. Towns was able to fly to New York after the accident Thursday but was ruled out after further medical examination Friday.

The 2015 No. 1 draft pick's streak of starts was the longest to begin a career since 1970-71. He just appeared in his second straight All-Star Game and would have been playing not far from where he grew up in New Jersey had he not been hurt.

Towns was at the arena but was prevented from playing by league rules once in the concussion protocol. The Wolves' next game is Saturday at Milwaukee, and Towns would have to clear the return-to-participation steps before he can play again.

In his absence, Andrew Wiggins added 17 points after missing Minnesota's two victories leading into the break with an illness, while Anthony Tolliver came off the bench for a season-high 16 points.

"Lean on whoever," coach Ryan Saunders said. "Wherever the contribution comes from, we will take it."

Damyean Dotson and Allonzo Trier each scored 20 points for the Knicks in their 18th straight home loss. DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 19 rebounds, while Kevin Knox scored 18 points.

Dotson made five 3-pointers and scored 18 points in the first quarter, when the Knicks also got an emphatic dunk from Dennis Smith Jr. and led 33-29. But the Wolves largely controlled the game from there, though the Knicks did trim it to single digits with about 4 minutes to play.

But New York couldn't overcome its 23 turnovers that led to 20 Minnesota points.

"I don't know if it was rust or whatever, but we can't use the break as an excuse. We were just throwing the ball everywhere," guard Emmanual Mudiay said.

Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones returned after missing 13 games with a sprained left ankle and had four points. Center Gorgui Dieng was out for personal reasons.

Mudiay returned from a 12-game absence with a strained left shoulder. He had 15 points and six rebounds.

Knicks head coach David Fizdale said injured guard Frank Ntilikina (groin) was getting further evaluation Friday and the Knicks would know more about his status Saturday.

Saunders said Towns' streak wasn't discussed when he spoke with his player Friday. Saunders said Towns' only concern was trying to be on the court to help his teammates.

"I'd just like to have him out there because he's a pretty good player," Saunders said. "So the streak, I think that is something that everybody should definitely take note of with Karl's durability and his toughness and how he approaches the game, but from a coach's viewpoint you'd like to have like Karl on the floor whenever you can."

Thunder 148, Jazz 147 (2OT)

Paul George floated in a basket with less than a second remaining in double-overtime, capping a 45-point night with the winning shot as Oklahoma City topped Utah.

George dribbled out the final seconds before driving between two defenders and floating in a shot with 0.8 seconds left. Kyle Korver got off a desperate 3 for Utah, but it went long as the buzzer sounded.

Russell Westbrook added 43 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, helping Oklahoma City overcome 38 points from Donovan Mitchell. Westbrook fouled out with 1:09 left in the first overtime, ending his NBA streak of 11 consecutive games with a triple-double.

Jerami Grant had 18 points for the Thunder.

Raptors 120, Spurs 117

Kawhi Leonard had a go-ahead dunk with 15 seconds left and scored 25 points to help Toronto beat his former San Antonio teammates, spoiling DeMar DeRozan return.

Leonard stole the ball from DeRozan at midcourt and raced in alone for a one-handed slam.

Traded to San Antonio in the offseason deal that sent Leonard to Toronto, DeRozan received a warm welcome in the homecoming, but was denied a second victory over his former team. He finished with 23 points.

Lowry and DeRozan embraced near center court following the final whistle as the sellout crowd of 20,058 cheered in approval.

Pascal Siakam added 22 points to help Toronto win its seventh straight game. Kyle Lowry and Danny Green each had 17, Serge Ibaka had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin had 11 points in his second game with the Raptors.

Marco Belinelli scored 21 points for San Antonio, Davis Bertans had 16, and Rudy Gay added 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Spurs have lost five of six.

Bulls 110, Magic 109

Lauri Markannen made two of three free throws with 1.5 seconds left to lift Chicago past Orlando.

After being fouled by Aaron Gordon on a 3-pointer, Markannen missed the first attempt, the Bulls' only miss of the game in 19 attempts and hit the second two. Markannen finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds and New London’s Kris Dunn made four of nine field goals for eight points.

Evan Fournier led Orlando with 22 points.

Hornets 123, Wizards 110

Kemba Walker had 27 points and 11 assists in his first outing since the All-Star game and Charlotte overcame Bradley Beal's 46-point night for Washington.

Nic Batum added 20 points for the Hornets in his first game this season at shooting guard.

Nuggets 114, Mavericks 104

Nikola Jokic had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Denver beat Dallas for its third straight victory.

Paul Millsap added 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Isaiah Thomas had 16 points over 16 minutes in his second game since offseason hip surgery.

Dallas rookie star Luka Doncic sat out with a sore right ankle. Jalen Brunson started in Doncic's place and had a career-high 22 points.

Pistons 125, Hawks 122

Thon Maker made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds remaining and Detroit overcame Blake Griffin's ejection to beat Atlanta.

Reggie Jackson scored a season-high 32 points, and Andre Drummond had 26 points and 21 rebounds for Detroit. Griffin was ejected after his second technical foul in the third quarter.

Trae Young led Atlanta with 30 points and 10 assists.

Pacers 126, Pelicans 111

Wesley Matthews scored 15 of his 24 points during a third-quarter rally, Domantis Sabonis had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Indiana overcame a 20-point deficit to beat New Orleans.

Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 points for Indiana. Cheick Diallo led New Orleans with 16 points. Anthony Davis had 15 points.

Clippers 112, Grizzlies 106

Montrezl Harrell matched his career high with 30 points, Danilo Gallinari added 23, including 10 straight points in the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles beat Memphis.

Lou Williams added 18 points. Mike Conley scored 25 points for the Grizzlies.


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