NBA Wrap: Wiggins, Butler star as Wolves savage Cavs

Andrew Wiggins scored 25 points in three quarters, Jimmy Butler pitched in 21 points and tight defence on LeBron James as the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised to a 127-99 victory over Cleveland on Monday night that stopped a 12-game home losing streak to the Cavaliers.

Karl-Anthony Towns (19 points, 12 rebounds) and Taj Gibson (16 points, 13 rebounds) were tenacious around the basket for the Timberwolves, who outrebounded the Cavs 56-37 and had a 60-42 advantage in points in the paint.

James had just 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting, taking his first loss at Minnesota since Feb. 17, 2005. Cleveland fell behind by as much as 41 points in the third quarter after a dunk by Wiggins.

Butler had plenty to do with that, contributing nine assists and eight rebounds before resting during the fourth quarter, too. The Wolves led 69-42 at halftime.

Jeff Green scored 22 points off the bench to lead the Cavs, who’ve lost six of their last nine.

DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points, including a go-ahead three-point play with 26.1 seconds left in overtime as Toronto shook off a late injury to Kyle Lowry to beat Brooklyn 114-113.

The Raptors lost a 10-point lead in the final 4 1/2 minutes of regulation and then lost Lowry after a hard fall in OT, but at least won the game, just as they always do against the Nets.

Toronto beat Brooklyn for the 10th straight time and won its fifth in a row overall.

Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors. Lowry finished with 18 points and 11 assists, but had to be carried off the court after landing on his lower back while going for a rebound.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 31 points for the Nets, but his wild shot on a last drive went over the backboard.

Domantas Sabonis had 17 points and 10 rebounds and three of his teammates each scored 15 to lead Indiana past Milwaukee 109-96.

Indiana has won two straight since a five-game losing streak. Victor Oladipo, Thaddeus Young and Myles Turner all scored 15 points.

The Bucks were led by Khris Middleton with 19 points and Giannis Antetokoumpo with 17.

It was a complete reversal from the Bucks’ 21-point victory over Indiana last week.

This time, the Pacers dominated most of the final 42 minutes by creating turnovers and forcing Milwaukee into bad shots after hitting 18 of their first 25 attempts.

Indiana broke it open by scoring 20 straight points in the first quarter to turn a 15-14 game into a blowout. The Pacers finished the period on a 22-2 spurt to make it 37-16.

Eric Gordon and Chris Paul each had 24 points and nine assists, while Gerald Green scored 22 as Houston beat Chicago 116-107.

Trevor Ariza hit six 3-pointers and scored 18 to go with nine rebounds. Clint Capela added 15 points and 16 rebounds, and the Rockets won for the third time in 10 games despite blowing a 21-point lead.

Bobby Portis led the Bulls with 22 points. Denzel Valentine and Kris Dunn each scored 19, but Chicago lost for the fifth time in six games.

With NBA scoring leader James Harden missing his fourth consecutive game because of a strained hamstring, the Rockets regained control after falling behind early in the third.

They scored eight straight to stretch a two-point edge to 10 late in the quarter and took an 87-76 lead into the fourth after Green and Paul nailed back-to-back 3s. Houston was in charge the rest of the game.

DeMarcus Cousins scored 16 of his 20 points after Anthony Davis left with an ankle injury in the third quarter, as New Orleans held off Detroit 112-109.

Rajon Rondo capped a 12-point, 15-assist performance with two transition layups in the last 1:21 to help secure a victory the Pelicans needed to restore morale after a listless blowout loss in Minnesota over the weekend.

Davis dominated before he left with 4:41 remaining in the third, scoring 30 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. He walked to the locker room, favouring his right ankle, and never returned.

Cousins, who also had 10 rebounds, picked up the slack, and E’Twaun Moore finished with 23 points.

Tobias Harris scored 25 points and Avery Bradley had 24 for the Pistons, who’ve lost three of four. Andre Drummond, who missed two of Detroit’s previous three games, had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

All the scores from Monday’s NBA games:

Indiana Pacers 109-96 Milwaukee Bucks
Brooklyn Nets 113-114 Toronto Raptors (OT)
Minnesota Timberwolves 127-99 Cleveland Cavaliers
New Orleans Pelicans 112-109 Detroit Pistons
Chicago Bulls 107-116 Houston Rockets
Sacramento Kings 100-107 San Antonio Spurs
Los Angeles Clippers 108-107 Atlanta Hawks
Golden State Warriors 124-114 Denver Nuggets

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