Garnett enjoys winning return

The 38-year-old spent 12 years in Minneapolis, during which time he was voted NBA MVP, before he was traded in 2007 but he returned to a rapturous reception on Wednesday night.

He could only put up five points but Kevin Martin poured in 28 as the struggling Wolves eased to victory.

Back-up point-guard Dennis Schroder was the star for the high-flying Atlanta Hawks, pouring in 19 points in a 104-87 win against the in-from Dallas Mavericks.

Great Britain star Luol Deng scored 21 points as the Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic 93-90 after overtime and there was another tight contest in Utah, where the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the Jazz 100-97.

City neighbours the Clippers were not so fortunate as they fell 110-105 to the Houston Rockets despite Jamal Crawford’s 24 points, but the Sacramento Kings brought a win to California as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies 102-90.

Wesley Matthews’ 31-point haul helped Portland inflict a fourth consecutive loss on the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, lifting the Trail Blazers to a 111-95 success.

The New York Knicks slumped to an eighth straight defeat, as Evan Turner’s first career triple-double – 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists – propelled the Boston Celtics to a 115-94 victory.

Charlotte snapped a five-game losing streak with a 98-86 win against the Chicago Bulls, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist leading the Hornets with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

The Phoenix Suns halted a five-game skid with a 110-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets, the Milwaukee Bucks were 104-88 winners against the Philadelphia 76ers and a career-high 25 points from Quincy Pondexter spurred the New Orleans Pelicans to a 102-96 triumph over the Brooklyn Nets.