Harden shoot-athon helped Rockets to win over Timberwolves


Ben McLemore scored 20 points while undrafted rookie Chris Clemons and Austin Rivers both chalked up 19.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 15 rebounds for Minnesota (7-6).

Elsewhere, league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in Milwaukee’s 102-83 rout of the Indiana Pacers, who were forced into their worst shooting performance of the season.

Brook Lopez added 15 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots for the 9-3 Bucks as the Pacers shot a season-low 32 per cent from the field against the

Kendrick Nunn scored 22 points to lead Miami Heat to a 109-94 win over New Orleans to remain unbeaten at home.

Bam Adebayo had 18 points and 14 rebounds while Jimmy Butler added 16 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds as Miami improved to 5-0 at home and 9-3 overall – equalling their best 12-game start in team history.

Luka Doncic had 26 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists in Dallas’ 110-102 win over NBA champions Toronto.

CJ McCollum scored 32 points as the Portland Trail Blazers saw off the San Antonio Spurs 121-116 to spoil Tim Duncan’s first shot at coaching after Gregg Popovich’s ejection early in the third quarter.

Spencer Dinwiddie top scored with 24 points as Brooklyn accounted for the Bulls 117-111 without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving (shoulder) to snap a three-game losing streak.

Meanwhile, Devonte’ Graham made his ninth three-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining to end the game with 29 points as Charlotte edged the New York Knicks 103-102.

In more bad injury news for the Golden State Warriors, their leading scorer Russell will miss at least two weeks of the NBA season with a sprained right thumb.

The team announced his status after reviewing results of an MRI on Saturday.

D’Angelo Russell has joined Golden State’s extensive injury list.Credit:Getty Images

He will be re-evaluated in two weeks and will not join the Warriors on their four-game road trip.

Russell, 23, left Friday night’s 105-100 home loss to the Boston Celtics midway through the third quarter after having the ball swiped away by Daniel Theis during a drive to the basket.

He missed the game’s final 18 minutes.

The All-Star had his hand checked on the sideline, then went to the locker room and didn’t return.

Russell, who is averaging 24.3 points and 6.7 assists, finished the game with 12 points, seven assists and nine turnovers.

The injury is the latest setback for the 2-11 Warriors, who also are without stars Stephen Curry (broken hand) and Klay Thompson (torn ACL, season).

Kevon Looney, Jacob Evans and rookie Alen Smailagic also have missed all or most of the season thus far.

The Warriors face the New Orleans Pelicans (3-8) on the road on Sunday.

AP, Reuters

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