Basketball - On-form Love again powers Minnesota to victory

Minnesota center Kevin Love had 33 points, 13 rebounds and narrowly missed out on a second triple-double in a week with nine assists as the Timberwolves rallied from eight points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Phoenix Suns 110-101.

Basketball - On-form Love again powers Minnesota to victory

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Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots against Markieff Morris #11 of the Phoenix Suns (Reuters)

Timberwolves 110, Suns 101

Love's six straight games with 30 or more points extended his own franchise record. It was also his 11th straight double-double.

Rookie forward Shabazz Muhammad added a career-high 20 points and forward Corey Brewer had 18 for the Timberwolves, who won for the fourth time in the last five games.

Markeiff Morris had 24 points off the bench to lead the Suns, who lost back-to-back home games after winning three straight coming out of the All-Star break.

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Trail Blazers 100, Nuggets 95

Guard Damian Lillard tallied 31 points and nine assists, center Robin Lopez had 12 points and 10 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets.

Nicolas Batum had 16 points and hit a three-pointer with 42.5 seconds left to make it 97-90, and the Nuggets could not mount another rally.

Forward J.J. Hickson had a career-high 25 rebounds and 16 points and guard Randy Foye scored 17 points for Denver (25-31), who has dropped three in a row and eight of its last nine.

Lillard has stepped up his game in the absence of forward LaMarcus Aldridge for the Blazers (39-18).

The point guard is averaging 30 points and eight assists in four games without the team's leading scorer.

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Pacers 118, Lakers 98

Forward Paul George scored 20 points and guard George Hill added 14, leading the Indiana Pacers to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

The victory was the first for the Pacers (43-13) over the Lakers at home since 2008 and it was their NBA-best 27th win at home this season.

George, who this year became just the third All-Star Game starter in Pacers history, turned the third quarter into his own highlight video.

He scored 12 points in the quarter, had three rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. George's offensive punch turned a three-point Pacers halftime edge into a 21-point blowout.

Kent Bazemore scored a career-best 23 points for the Lakers (19-38) in just his second start.

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Bulls 107, Hawks 103

Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich made 6-of-7 free throws in the final 43 seconds to give the Bulls a win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Hinrich, who scored 14 points, made three free throws with 43.2 seconds remaining to put Chicago ahead for good. It was the sixth win in seven games for the Bulls, who won all three meetings with Atlanta this season.

Chicago (30-26) got 22 points from forward Mike Dunleavy and 20 points and 12 rebounds from center Joakim Noah.

Atlanta (26-30) was led by guard Jeff Teague, who had 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, and guard Shelvin Mack with 17 points.

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Raptors 99, Cavaliers 93

All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan fired in a game-high 33 points in the Toronto Raptors' victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Raptors (32-25) won their third consecutive game, and second over the Cavs in the last five days.

The Cavs (22-36) have lost three in a row. Guard Kyrie Irving paced the Cavs with 25 points and nine assists.

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Wizards 115, Magic 106

John Wall scored 27 points and forward Trevor Ariza had 22 as the Washington Wizards downed the Orlando Magic for their season-high fourth straight victory.

Playing without injured forward Nene, the Wizards (29-28) had four starters score at least 21 points, including center Marcin Gortat, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Victor Oladipo scored 26 points and forward Maurice Harkless had 22 for the Magic (17-42).

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