Wiggins lifts Timberwolves to upset win over Warriors

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, right, lays up in front of Minnesota Timberwolves' Kris Dunn during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 10, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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MINNEAPOLIS — Andrew Wiggins scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half and hit the go-ahead free throws with 12.8 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 103-102 NBA victory over the scuffling Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

Ricky Rubio had 17 points and 13 assists, and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 23 points to give the Timberwolves their sixth win in eight games as they try to chase down the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff race. They entered the night 2½ games behind Denver, with Portland and Dallas also ahead of them in the standings.

Klay Thompson scored 30 points for Golden State, but Stephen Curry's remarkable shooting slump continued in the Warriors' second straight loss and fourth in six games without injured star Kevin Durant. Curry scored 26 points, but was just 10 for 27 from the field and 1 for 8 from 3-point range. And he missed an 18-footer in the closing seconds that would have won the game.

ROCKETS 115, BULLS 94

CHICAGO — James Harden had 19 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds as Houston used a dominant third quarter for a victory over Chicago.

Ryan Anderson added 21 points as the Rockets avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Houston outscored Chicago 36-14 in the third quarter — after scoring the last nine points of the first half — on 13-of-22 shooting, including 7 of 12 on 3-pointers. Harden had six points, six assists and five rebounds in the period.

Dwyane Wade had 21 points in 25 minutes for the Bulls after missing the previous two games with a left quad strain. Chicago has dropped four straight.

HAWKS 105, RAPTORS 99

ATLANTA — Dennis Schroder scored 26 points, including 13 in the final period as Atlanta beat Toronto to pull closer in the race for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 28 points and became the first player to score 11,000 points with the Raptors.

Atlanta won the season series 2-1 and would thus win a head-to-head tiebreaker if needed to determine a playoff position. Toronto is fourth in the East, two games ahead of the Hawks.

Paul Millsap had 21 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 for Atlanta.

BUCKS 99, PACERS 85

MILWAUKEE — Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton each scored 21 points as Milwaukee won its season-high fifth straight game by beating Indiana.

John Henson added eight points, seven rebounds and four blocks for Milwaukee, which clinched the season series against Indiana. They are two of five teams competing for the final three spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race, so the Bucks secured an important tiebreaker over the Pacers.

Paul George had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana, which trailed for most of the second half. The Pacers cut it to 79-76 with 8:23 left before the Bucks asserted control with an 8-2 run highlighted by a 3-pointer and floater for Jason Terry.

HORNETS 121, MAGIC 81

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Kemba Walker scored 23 points and Nic Batum and Marvin Williams had double-doubles as Charlotte beat Orlando for its third win in the last four games.

Walker, who earned NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week earlier this week, was 9 of 13 from the field and knocked down five of his first seven 3-point attempts in only 24 minutes of action.

Walker now has a career-high 187 3-pointers this season.

Batum was smooth, finishing with 25 points and 10 assists, while Williams had 12 points and was a force on the glass with a career-high 18 rebounds. Williams also provided the highlight of the night with a monster jam over Bismack Biyombo on a three-point play.

Charlotte shot 59.5 percent from the field and made 10 of 21 3-pointers.

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