MINNEAPOLIS — For the Houston Rockets, finally facing a challenge from Minnesota and a hostile crowd on the road was a good test to prepare for the postseason. The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are left holding on for dear life in a tightening playoff race. James Harden had 34 points and 12 assists and helped the Rockets fend off a fourth-quarter rally and beat the Timberwolves 129-120 on Sunday night. The win was Houston’s 26th in 28 games, and it dropped Minnesota into the eighth
WASHINGTON — A shot to the mouth left Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns with some damaged teeth. His sense of humor? That, at least, was intact. “Mom always says, ‘Keep your hand off the stove,‘ and I put my hand around the stove a little too much now and it was destined to happen that I’d get hit like that and lose my tooth,” Towns said with a smile. “But instead, God blessed me with losing pieces of five of my teeth.” Towns
MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns helped Minnesota stop a season-longest three-game losing streak with 31 points and 16 rebounds, and the Timberwolves powered their way past Golden State down the stretch for a 109-103 victory on Sunday to hand the Warriors their second straight defeat without Stephen Curry. Kevin Durant had 39 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who left Curry at home from this road trip to rest an injured right ankle and lost 125-108 to Portland on Friday.
CLEVELAND — With their NBA title hopes fading fast, the Cavaliers got aggressive at the trading deadline. They swapped teams. Cleveland completely changed its look — and perhaps its chances of winning a championship this season — on Thursday with a stunning sequence of deals. Cavs general manager Koby Altman traded six players, including Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, and two future draft picks in moves designed to not only help them in the short term but