MINNEAPOLIS — Taj Gibson scored a season-high 28 points and Jimmy Butler added 24, providing the Minnesota Timberwolves with the production and energy for a 119-111 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. Jeff Teague pitched in 20 points and Jamal Crawford added 15 for the Timberwolves, who rallied from a deficit as large as 15 points in the second quarter and 12 points late in the third to raise their home record to 24-7 on an emotional evening that started with
MINNEAPOLIS — Whenever the Minnesota Timberwolves threatened, the Houston Rockets had an answer. It usually came from long range. The Rockets hit 10 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 126-108 victory on Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to nine. “I knew we were making our shots, but that fourth quarter, that’s what we’re capable of,” said Rockets guard James Harden. “I think it was a four-point game and we went on a 12-0.
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
MIAMI — It’s halftime in the NBA. Officially, Thursday night’s Cleveland at Toronto game was the 615th on the NBA schedule for this season — the exact midway point on the 1,230-game regular-season slate. Everyone tends to call what follows the All-Star Game as the second half, but it’s more like two-thirds of the season that will be in the books before that showcase next month in Los Angeles. Here’s a look at 10 storylines for the second half: TRADE