By Ed Baylor: Minnesota Timberwolves (40-39) guard Corey Brewer scored 51 points to lead the Timberwolves to a narrow 112-110 win over the Houston Rockets (52-27) on Friday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham scored 20 points with 13 rebounds. Center Gorgui Dieng scored 12 points with 20 rebounds. Guard Ricky Rubio scored 16 points with 10 assists and 6 rebounds.
Rockets forward Chandler Parsons scored 27 points with 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Terrence Jones scored 10 points with 8 rebounds. Center Omer Asik scored 9 points with 15 rebounds. Guard James Harden scored 33 points with 10 assists and 8 rebounds. Guard Jeremy Lin scored 14 points. Omri Casspi scored 9 points.
Other NBA results:
The Chicago Bulls (47-32) won their 7th consecutive game in defeating the Detroit Pistons (29-51) by a 106-98 score at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy scored 14 points with 6 rebounds. Forward Carlos Boozer scored 18 points with 7 rebounds. Center Joakim Noah scored 6 points with 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Guard Jimmy Butler scored 13 points. Guard Kirk Hinrich scored 10 points. D.J. Augustin scored 24 points with 6 assists. Taj Gibson scored 17 points.
Pistons forward Greg Monroe scored 7 point with 7 rebounds. Center Andre Drummond scored 26 points with 26 rebounds. Guard Brandon Jennings scored 17 points. Guard Rodney Stuckey scored 22 points. Peyton Silva scored 12 points.
The Memphis Grizzlies (47-32) won their 13th straight home game in defeating the visiting Philadelphia 76ers (17-62) at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph scored 10 points with 11 rebounds. Forward James Johnson scored 10 points with 6 rebounds. Center Marc Gasol scored 21 points with 10 rebounds. Nick Calathes scored 12 points. Mike Miller scored 19 points. Tony Allen scored 15 points.
76ers forward Thaddeus Young scored 18 points. Center Henry Sims scored 9 rebounds with 6 rebounds. Guard Michael Carter-Williams scored 8 points with 6 rebounds. Elliot Williams scored 13 points. Tony Wroten scored 18 points.
Playing at home, the Oklahoma City Thunder (58-21) clinched the No.2 seed in the West with a dominating 116-94 win over the New Orleans Pelicans (32-47) at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored 27 points with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Serge Ibaka scored 16 points with 10 rebounds. Guard Russell Westbrook scored 24 points with 7 assists. Reggie Johnson scored 11 points.
Pelicans forward Darius Miller scored 18 points. Guard Austin Rivers scored 18 points. Guard Tyreke Evans scored 13 points with 6 assists. Alexis Ajinca scored 12 points with 6 rebounds.
The Boston Celtics (24-55) got a rare win in defeating the Charlotte Bobcats (40-39) by a 106-103 score at TD Garden in Boston, Mass. Celtics forward Brandon Bass scored 18 points with 9 rebounds. Forward Jeff Green scored 18 points. Center Jared Sullinger scored 20 points with 7 rebounds. Guard Phil Pressey scored 10 points with 13 assists. Guard Avery Bradley scored 22 points. Kelly Olynk scored 12 points.
Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts scored 9 points with 10 assists. Forward Michael Kill-Gilchrist scored 10 points with 6 rebounds. Center Al Jefferson scored 32 points with 10 rebounds. Guard Luke Ridnour scored 9 points with 5 assists. Guard Gerald Henderson scored 11 points. Gary Neal scored 13 points.
The playoff bound Washington Wizards (41-38) defeated the Orlando Magic (23-56) by a 96-86 score at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Wizards forward Trevor Booker scored 14 points. Center Marcin Gortat scored 12 points with 6 rebounds. Guard John Wall scored 10 points with 12 assists. Guard Bradley Beal scored 16 points. Otto Porter Jr. scored 9 points with 9 rebounds. Nene Hilario scored 17 points.
Magic forward Kyle O’Quinn scored 13 points with 9 rebounds. Guard Jameer Nelson scored 12 points with 11 assists. Guard Aaron Affalo scored 19 points. Tobias Harris scored 10 points. Doron Lamb scored 11 points.
The New York Knicks (34-45) defeated the Toronto Raptors (46-33) by a 108-100 score at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Despite losing the game the Raptors still was able to clinch the Atlantic Division. Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire scored 24 points with 11 rebounds. Forward Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points with 8 rebounds. Center Tyson Chandler scored 6 points with 7 rebounds. Guard J.R. Smith scored 15 points. Guard Raymond Felton scored 12 points. Iman Shumpert scored 11 points with 5 rebounds.
Raptors forward Terrence Ross scored 13 points. Center Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points with 21 rebounds. Guard DeMar DeRozxan scored 26 points with 5 assists. John Salmons scored 10 points.