Wolves storm past Lakers on emotional night


October 30, 2015
Dallas Mavericks' Deron Williams (right) drives past Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday in Phoenix. (AP Photo)


Minnesota's Ricky Rubio had a career-high 28 points as the Timberwolves rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-111 on Wednesday in their opening game of the new NBA season.

It was an emotional win for the Timberwolves, coming three days after longtime coach and team president Flip Saunders died following a battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Cleveland's Kevin Love had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to a 106-76 win at Memphis.

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 10 assists to lead the Thunder past San Antonio 112-106.

Miami's Chris Bosh scored 21 points in his first game since getting sick last February, and helped the Heat beat Charlotte 104-94.

Los Angeles' Paul Pierce endeared himself to his new teammates by putting the Clippers ahead for good with a late jumper that sealed a 111-104 victory over Sacramento.

Chicago made it two wins in two night to start the season by taking a 115-100 victory at Brooklyn.

Portland opened its campaign with a 112-94 home win against an understrength New Orleans.

Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 15 rebounds as the Raptors beat Indiana 106-99.

Eight Dallas players reached double figures in points as the Mavericks won 110-95, with Raymond Felton leading the way with 18.

Denver led from start to finish in taking a 105-85 win at Houston, led by 23 points by Danilo Gallinari.

Detroit's Reggie Jackson put the Pistons ahead on a driving layup with 17 seconds left, and the hosts held on to beat Utah 92-87.

New York's Derrick Williams scored 24 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 16 in his NBA debut as the Knicks defeated Milwaukee 122-97.

Boston's Isaiah Thomas had 27 points and seven assists in a 112-95 win against Philadelphia.

Washington rallied to beat Orlando 88-87, with John Wall hitting a floater with 12.7 seconds to play.

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