Brook Lopez strengthened his push for a spot on the All-Star team with 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting, helping the Brooklyn Nets hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves 91-83 on Wednesday night.
The Nets improved to 12 and 2 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. Lopez, the NBA's highest-scoring center, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans. Williams and Johnson scored 18 points apiece, and the Nets never trailed despite some sloppy stretches of play.
C.J. Watson added 14 points for the Nets, who won for the first time in their last nine games at Minnesota. The Wolves have lost seven of their last eight overall.
The Miami Heat started slowly but finished on fire in beating the Toronto Raptors 123-116 in overtime. Dwyane Wade scored 35 points, LeBron James got his 34th career triple-double and the Miami Heat rallied from a 15-point deficit to win.
Elsehwere in the NBA Atlanta beat Charlotte 104-92. Denver defeated Houston 105-95. Chicago topped Detroit 85-82. Memphis bested the L-A Lakers 106-93. San Antonio outdid New Orleans 106 102. Utah edged ahead of Washington 92-88. Portland triumphed over Indiana 100-80. Phoenix finished ahead of Sacramento 106-96 and Golden State won against Oklahoma City 104-99.
Checking the NHL now Marian Gaborik scored twice in the first period and then completed his hat trick 27 seconds into overtime as the New York Rangers overcame a pair of blown leads and beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Wednesday night for their first win of the season. Toronto beat Pittsburg 5-2. Vancouver defeated Calgary 3-2 and Phoenix bested Columbus 5-1.
In College Basketball University of Albany beat New Hampshire 68-62. 25th ranked Miami trumped 1st place Duke 90-63. 7th ranked Indiana dominated over Penn St. 72-49. And 8th ranked Florida were victorious over Georgia 64-47.