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The only major setback for the Warriors came when shooting guard Klay Thompson limped to the locker room 6 minutes into the first quarter with a strained lower back. He did not return for precautionary reasons, the team said.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kevin Love had 28 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, and Minnesota outlasted Detroit.

Kevin Martin scored 24 points and Ricky Rubio added 11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who are trying to mount a push for the Western Conference playoffs.

Greg Monroe had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Will Bynum scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons. But Detroit shot 40 percent and lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota.


TORONTO (AP) - Terrence Ross scored 18 points to lead the Raptors over Sacramento, spoiling Rudy Gay’s return to Toronto.

Gay had 15 points for the Kings, who acquired him in a seven-player deal on Dec. 9. The game marked his first trip back since he was shipped with Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to the Kings for Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes.

Patterson and DeMar DeRozan each scored 15 points, while Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and Amir Johnson had nine rebounds to go with nine points for the Raptors, who have won eight of 10.

DeMarcus Cousins topped Sacramento with 24 points.


NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 18 of his 29 points in the first quarter, sending New York to a rare easy night against Utah.

Anthony added a season-high eight assists while playing just three quarters of a game that wasn’t competitive for long after the opening tip. J.R. Smith had 17 points and Tyson Chandler finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who led by as many as 32.

With a long way to go to get back into playoff position, the Knicks won their second straight following a seven-game losing streak.

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