The San Antonio Spurs denied Minnesota in the Timberwolves’ attempt to earn a winning season record after a 104-86 victory.
Despite playing without guard Manu Ginobili, who is still day-to-day with a sore hamstring, and reserve guard Danny Green, who left the game in the second quarter with a left hand injury and did not return, the Spurs (29-8) won their fourth straight game.
Kawhi Leonard led a balanced Spurs attack with 17 points and six rebounds. Tim Duncan added 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in the win.
Elsewhere, the Memphis Grizzlies prevailed 108-101 despite blowing a 13-point, third-quarter lead in a victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Memphis point guard Mike Conley finished with 21 points with 13 assists and four steals while power forward Zach Randolph also had a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points, forward Rudy Gay added 20, and the Sacramento Kings routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-80 for their season-high third straight victory.
DeMarcus Cousins added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings (13-22).
Guard CJ Miles led the Cavaliers (13-24) with 14 points. Luol Deng added 12 points in his second game since coming to Cleveland from the Chicago Bulls in a trade.