Karl-Anthony Towns bounced back with a 31-point haul for the Minnesota Timberwolves in their 112-99 win over the troubled Dallas Mavericks, extending their victory streak to four.
Minnesota accrued a 24-point lead over the visitors ahead of the fourth quarter before scoring 19, leaving a much bigger margin between them and the Mavericks at full-time than the Wolves had enjoyed in recent games.
Centre Towns hit a career-low in Wednesday’s match-up with the New Orleans Pelicans, scoring just two points, but came back with 31 points and 12 rebounds against Dallas on Saturday.
Dallas have won just one of their games so far this season – their first 1-10 start since 1993-94 – while Minnesota are leading the Northwest Division 5-3.
Defending champions the Golden State Warriors delivered a 127-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets in a game that saw a huge 43-21 third quarter for the Californians.
Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Stephen Curry added 22, while Draymond Green and Klay Thompson scored 15 each as the Warriors won their sixth of seven games.
Will Barton scored 21 for the Nuggets, who began the second half within five points of the visitors only to suffer their worst third period of the season.
Mike Conley scored 22 for the Grizzlies in their 113-104 win over the Los Angeles Clippers that included 13 three-pointers for Memphis.
The Pelicans beat the Chicago Bulls 96-90 in overtime after a close-fought game that saw Anthony Davis score 27 for New Orleans.
In Detroit the Pistons dismissed the Kings 108-99, marking Sacramento’s seventh straight loss and Detroit’s fifth win in six games.