NBA: Crabbe’s three-point frenzy guides Portland past Timberwolves

Crabbe sank 8-of-10 shots from three-point range as Portland rallied from a 15-point third-quarter deficit to end a two-game losing streak.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe hits a 3-point shot over Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kris Dunn to give the Blazers the lead during the second half.   -  AP

Trail Blazers 105, Timberwolves 98

Allen Crabbe came off the bench to score 25 points and pace the Portland Trail Blazers to a 105-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night at Moda Center.

Crabbe sank 8-of-10 shots from three-point range as Portland rallied from a 15-point third-quarter deficit to end a two-game losing streak.

Damian Lillard collected 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Trail Blazers, which moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Denver in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with three games to play. The Nuggets have four games remaining.

Andrew Wiggins scored 36 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Karl-Anthony Town had 24 points and 16 boards for Minnesota, which was outscored 25-11 in the fourth quarter.

Hawks 123, Celtics 116

Paul Millsap had 26 points and 12 rebounds as Atlanta enhance its play-off chances with a victory over Boston.

The win moved the Hawks a half-game ahead of Milwaukee for fifth in the Eastern Conference. A loss would have dropped the Hawks only one game above the play-off line.

The Celtics lost for the second straight night, severely damaging any chance they have to win the conference. Boston was led by Isaiah Thomas with 35 points and Jae Crowder with 24. Marcus Smart made five three-pointers and scored 18.

Wizards 106, Knicks 103

Washington moved into a tie for third place with Toronto in the Eastern Conference with a victory over New York.

Bradley Beal topped the Wizards with 25 points. John Wall contributed 24 points and eight assists, and Marcin Gortat recorded 16 points.

The Knicks received 23 points from Carmelo Anthony, 16 from Justin Holiday and 13 from Willy Hernangomez. Kristaps Porzingis was out with a sore lower back.

Pacers 104, Bucks 89

Paul George had 23 points and 10 rebounds as Indiana won consecutive games for the first time in two months.

The Pacers, which is tied for seventh with Chicago in the Eastern Conference, defeated Toronto on Tuesday night. Indiana had not won two in a row since beating Detroit on Feb. 4 and Oklahoma on Feb. 6.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 23 of his 25 points in the first three quarters for Milwaukee, which is one game ahead of the Pacers. Mirza Teletovic added 15, all on three-pointers, but the Bucks committed 21 turnovers, which led to 29 Indiana points.

Bulls 102, 76ers 90

Nikola Mirotic scored 22 points, and Jimmy Butler added 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as Chicago defeated Philadelphia.

Jerian Grant contributed 15 points, Joffrey Lauvergne had 14 and Bobby Portis chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who won for the fifth time in six games.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 18 points and Justin Anderson had 17 to lead the 76ers, which dropped its fifth straight.

Magic 115, Nets 107

Elfrid Payton had 22 points and 11 assists, and Orlando snapped a five-game losing streak by beating Brooklyn.

Aaron Gordon had 21 points for the Magic. Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Jodie Meeks, starting in place of Evan Fournier, had 20 points, while Mario Hezonja scored 11.

Jeremy Lin scored a season-high 32 points for the Nets, who never led in the second half and had their season-high three-game winning streak snapped.

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