NBA wrap: Otto Porter Jr. hits late shot to lift Wizards past Timberwolves

A look at the scores and highlights from around the NBA Tuesday.

LeBron James scored 21 points with 12 rebounds, six assists and five steals before getting ejected for the first time in his career.

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. hit a clutch jumper with 25 seconds left on the clock Tuesday to lift Washington past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 92-89 on the road.

Porter scored a game-high 22 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, while also grabbing eight rebounds. Porter was the only Wizards starter to reach double-figure scoring, but the team's bench totaled 49 points.

"They came in and played well for us. They gave us great energy," Porter said. "We kind of fed off that energy in the second half."

Minnesota led by eight points at halftime, but scored just 38 in the second half. All five Timberwolves starters scored in double-figures — Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with 20 points and 17 rebounds — but its offense went stale down the stretch.

The Wizards and Timberwolves have both been mercurial this season. While both teams feature talented rosters, ready for a playoff push, neither has been able to get into a rhythm so far this season.

With the win, Washington (11-9) moved into seventh in the Eastern Conference standings.

STUD OF THE NIGHT

 

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love scored 32 of his game-high 38 points in the first half, leading the Cavaliers to a 108-97 win over the Heat. Love drained 10 of 16 shots from the field, including 4 of 8 from beyond the arc. He also hauled in nine rebounds with two assists and two steals.

LeBron James also scored 21 points with 12 rebounds, six assists and five steals before getting ejected for the first time in his career.

DUD OF THE NIGHT

Bulls guard Denzel Valentine scored just five points on 2-of-7 shooting in 39 minutes of action, while falling 104-99 at home to the Suns. Valentine has enjoyed a solid season, but Tuesday night's performance will be one to forget.