Michael Beasley scored 34 points off the bench while shooting 10-14 from the floor as the Minnesota Timberwolves knocked off the Houston Rockets 120-09 at the Toyota Center on Monday. Kevin Love scored 29 points for Minny, shooting 10-15. The Wolves shot 58.1 percent from the floor in total, and survived a 29-point outburst from Kevin Martin.
Houston star Kyle Lowry had a muted game playing across from Ricky Rubio. Lowry finished with 11 points on 5-10 shooting with three assists, four rebounds and two steals. Rubio, a rookie, racked up 18 points on 6-10 shooting with 11 assists and eight rebounds. That's not a match-up that Houston can afford to lose.
With the win, Minnesota moves to 10-11 while Houston drops to 12-9.
In other action:
Heat 109, Hornets 95: Miami won its fifth straight, an easy breeze against New Orleans. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 22 points, with the former adding eight assists and 11 rebounds. Miami led by 19 at the end of the third quarter.
Mavericks 122, Suns 99: Three complementary players got it done for Dallas, as Delonte West scored 25 points with six assists off the bench and Shawn Marion and Vince Carter each sprung for more than 20 against their former team. Steve Nash did not play.
Bulls 98, Wizards 88: Derrick Rose scored 35 points on 10-20 shooting and added eight assists in outdueling John Wall (20 points, six assists). Joakim Noah not only had 14 points, but added 13 rebounds and seven assists.