The Utah Jazz overcame plenty of adversity to beat the Los Angeles Lakers, whose injury-placed season reached historic proportions.
Brandan Wright scored 16 points and matched his career high with seven blocked shots, helping the Phoenix Suns to a sluggish, cold-shooting 74-72 victory over a New Orleans Pelicans team playing without star Anthony Davis on Thursday night.
Harden scored a career-high 50 points with 10 rebounds to lead the host Houston Rockets past the Denver Nuggets, 118-108.
The Minnesota Timberwolves were so desperate for bodies they signed a player Thursday based on how quickly he could get to the game.
Highlights of Thursday’s National Basketball Association games:
The Knicks and the Timberwolves entered Thursday night with matching records: 14-53, which qualified them as the two worst teams in the N.B.A. Minnesota emerged with the victory.
James Harden scored a career-high 50 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 118-108 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.
Zach LaVine made the tying and go-ahead free throws with 10.7 seconds left and scored six of his 20 points in overtime as the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the New York Knicks 95-92 on Thursday night in a matchup of the NBA’s biggest losers.
Taurasi, a veteran star, chose to sit out the coming W.N.B.A. season to honor the wishes of her foreign team, which pays her a lot more than the Phoenix Mercury do.
Both madness and badness were on display Thursday night at the Garden.
NEW YORK — To Lance Thomas, the New York Knicks’ effort in their overtime loss on Thursday was “unacceptable.”To a large segment of the team’s fan base, however, it was perfectly acceptable. Preferable, even. That’s where we are with the 2014-15 Knicks, who are at the tail end of the worst season in franchise history. For New York, the focus now is on losses and on lottery odds. So, in a sense, Thursday’s game against Minnesota was oddly one of the most pivotal of the season.