The hardest part of what turned out to be a historic night for Kevin Love was deciding whether he was going to play at all.
With a bulky brace wrapped around his bruised and swollen left knee, the Minnesota Timberwolves star didn't decide to give it a go until about 20 minutes before tipoff. Once he did, he made extending the longest double-double streak in 37 years look too easy.
Love recorded his 52nd double-double in a row to surpass Moses Malone for the longest such streak since the ABA and NBA merged in 1976 in the Timberwolves' 101-75 over the free-falling Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
Love put up 16 points and 21 rebounds in just 27 minutes to help the Timberwolves win for just the 16th time this season. Love didn't waste any time extending the streak, reaching double figures in points and rebounds with just under seven minutes to play in the first half.
"I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get up and down the court with how stiff it was," Love said. "But I think I made the right choice, not only did I get that (mark), but more importantly we got the win."
Clippers 108, Celtics 103: Mo Williams scored 28 points as visiting Los Angeles withstood a late Boston surge to beat the Celtics for its fourth straight win despite a mediocre performance by Blake Griffin.
The Clippers took their biggest lead 65-42 two minutes into the third quarter. They still led 84-68 with 10:28 left before the Celtics went on a 15-2 run.
Hornets 93, Mavericks 92: Jarrett Jack scored 21 points, hitting three free throws to complete an unlikely 8-0 run inside the final minute, as host New Orleans edged Dallas.
The Hornets trailed 92-85 when Dirk Nowitzki made a technical free throw with 1:13 left, then Marco Belinelli hit a 3, and Emeka Okafor put back Belinelli's missed reverse layup. Tyson Chandler, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds in his return from a sprained right ankle, missed two free throws with 17 seconds to go, then Jason Kidd fouled Jack on a 3-point attempt, setting up Jack's decisive free throws with 8.4 seconds left.
Knicks 110, Grizzlies 108: Carmelo Anthony made a 16-footer with less than a second left as New York withstood a late Memphis rally to beat the host Grizzlies.
The winning shot by Anthony, who finished with 31 points, came over Tony Allen after Zach Randolph's three-point play with 14 seconds remaining pulled Memphis even at 108.
Bulls 101, Bobcats 84: Derrick Rose and Kyle Korver scored 20 points apiece as visiting Chicago pulled away in the fourth quarter, a victory dimmed by Carlos Boozer's leg injury. Boozer had X-rays on his left ankle that were negative.
Spurs 111, Pistons 104: Tony Parker scored 23 points as host San Antonio bounced back from a humbling loss to the Lakers by beating Detroit to clinch a playoff berth.