The Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a 13-game losing streak and won for the first time this season under Kevin McHale, getting a season-best 23 points from Rashad McCants in a 120-107 victory over host New York Knicks last night.
Al Jefferson added 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who rode the combination of Jefferson's inside play and some sizzling three-point shooting to win for the first time since beating Oklahoma City on Nov. 28. Minnesota had dropped its first eight games under McHale, who took over when Randy Wittman was fired Dec. 8.
Sebastian Telfair finished with a season-high 20 points and Randy Foye had 19 for the Wolves. Nate Robinson and Al Harrington each scored 26 points for the Knicks.
In other games:
* At Oakland, Calif., Steven Jackson scored 28 points as Golden State (9-22) handed Boston (27-4) its second consecutive loss, 99-89.
* At New Orleans, Chris Paul had 26 points and 10 assists, and the Hornets snapped a two-game skid with an 88-79 victory over the Rockets. Yao Ming had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Houston.
* At Auburn Hills, Mich., Allen Iverson's off-balance runner with 0.2 seconds left gave the Detroit Pistons a 90-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
* At Salt Lake City, rookie Kosta Koufos scored a career-high 18 points and Deron Williams added 17 points and 13 assists as the Utah Jazz beat the Dallas Mavericks, 97-88. Dirk Nowitzki had 17 points and eight rebounds before he was ejected for backhanding Matt Harpring with 9:48 left.
* At Sacramento, Jermaine O'Neal scored 36 points in his highest-scoring game in two seasons and Toronto beat the Kings, 107-101.
* At Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, Daequan Cook hit a trio of three-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Heat eclipsed its 2007-08 win total by beating the Chicago Bulls, 90-77. Mario Chalmers had 16 points and six assists for Miami (16-12), which won its fourth straight.
* At East Rutherford, N.J., Raymond Felton scored 22 points, Emeka Okafor added 21 and the Charlotte Bobcats won for the fourth time in five games with a 95-87 victory over the Nets.
* At Memphis, rookie O.J. Mayo scored 18 points, including two key free throws with a second left, and the Grizzlies overcame an early 17-point deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers, 108-105. Hakim Warrick paced the Grizzlies with 21 points off the bench.
* The Christmas Day game between the Lakers and Celtics was the highest-rated regular-season NBA game in 4 years, earning a 5.3 fast national rating on ABC, the network said. The rating for the Lakers' 92-83 victory was 51 percent higher than the 3.5 mark for last year's Christmas game between the Lakers and Phoenix. *