MINNEAPOLIS — Mo Williams didn’t spend enough time in a Timberwolves uniform to make Sunday night’s game at Target Center feel like a big Minnesota homecoming.

So the veteran guard called it “just another game.” To the Charlotte Hornets, it was much bigger.

Williams scored 24 points to lead the Hornets to a 109-98 victory that moved them back into playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

“It wasn’t one of those situations where you want to go back and have a good game,” Williams said. “It was more just a game that we really needed to win.”

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Al Jefferson each added 18, and Gerald Henderson had 17 as the Hornets snapped their three-game skid.

The win moved the Hornets ahead of Boston for the eighth spot in the East.

CLIPPERS 107, PELICANS 100: Blake Griffin scored 23 points, and Chris Paul had 23 points and 11 assists for Los Angeles in a win over visiting New Orleans.

Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 26 points and 12 rebounds after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle. Tyreke Evans was sidelined because of the same injury.

THUNDER 93, HEAT 75: Russell Westbrook had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 17 assists for his 10th triple-double of the season to lead Oklahoma City to a win at home.

Enes Kanter added 27 points and 12 rebounds. He was expected to miss his second straight game because of an ankle injury, but he was cleared to play after the morning shootaround and then got off to a fast start with 15 points in the first quarter.

CAVALIERS 108, BUCKS 90: LeBron James scored 28 points and sparked a key second-half run with an emphatic dunk to lead Cleveland past host Milwaukee.

SPURS 114, HAWKS 95: Tiago Splitter scored a season-high 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 20 for visiting San Antonio.

RAPTORS 106, KNICKS 89: DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and Tyler Hansbrough added a season-high 18 as Toronto won at home.

NUGGETS 119, MAGIC 100: Danilo Gallinari scored a career-high 40 points and former Orlando guard Jameer Nelson came off the bench to ignite a big rally at Orlando, Florida.

Nelson finished with 15 points, 13 during a 43-12 run over a 10-minute span of the first half that gave the Nuggets a 63-37 lead.

KINGS 109, WIZARDS 86: Rudy Gay scored 26 points and Sacramento led most of the way against Washington, which has lost 11 of its last 13 road games.


LAKERS: Coach Byron Scott will miss the first two games of a road trip to remain in Southern California for the funeral of his mother, Dorothy. She died March 15 at age 72.