Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale signed 10-day contracts with Minnesota on Saturday morning, then scored the first 23 points of the fourth quarter to lift the Timberwolves to a 92-79 victory over the slumping Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
Johnson, signed from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth. Gelabale, a forward who arrived from France on Thursday, had 10 of his 11 points in the final 12 minutes to help the injury-plagued Wolves snap a five-game skid.
James Harden scored 18 points on 5-of-18 shooting for the Rockets, who have lost seven straight games. Houston shot 32 percent and committed 20 turnovers.
Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Luke Ridnour scored 16 points for the Timberwolves, who had lost each of their previous five by double digits and were playing with just nine healthy bodies.
Johnson was serenaded with tongue-in-cheek chants of "M-V-P! M-V-P!" when he knocked down two free throws for a 71-62 Timberwolves lead.
Kings 97, Bobcats 93: Marcus Thornton scored 18 points off the bench, and Sacramento held off Charlotte on the road for its third win in four games.
DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Kemba Walker had a chance to tie the game but shot an air ball on a 3-point attempt with 3 seconds left as Charlotte lost its 14th straight game at home. Walker had 14 points and 10 assists.
Spurs 98, Hawks 93: Tony Parker had 23 points and 12 assists, and San Antonio held off Atlanta for its fourth straight victory.
Grizzlies 85, Bulls 82: Chicago, playing its third consecutive overtime game in four days, ran out of gas in the extra session and played without forward Luol Deng (hamstring). Zach Randolph had 13 points and 19 rebounds for Memphis.
Mavericks: Shawn Marion has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the officiating. Marion was quoted after the Mavericks' 117-114 overtime loss to Oklahoma City on Friday as saying that "it's hard to beat anybody when you're playing five on eight."