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Tyus Jones Going To The Grizzlies As Timberwolves Choose Not To Match Offer
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=896288 Tyus Jones is heading to Memphis.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Tyus Jones is heading to Memphis.
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The hometown point guard signed a three year, $28 million deal with the Grizzlies.
The Timberwolves could have matched the offer but didn’t.
A statement by the team said, “We sincerely thank Tyus for his contributions on the court and Tyus and the entire Jones family for their genuine impact on the Twin Cities community. We wish them nothing but the best in Memphis.”
It also thanked Tyus and the Jones family for their impact on the Twin Cities.
Wolves Name Bryan Gates Assistant Coach
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=895496 The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Friday that Bryan Gates will be taking over the team’s assistant coach role. ]]> MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Friday that Bryan Gates will be taking over the team’s assistant coach role.
Gates, who was an assistant coach for the Wolves for the 2015-2016 season, spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings.
“I want to thank Gersson and Coach Saunders for this opportunity and I’m thrilled to be back in Minnesota,” Gates said. “I’m impressed with the foundation that is being laid and look forward to working with Ryan and the rest of the coaching staff to help our players succeed.”
Gates joins Pablo Prigioni, who was named assistant coach in late June.
Derrick Rose’s Emotional Post-Game Interview Wins NBA Moment Of The Year Award
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=893627 After Derrick Rose scored a career-high 50 points in a Halloween night game against the Utah Jazz, he broke down in the post-game interview. ]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – After Derrick Rose scored a career-high 50 points in a Halloween night game against the Utah Jazz, he broke down in the post-game interview.
Overcome with emotion, the former MVP said he “worked his a– off” to perform at that elite level and recover from multiple knee surgeries.
Everyone at Target Center knew it was a powerful moment, and the NBA agreed. On Monday night, Rose won the NBA Moment of the Year Award.
Following the October game, in which Rose carried the wolves to a 128-125 victory over Utah, stars around the league, such as LeBron James and Stephen Curry, paid tribute to Rose.
Rose was the league MVP in 2011, when he played for the Chicago Bulls. He is an NBA free agent this offseason.
Suns Take Jarrett Culver At No. 6, Trade Him To Wolves
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=893018 The Suns used the No. 6 overall pick to take Texas Tech forward Jarrett Culver, but a person with knowledge said they traded him to Minnesota for power forward Dario Saric and the No. 11 pick.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves, under new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, have embarked on a roster revamp to improve their defense and 3-point shooting in an attempt to thrive in the current pace-and-space era in the NBA.
With center Karl-Anthony Towns well established as their go-to guy, the race has begun to accumulate as many versatile perimeter players as possible. Rosas took an aggressive tack toward his first draft with the team, and the Timberwolves wound up with another wing: Jarrett Culver.
“What we were able to do tonight is pretty rare,” Rosas said Thursday. “A lot of times those things don’t come together.”
With the 11th overall selection, the Wolves took North Carolina small forward Cameron Johnson, but with the intent of trading him with power forward Dario Saric to Phoenix in a proposed pre-draft swap that pushed them up five slots for the rights to Culver, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday because the trade cannot become official for salary cap purposes until July 6, when free agent contracts can be signed.
In the second round, with the 43rd overall selection, the Wolves took Washington’s Jaylen Nowell, who can play either guard spot.
“For us to be able to put a group of wings like we’re going to be able to put on the floor at certain points this year gives us a lot of versatility, gives us some shooting, gives us playmaking,” Rosas said. “That’s how we want to play.”
Culver, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, comes with a strong defensive pedigree. He played two seasons at Texas Tech , helping the Red Raiders reach the Final Four for the first time in program history. Culver’s last game was actually in Minnesota when the Red Raiders lost to Virginia in the NCAA championship game . He was the first recruit coach Chris Beard contacted after taking the job, a native of Lubbock, Texas, who stayed in town to play for the hometown school.
Beard transformed Texas Tech into a defensive machine, and Culver was his best offensive player. Though he might not fit the profile of the pure 3-point shooter the Timberwolves have lacked for years, Culver ought to provide another boost to a team that can surely use more lockdown defenders, too, just like last year’s first-round draft pick, Josh Okogie.
“That’s one of the best parts of my game, the defensive side,” Culver said. “I feel like I can make an impact on the defensive side and come in and do that. Also, playing with some great players over there, I feel like I can make an impact on the offensive end and be another threat.”
As a sophomore, Culver’s 3-point percentage fell to 30.2 from 38.4 during his freshman year.
“I’m still confident in my shot, for sure. All the work that I’ve put in, I know it’s going to go in,” Culver said, adding: “I feel like a big reason why it dropped is just because I had the ball in my hands more. I was guarded different by a lot of teams. If you know the numbers, my freshman year, I wasn’t having off-the-dribble shots, and I wasn’t really having the ball. It was more kick-out threes. Then this year, I was really having to take tougher shots.”
Culver said he planned to get in the gym for a late-night workout once the draft festivities were done. The Timberwolves weren’t allowed to formally acknowledge him , because of the moratorium on finalizing the trade, and like some of the other draftees he rather awkwardly donned a Suns hat on stage and received a Suns wristwatch as part of the requisite pomp.
“I’m not keeping that,” Culver said later. “I already gave that back. I’m making sure I got my Minnesota one on.”
Rosas acknowledged the trade in general terms of moving up, but he wasn’t allowed to speak to reporters specifically about Culver.
“We saw a couple of breaks in the draft where we knew we had to get ahead of, and we were fortunate to get into the right territory,” Rosas said.
Saric was acquired last November from Philadelphia in the Jimmy Butler trade, with small forward Robert Covington and point guard Jerryd Bayless. Covington was the centerpiece, but he played in only 22 games for the Wolves because of a knee injury. Saric, thus, wound up with the most visibility. The 6-foot-10 native of Croatia averaged 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 68 games for Minnesota, getting 28 starts.
“We want to make sure that we’ve got people in place that can grow and develop with him and peak at the right time,” Rosas said this week. “You win in this league with high-end players, and fortunately on our roster we’ve got a high-end player.”
There’s a lot of work remaining this summer for Rosas. The NBA’s free agency frenzy, of course, is coming fast, with Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson and Anthony Tolliver all about to become unrestricted free agents and Tyus Jones on track to be a restricted free agent. The rest of the front office and coaching staff have to be filled out, too. The Timberwolves this week announced the addition of David Vanterpool as associate head coach. After spending the last seven seasons as an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers, Vanterpool will essentially be the defensive coordinator for new coach Ryan Saunders.
Timberwolves Hosting NBA Draft Viewing Party At Target Center
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=892634 Want to watch the NBA Draft with fellow Timberwolves fans? Then know that the team sees you and has organized a draft party in downtown Minneapolis. ]]> MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Want to watch the NBA Draft with fellow Timberwolves fans? Then know that the team sees you and has organized a draft party in downtown Minneapolis.
In a press release Wednesday, the team announced that a draft viewing party will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at Cargo inside Target Center. The party is free and open to all Timberwolves fans.
Timberwolves forward Josh Okogie will be there, as will the Timberwolves Dancers and Action Pack.
Aside from a live screening of the draft, there’ll be a full-service bar, food, games, and raffle prizes, which the team says will include jerseys and a chance to win a pair of season tickets.
In the draft, the team has the No. 11 pick in the first round.
Derrick Rose’s Forthcoming Book Details Jimmy Butler Drama
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=890556 A new book written by Derrick Rose features some insight into the volatile Jimmy Butler situation that ended with his departure from the Minnesota Timberwolves.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new book written by Derrick Rose features some insight into the volatile Jimmy Butler situation that ended with his departure from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Star Tribune reported on some details included in the forthcoming “I’ll Show You,” which isn’t scheduled to be released until September.
According to the paper’s Michael Rand, Rose claims he and Butler talked extensively during Butler’s much-publicized request to be traded from the Timberwolves.
“Look, it wasn’t his fault,” Rose writes, according to Rand. “It’s the league’s fault. Nothing against Karl-Anthony Towns, he’s cool — and he’s good. But you get these kids and you spoil them before they achieve something.”
Towns last September secured a $190 million deal for five years with the Wolves.
Rand also pointed out that, during Butler’s bench-against-starters incident, he “scored one time in that practice they were all writing about. Yes, one basket. Right hand up to God. What’s so exciting about that? But the media is going crazy. You would think he scored 30.”
Bleacher Report Writer Says Wolves’ Season Is On Karl-Anthony Towns
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=888142 CBS Local sat with Yaron Weitzman recently to talk about where the Wolves go from here, with a new coach and a new president.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The fate of the Timberwolves could hang on the performance of Karl-Anthony Towns, according to a writer from Bleacher Report.
CBS Local sat with Yaron Weitzman recently to talk about where the Wolves go from here, with a new coach and a new president.
Weitzman said that Towns is “one of the best offensive players in the league,” even if the defensive side isn’t arguably always there.
“We’ll see how Towns takes over,” Weitzman said about the team in the post-Jimmy Butler era. “It’s on him now.”
Watch the video above to see more insight on the Timberwolves’ immediate future.
‘There’s Going To Be Changes’: Ryan Saunders Takes The Wheel For The Timberwolves
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=887542 Meet the youngest one-two management punch in the NBA: new Head Coach Ryan Saunders and new President of Basketball Gersson Rosas.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Meet the youngest one-two management punch in the NBA: new Head Coach Ryan Saunders and new President of Basketball Gersson Rosas.
“We are the youngest duo. While some will see that as a challenge, we see that as an opportunity,” Rosas said. “We want to do things that haven’t been done.”
That’s part of Saunders’s agenda: To do things differently, and to do things with his own vision.
“There’s going to be changes. There will be no simple changes I think in the way we play, both offensively and defensively,” Saunders said. “I want to see changes in the way we approach things, too. I want things to be different. I want things to be high energy.”
But Tuesday was also about reflection of the father who shaped him.
“I need to recognize someone who’s unable to be here in the physical form. But I know [former Wolves Coach Flip Saunders] is here and he’s looking down, and I know he’d say that there’s no place else he’d rather have me get my start,” Saunders said.
Ryan Saunders (credit: CBS)
Now he needs to lock in with the players, starting with the key cogs.
“I’m proud of [Saunders], you know, because I’ve been with him on this whole journey. You know, I’ve seen the ups and the downs,” said Wolves forward Andrew Wiggins. “And to see this day come, you know, it feels good.”
And allow Karl-Anthony Towns to start to lead, to carry his message, to be one who buys in.
“[Saunders is] one of the best communicators, understands how important relationships are with his players, understands to be creative,” Towns said.
Because now it’s about “X”s and “O”s, but winning for Saunders is about winning over a locker room — and the rest will follow.
“They know who is making the final decisions, but they also need to know that the person who’s making those final decisions is making them for the betterment of the team, and not for other agendas or other reasons,” Saunders said. “They have to believe that. The belief of that is big.”
Ryan Saunders Named Timberwolves Head Coach
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=887186 The Minnesota Timberwolves have officially named Ryan Saunders head coach. He has been the team’s interim head coach since January.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Timberwolves have officially named Ryan Saunders head coach. He has been the team’s interim head coach since January.
“I look forward to building on what we established last season in terms of instilling a positive environment for our players to grow on and off the court,” Saunders said.
Saunders, 33, took over coaching duties after head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau was fired. He served as the interim head coach over the team’s final 42 games of the 2018-19 season.
Saunders has been with the Timberwolves since 2014, serving as assistant coach for more than four seasons before being named interim head coach.
“In Ryan, we are getting one of the bright, young coaching minds in the NBA,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said. “I am impressed with how he has developed relationships with our players and with his modern approach to our growing game.”
Saunders graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he played four seasons with the Golden Gophers.
“Ryan is an excellent communicator and has developed open and trusting relationships with our players,” Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas said. “I’ve known Ryan for many years and have always respected his approach to the game, work ethic, basketball knowledge and passion.”
His father, the late Flip Saunders, was the Timberwolves head coach twice.
Free Agent Derrick Rose Releases Documentary Amid Uncertain NBA Future
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=879836 There are so many questions involving the Minnesota Timberwolves going forward — and one is the status of free agent Derrick Rose.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There are so many questions involving the Minnesota Timberwolves going forward.
One is the status of free agent Derrick Rose. The team has no idea how to assess his value with his injury issues.
Rose has been special on certain nights, but he has not played enough to gauge his value. He has not talked to the Wolves yet specifically about his future plans.
Derrick Rose (credit: CBS)
“I haven’t talked to anyone about that yet, my agent hasn’t said anything,” Rose said. “We’re busy right now promoting my documentary.”
That’s right — Thursday he released his own documentary. He is, at minimum, interesting to observe; an MVP who stays quiet and somehow attracts a following.
“My fans that look up to me … that related to me in a way where I didn’t talk much, but they felt some vibe from me that they could relate to, or came and seen a game and loved the way that I hoop. You get to get a little glimpse … of who I am as a person,” Rose said.
So now he moves on, and he will listen to the Wolves at their exit interview — but he will listen to everyone.
“I’m going to hear them out. I’m going to hear every team just to see what’s on my table,” he said.
Raptors Maul Wolves In 120-100 Victory
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=879367 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Toronto Raptors are healthy, confident and ready for the playoffs. Now, all that’s left is to find out their opponent. Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and the Raptors closed their regular season with a 120-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. “I think all of us want to win, […]]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Toronto Raptors are healthy, confident and ready for the playoffs.
Now, all that’s left is to find out their opponent.
Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and the Raptors closed their regular season with a 120-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.
“I think all of us want to win, get to that promised land,” Leonard said. “That’s a great group of guys here that are unselfish, want to win, want to play defense, want to do the right things on the floor.”
Fred VanVleet scored 16 points, and Chris Boucher had a career-high 15 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for the Raptors, who finished the regular season at 58-24. They’ll be the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and face the Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons or Orlando Magic in the first round.
“Since I’ve been in the league these last three years, we’ve been one of the top teams in the league, top teams in the East,” VanVleet said. “There’s a lot that comes with that. You should take pride in that.”
Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng each scored 16 points for the Timberwolves, who played without All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns. Dieng started in Towns’ place. It was Dieng’s first start since April 12, 2017.
“Starting or playing from the bench, it doesn’t really matter to me,” Dieng said. “I just want to play and help the team. I think it’s good that I get to use this playing time.”
Toronto went on a 20-5 run over the final 5:16 of the second quarter and led 69-47 at halftime.
The Timberwolves never got closer than 15 points in the second half, and the Raptors led by as many as 32 points in the final two periods.
“I looked at little things and after that big second quarter from Toronto, we started trying to, ‘OK, let’s win the next quarter,’ and we did,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said. “We won the first quarter, so those were positives to us. But ultimately, we didn’t do enough things to be in the game at the end.”
Boucher scored 11 points in 10 minutes in the second quarter. Boucher’s previous career best was the nine points he scored Dec. 28 against the Orlando Magic. Boucher, the G-League Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year, was signed to a standard NBA contract on Feb. 10.
“I just want to play,” Boucher said. “When you get in the game, play hard, good things happen.”
Towns did not play because of knee soreness. Saunders said Towns would travel with the team for Wednesday’s season finale in Denver and be a game-time decision.
The Raptors set a franchise record with their 26th road victory of the season. The only player who missed Tuesday’s game with an injury was guard Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb). Starting guard Kyle Lowry and forward Serge Ibaka were rested.
“I think we’re about as healthy as we could be,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I think it was nice to get Serge and Kyle a night tonight.”
The Raptors were in Minneapolis on Monday night, allowing coach Nick Nurse and his staff to attend Monday night’s NCAA title game. Nurse played against Virginia coach Tony Bennett when Nurse was at Northern Iowa and Bennett was at Wisconsin-Green Bay. “I think I held him to 29 points one time,” Nurse joked.
Raptors: G Kyle Lowry (rest), F/C Serge Ibaka (rest) and G Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) did not play. VanVleet started in place of Lowry. Toronto reached 1,000 made 3-pointers in a season for the first time.
Timberwolves: G Jerryd Bayless (right ankle contusion) and F Taj Gibson (strained left calf) did not play. They joined Towns and long-term absentees F Robert Covington (bone bruise on right knee), F Luol Deng (left Achilles soreness), G Derrick Rose (right elbow surgery) and G Jeff Teague (left foot inflammation) in missing the game. . Dieng made his first start since April 12, 2017. . Tyus Jones had his stretch of 129:18 without a turnover snapped.
Raptors: Hosts Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic or Detroit Pistons in Eastern Conference playoffs.
Wolves Beat Heat 111-109 As Wade’s Shot Misses At Buzzer
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=878754 The Miami Heat looked for a bit of magic from their retiring star when Dwayne Wade went up for a shot at the buzzer. All the Minnesota Timberwolves could do was brace for a storybook finish.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Miami Heat looked for a bit of magic from their retiring star when Dwayne Wade went up for a shot at the buzzer.
All the Minnesota Timberwolves could do was brace for a storybook finish.
Instead, Wade’s shot missed the mark, Miami’s playoff hopes took a hit and Minnesota enjoyed the role of spoiler in a 111-109 victory Friday night.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Dario Saric scored 19 points, Andrew Wiggins added 18 and Gorgui Dieng finished with a season-high 19 off the bench for Minnesota.
“He’s an all-time legend at that, but we got very fortunate,” Towns said of Wade’s shot. “Usually when you’re on your last dance, the basketball gods give you the 3 to go. But we toughed it out the whole game. We played really well and found a way to win.”
Wade scored 24 points for the Heat, who missed a chance to pull into a tie with Brooklyn and Detroit in the race for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Wade had a steal and layup to help Miami close within one with 10 seconds left. Timberwolves rookie Keita Bates-Diop hit one of two free throws and Wade’s final shot bounced off the rim.
“I was trying to will it in with my body, but it didn’t go in,” Wade said.
Dion Waiters scored 22 and shot 6 of 12 from 3-point range for the Heat.
Miami, which has lost four of six, had 17 turnovers as Minnesota rode a big second half to the win.
The Heat led 93-92 early in the fourth, but Minnesota slowly pulled out to a six-point edge and held on to win for the third time in five games.
“You want to win in the playoffs, you have to learn how to win pressure games and games with expectations and consequences during the regular season,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “This can’t feel any more like the playoffs right now. I just think this is an awesome experience for our team. You have to embrace this and find a way to rise to the challenge.”
Wade’s final game at Target Center was vintage in the first half. He came off the bench to score 21 points in the first two periods on 7-of-9 shooting. Miami shot 62.2% in the first half and led by as many as nine points.
After giving up 69 points in the first half, the Wolves limited the Heat to 18 points in the fourth quarter. It was Minnesota’s best defensive quarter since holding Memphis to 16 points in the first quarter on Jan. 30.
“It’s about winning,” Towns said. “We’re working for the playoffs next year. Even though we can’t make it this year, why not start the work right now. We’re doing a great job of getting that ball movement going, just finding ways to win.”
Heat: Justice Winslow made the start for the injured Josh Richardson (left hip strain). It marked the 27th different starting lineup for Miami this season, the third-most in team history. Winslow has started 48 games this season, but came off the bench in the previous game with Goran Dragic starting. Derrick Jones Jr. was questionable with a right knee bone bruise and didn’t play. Wade was presented with a wrapped gift before the game from Wolves owner Glen Taylor. Wade averaged 24.4 points in 23 career games against Minnesota. He swapped jerseys with Towns after the game.
Timberwolves: Minnesota became the second team in history to allow 1,000 3-pointers in a season, joining the Milwaukee Bucks, who have also done so this season. The Wolves are 6-32 when trailing after three periods. Kentucky head coach John Calipari was in attendance and sat behind Minnesota’s bench. Calipari coached Towns and Miami’s Bam Adebayo in college at Kentucky and Wolves guard Derrick Rose at Memphis. Rose was inactive, but stopped by to chat with Calipari during the game.
EMBRACING THE ROLE
After snapping their playoff drought last season, Minnesota is again on the outside of the postseason this year. Yet, Minnesota is enjoying the role of spoiler.
“That’s our mindset,” Wiggins said. “We’re not going to make it, so we’ve got to make it rough on everybody else.”
WADE LEADS THE WAY
Wade has come off the bench in every game this season and is pacing a potent Miami bench. The Heat got 51 points from their reserves on Friday and they have the third-most points, assists, rebounds and steals per game this season.
Wade had his 14th 20-point effort of the season and he has scored in double figures in 15 straight games.
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=878308 Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 13 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins hit the go-ahead bucket in the final minute and the Minnesota Timberwolves turned back a fourth-quarter rally by Dallas for a 110-108 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday night.]]> DALLAS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 13 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins hit the go-ahead bucket in the final minute and the Minnesota Timberwolves turned back a fourth-quarter rally by Dallas for a 110-108 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday night.
Dallas rookie sensation Luka Doncic scored 27 points, but passed up a potential winning 3-pointer on another cold night from long range. Jalen Brunson took the pass and missed from 3 at the buzzer on a shot that would have required a replay to see if the fellow rookie got it off in time.
Wiggins scored 19 points, including an easy tiebreaking shot inside on an assist from Josh Okogie with 19 seconds remaining. The Timberwolves won for the third time in 11 games and avoided a three-game season sweep by Dallas, which trailed by 12 early in the fourth.
Dirk Nowitzki, who has just two home games remaining in what is expected to be the 40-year-old’s final season, scored nine points. The Mavericks were coming off their first two-game winning streak since early February.
Nowitzki scored his first seven points in the first 3½ minutes of the second quarter after joining a presentation from Dallas County officials, who a day earlier declared April the “month of Dirk” while honoring him for recently passing Wilt Chamberlain for sixth on the career scoring list.
Towns, who scored at least 30 points in both of the first two Dallas meetings, was 12 of 15 from the field. The two-time All-Star recorded his 53rd double-double of the season and had three blocks.
Doncic, returning after missing two games with a right thigh contusion, wasn’t the only old, cold Dallas shooter. He was 2 of 8 while Nowitzki, playing a record 21st season with the same franchise, was 1 of 8 as the Mavericks shot 18% (7 of 39) from beyond the arc. The 20-year-old Doncic is shooting 23 percent from 3 since March 1.
Timberwolves: Tyus Jones scored 15, and Dario Saric added 14. … Wiggins had a game-high seven assists. … The assist on Wiggins’ go-ahead basket was the only one of the game for Okogie.
Mavericks: F Dorian Finney-Smith sat with a cut on his mouth. He was the only player to appear in all 77 Dallas games coming in. Brunson scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter, but had his 15-game streak of double-digit scoring stopped. After making two 3s in a game for the first time in his career in a win over Philadelphia, 7-foot-2 center Salah Mejri missed all four from long range but made all five from inside the arc and scored 11 points.
Timberwolves Announce Auction To Raise Money For Breast Cancer Research
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=877768 The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation announced Monday that pre-game apparel will be auctioned in an effort raise money in support of breast health awareness and research.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation announced Monday that pre-game apparel will be auctioned in an effort raise money in support of breast health awareness and research.
Proceeds of pre-game worn or issued shooting shirts and custom-designed Kickstradomis shoes will go toward the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. The auctioned apparel will be from Sunday’s upcoming game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The auction comes as Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones’ mother, Debbie, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She will be in attendance at Sunday’s game.
Mobile bidding is now open here. The auction will close at 10 p.m. Sunday.
In Jimmy Butler’s Return, 76ers Top Timberwolves 118-109
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=877552 Tobias Harris scored 25 points for Philadelphia in Jimmy Butler’s jeer-filled return to Minnesota, helping the 76ers hang on to beat the Timberwolves 118-109 on Saturday and move one step closer toward solidifying the No. 3 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 25 points for Philadelphia in Jimmy Butler’s jeer-filled return to Minnesota, helping the 76ers hang on to beat the Timberwolves 118-109 on Saturday and move one step closer toward solidifying the No. 3 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Ben Simmons pitched in 20 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Sixers (49-27), who stretched their lead over Boston and Indiana to 4½ games with eight games to go. They’re still four games behind second-place Toronto.
Rookie Jonah Bolden filled in for Joel Embiid and posted a career-best 19 points for the Sixers, who overcame the precautionary absence of their All-Star center and a quiet night by Butler (12 points on 4-for-17 shooting with 13 rebounds and five assists) to start a three-game road trip with a quality win.
The crowd was plenty loud, booing Butler every time he touched the ball in his first appearance at Target Center since he forced his way out of Minnesota with the trade that sent him to Philadelphia for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless. Wolves fans even jeered him as he walked off the court clutching his lower back in the first quarter, an injury that didn’t require him to leave the game.
Jimmy Butler (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Sixers teammate Amir Johnson even joined in the fun during introductions, playfully joining the jeering and pointing both thumbs down as a grinning Butler jogged onto the court before the opening tip. Carly Simon’s pop song, “You’re So Vain,” played over the sound system.
Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points for the Wolves, who craved another crack at Butler and the Sixers. Their first try was on Jan. 15 in Philadelphia, nine days after coach Tom Thibodeau was fired and replaced by Ryan Saunders. That game quickly turned into the worst of the season for the Wolves , who gave up 83 points in the first half on the way to a 149-107 defeat that still makes them wince more than two months later.
The Sixers made eight 3-pointers in the first quarter for the second straight game, the most allowed in the opening frame by the Timberwolves in franchise history, and surged to a 41-20 lead that looked a lot like that earlier blowout. The Sixers still held a 15-point advantage past the midpoint of the third quarter, when the reserves sparked a spirited rally for the Wolves one night after their one-point overtime win over defending NBA champion Golden State.
Anthony Tolliver’s third 3-pointer of the game cut the lead to 92-85 early in the fourth quarter, and a one-handed floater in the lane by Cameron Reynolds brought the Timberwolves within 97-94. Wiggins used a finger roll to reduce the deficit to 105-102, but Towns fouled Harris as he made a jumper and complained enough about the call to get a technical, too. That turned into a four-point possession for the Sixers, who outscored the Wolves 13-6 over the final 5:10.
Towns has had some of his worst performances against Embiid, with by far his lowest career scoring average against the Sixers, and he was a relative nonfactor until the fourth quarter. Embiid stayed home from this three-game road trip to rest his left knee.
76ers: Simmons had five assists by the end of the first quarter, hitting that mark for a league-high-tying 65th time, matching Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, out of 74 games this season. James Ennis III (bruised right quadriceps) returned from a two-game absence. Timberwolves: Wiggins reached the 20-point mark for the sixth straight game. With Covington, Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague all shut down for the remainder of the season with injuries and Luol Deng and Taj Gibson still out, too, the Wolves were short-handed enough to sign forward Mitch Creek, a 26-year-old Australian who played in four games for the Nets, to a 10-day contract.
ALL THE BEST
Butler has never publicly revealed his exact reasoning for seeking the trade, and he told reporters before the game that he remains fond of many people in Minnesota, particularly Saunders and backup point guard Tyus Jones.
“Those are my guys, forever and ever, man,” said Butler, offering an unsolicited endorsement for Saunders to drop the interim tag. “He deserves it. He works so incredibly hard, and he wants to do right by everybody.”
76ers: Play at Dallas on Monday night.
Timberwolves: Finish a four-game homestand on Monday night against Portland.
Karl-Anthony Towns’ Free Throw Lifts Wolves Over Warriors In OT
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=877438 Karl-Anthony Towns made a free throw with 0.5 seconds remaining in overtime after Stephen Curry led a frantic rally to tie the game, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 131-130 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns made a free throw with 0.5 seconds remaining in overtime after Stephen Curry led a frantic rally to tie the game, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 131-130 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
Minnesota led by nine with 1:41 remaining in the extra period before Curry made three 3-pointers during an 11-2 run, including the tying one from the corner with 0.5 seconds left.
But Towns was fouled by Kevin Durant on the ensuing inbounds pass. He made the first free throw to give him 15 points, missed the second and time expired as Towns secured the offensive rebound.
Curry made 11 3-pointers and scored 37 points for the Warriors, who dropped into a tie with Denver for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Durant added 23 points.
Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points, his fifth consecutive game with 20 points or more, for Minnesota. Jerryd Bayless scored 17 points as eight Timberwolves scored in double figures.
The Warriors, who had won two consecutive games, led by as many as 19 points in the first half before the Timberwolves rallied in the third quarter. Minnesota put together a 32-13 run to end the period.
Anthony Tolliver’s 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter gave the Timberwolves their first lead since 16-15 in the first quarter.
Minnesota led by as many as nine in the fourth quarter before Golden State tied the game at 115 on Draymond Green’s free throw with 21 seconds remaining. Wiggins had two chances to win the game in regulation.
Tolliver, Bayless and Josh Okogie each hit 3-pointers in overtime to help Minnesota build its nine-point advantage.
Warriors: C DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points and nine rebounds before fouling out with 7:06 to play. F Jordan Bell was active after missing Wednesday’s win in Memphis because of a team suspension. Curry, Cousins and a group of approximately 20 that included coaches and staff attended the Minnesota Twins’ season opener on Thursday. Curry noticed the glare of the Target Field lights in his hotel window when the Warriors arrived in Minneapolis late Wednesday night.
“It caught my eye, and I realized it was opening day. I made some calls to see if we could get in there,” Curry said. “Nice fresh air, good weather. It was fun.” . C Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) was the only Warrior missing because of injury.
Timberwolves: Wiggins fouled out with 2:21 left in overtime. F Taj Gibson (strained left calf) and F Luol Deng (left Achilles tendon soreness) did not play. Gibson has missed four consecutive games, while Deng has missed 14 straight.
GUEST OF HONOR
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was in attendance Friday. Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders fondly recalled Silver reaching out to him after he was named interim coach Jan. 6.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him,” Saunders said, “because he’s done great things for our league and continues to do great things.”
Clippers Clinch Playoff Spot With 122-111 Win Over Timberwolves
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=876699 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with a 122-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Coach Doc Rivers’ club is back in the postseason after falling short last year. Los Angeles finished 42-40 last season, missing the playoffs after making it for six […]]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with a 122-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Coach Doc Rivers’ club is back in the postseason after falling short last year. Los Angeles finished 42-40 last season, missing the playoffs after making it for six straight years — four under Rivers.
The Clippers (45-30) became the fifth Western Conference team to secure a postseason berth.
Lou Williams added 20 points off the bench for the Clippers, who outscored Minnesota’s reserves 53-25. Williams had 45 points the last time Los Angeles played at Target Center.
The Clippers have won six in a row, the longest active streak in the NBA, and 10 of 11 overall.
Los Angeles led by 25 before Minnesota trimmed the deficit to 104-98 in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Karl-Anthony Towns. It was the closest the Wolves had been since the first quarter.
Towns led Minnesota with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins scored 22 and Dario Saric added 18.
Montrezl Harrell helped the Clippers pull away after the Timberwolves got within single digits late in the game. Ten of his 18 points came after Minnesota made it a six-point game in the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles, which entered as the second-most accurate 3-point shooting team in the NBA, thrived from deep. The Clippers shot 16 for 32 from downtown. Gallinari hit a team-high six 3s, which matched his season high.
Minnesota was once again short-handed, as several key players — including Derrick Rose, Robert Covington and Jeff Teague — have been shut down for the remainder of the season.
Clippers: G Landry Shamet did not play due to an ankle injury. Shamet is averaging 11.2 points per game since he was traded to the Clippers in early February. Rivers said Shamet would’ve played if it were a playoff game. Garrett Temple scored 15 points, his highest total since he was acquired by the Clippers in early February.
Timberwolves: F Taj Gibson missed his third straight game with a calf injury. . Towns didn’t convert his first field goal until there was 4:53 remaining in the third quarter. Before that, he was 0 for 7 from the floor. . Towns’ double-double was his 50th of the season. Minnesota was 20 of 33 from the free throw line.
Clippers: At the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.
Timberwolves: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.
Wolves’ Derrick Rose Undergoes Surgery To Remove Elbow Bone Chips
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=876088 The Timberwolves announced Saturday that Rose had the procedure done at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose has undergone arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow.
The Timberwolves announced Saturday that Rose had the procedure done at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The Wolves previously said Rose was unlikely to play again this season. They’re already eliminated from playoff contention.
Rose signed a one-year contract after joining the Wolves for the final few weeks of last season and their playoff series. When healthy, Rose has largely flourished, often playing off the ball instead of his natural point guard position. He averaged 18.0 points and 27.3 minutes in 51 games, his second-highest scoring mark since he tore his left ACL in 2012.
Rose missed 16 games earlier in the season for a variety of lower-body injuries.
Walker, Bridges Lead Hornets Past Wolves, 113-106
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=875842 The Charlotte Hornets handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their fifth straight loss Thursday night.]]> CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 31 points, rookie Miles Bridges had 11 points and 12 rebounds for his first career double-double on his 21st birthday, and the Charlotte Hornets handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their fifth straight loss, 113-106 on Thursday night.
Jeremy Lamb added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who won for only the fifth time in their last 16 games.
Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 21 points and 16 rebounds.
Hornets coach James Borrego turned to his youth after entering the night 3 ½ games behind the eighth-place Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference and with the team’s playoff hopes fading fast.
Second-year player Dwayne Bacon got the start over Nic Batum, who earns $24 million per season. Bridges continued to start while rookie Devonte Graham and second-year pro Malik Monk (14 points) also saw action.
Youth was served as Charlotte outscored Minnesota 17-6 on fast-break points.
Towns came in averaging 30.1 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists this month after averaging 30.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists in February. But he was just 7 of 17 from the field and appeared to grow frustrated at times with some non-calls by the officials when there appeared to be contact.
Charlotte built its first double-digit lead at 96-86 midway through the fourth quarter when Walker went coast-to-coast and scored on a Eurostep layup between two defenders.
The Timberwolves never mounted a serious challenge after that point.
Timberwolves: Towns passed Kevin Love (6,989 points) to move into fourth place on the franchise’s career scoring list.
Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out with a concussion. He is out indefinitely. Bench outscored Minnesota 46-26.
Nuggets Dismantle Timberwolves 133-107
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=874199 Mason Plumlee was completely surrounded under the basket when he tossed a no-look pass over his head to teammate Nikola Jokic for an easy score.]]> DENVER (AP) — Mason Plumlee was completely surrounded under the basket when he tossed a no-look pass over his head to teammate Nikola Jokic for an easy score.
Now that’s more to the liking of coach Michael Malone, who implored his players to return to their selfless ways after a bumpy stretch.
Jamal Murray scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half, Plumlee dished out eight of Denver’s season-high 40 assists and the Nuggets cruised to a 133-107 victory over the banged-up Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.
Called out by Malone after a lackadaisical performance in a loss at Golden State last week, the Nuggets responded by playing with more intensity. It was the first time they’ve had 40 assists since April 6, 2013.
“The message was delivered. The guys embraced it, accepted it, owned it and went out and played tonight at a very high level,” Malone said.
Paul Millsap finished with 23 points, including a buzzer-beater from half-court to end the third quarter. Jokic added 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help Denver snap a two-game slide at Pepsi Center.
The Nuggets are hanging on to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. They are 5-4 since the All-Star break.
“We’re focused on the bigger picture right now,” Plumlee said. “There’s a chance to do something special.”
Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 10 rebounds to pace a Timberwolves team that’s fading from playoff contention. Towns did a little bit of everything to keep the Timberwolves close until Denver pulled away in the third quarter. He had one play where he quickly applied the brakes to shake free from Jokic and then stepped back to hit a long jumper. Towns grinned on his way back down the floor.
“In boxing, Mike Tyson said, ‘Everybody has a game plan until they get punched in the face,’” said Towns, who was back after missing a game with knee inflammation. “When we punched them in the face, they stuck to their game plan. We got punched in the face, we started getting erratic, started speeding ourselves up.”
Minnesota was light on guards with Derrick Rose (right elbow), Jeff Teague (left foot) and Andrew Wiggins (left quadriceps) all sidelined. The depleted guard situation meant more court time for Cameron Reynolds, a rookie out of Tulane who recently signed a second 10-day contract. He had 12 points in 25 minutes.
At practice Monday, Malone had a heart-to-heart with his squad. He asked them what they wanted to achieve as they march toward their first postseason appearance since 2012-13 — simply settle for getting in or challenge for the top seed. At 28-6, the Nuggets have the best home record in the Western Conference.
“I didn’t give them a chance (to answer),” Malone said. “I said I’m tired of talking. All we do is talk, talk, talk — let’s start doing.”
Malone’s message was taken to heart.
“We need to just get back to playing together, screening for each other, playing for each other, passing,” Jokic said. “Just to play for someone else.”
Timberwolves: PG Tyus Jones had 16 points.
Nuggets: G Torrey Craig hurt his left arm while blocking a shot with 14 seconds remaining. … The starters for the Nuggets were a combined plus-78. This after going minus-95 against the Warriors.
Malone shortened the rotation and guard Isaiah Thomas didn’t get into the game.
“Definitely talked to him. I’ll keep that conversation between I.T. and myself,” Malone said. “Not an easy conversation, but that’s my job. … Isaiah is a pro and was into the game, supporting his teammates.”
USING THE HEARTBREAK
The Timberwolves beat the Nuggets in overtime last season in the final game of the season to earn the last playoff spot. Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders believes that’s been a big catalyst for Denver.
“A lot of times through any type of pain or hurt, good can come out of that if you come together as a group,” Saunders said. “They’ve done a good job this year … of staying together and really pushing themselves to a new level.”
Timberwolves: At Utah on Thursday.
Nuggets: Host Dallas on Thursday. The Nuggets have won five straight at home against the Mavericks.
Drummond Has 31 And 15 As Surging Pistons Top Timberwolves
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=873124 Andre Drummond had 31 points and 15 rebounds as the surging Detroit Pistons beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 131-114 on Wednesday night.]]> DETROIT (AP) — All too often this season, the Detroit Pistons’ offense has devolved into throwing Blake Griffin the ball and watching whatever happens.
Griffin was happy to see his teammates doing the heavy lifting Wednesday.
On a night when the star forward scored nine points on 4-of-13 shooting, the Pistons got 70 bench points and 31 more from Andre Drummond in a 131-114 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“Our second unit was fantastic tonight,” Griffin said after Detroit’s 10th victory in 12 games. “We didn’t get much execution from the starters in the first half, and I was a big part of that, but the guys came off the bench and saved us.”
Luke Kennard scored 21 points and Ish Smith had 19 as four Pistons reserves reached double figures.
“Luke was a plus-29 and Ish was a plus-28, so you can see what kind of impact they had on this game,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “We played a great second half, but it was the second unit that kept us in the game.”
Drummond, averaging 21.6 points and 16 rebounds in the last 12 games, added 15 rebounds for his 16th straight double-double — the second-longest streak in franchise history. He set the record with 18 last season.
“What changed is he started passing the ball,” Casey said. “Earlier in the year, he was hanging onto the ball too long inside and trying to force shots. Now he’s kicking it out, which gives everyone better shots.”
The Pistons (32-31) moved above .500 for the first time since they got to 15-14 by beating the Timberwolves in overtime on Dec. 19. Minnesota (30-35) has lost four of five. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points before fouling out.
“Give Detroit credit, they are playing as well as anyone in the league right now,” Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders said. “We just have to start playing four good quarters in a row.”
The Timberwolves led by 16 until Drummond banked in a 29-foot 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter. The Pistons continued to rally in the second, taking a 57-55 lead before Minnesota ended the half on a 9-3 run.
Minnesota shot 58.1 percent in the half, including 60 percent on 3s, but Detroit kept the game close with a 16-0 edge in points off turnovers.
“You have to take care of the ball when you have it, and you have to be able to get extra chances by forcing turnovers,” Saunders said. “We didn’t do any of that tonight.”
Detroit led 90-88 going into the fourth quarter and started the period with a 3 by Kennard. Langston Galloway added a four-point play on the next possession to make it a nine-point lead, and Glenn Robinson III’s dunk put the Pistons up 99-88.
“Their bench really took it to us all night,” Saunders said. “That quick 9-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter really took us out of the game.”
Taj Gibson was ejected with 10:07 to go after an elbow to Drummond’s throat while the two fought for a rebound. The players had to be separated after the play, which resulted in a seven-point possession and a 16-point lead for Detroit.
“I was just trying to box him out, because he’s such a physically strong guy,” Gibson said. “I certainly wasn’t trying to injure him. I didn’t even realize he was hurt. I went to help him up and he came after me.”
In all, the Pistons outscored Minnesota 101-60 during a stretch that started with Drummond’s first-quarter buzzer-beater and ended in the fourth.
“We are coming in and having a lot of fun,” said Thon Maker, who had 10 points off the bench. “We’re getting stops and we’re running in transition.”
Timberwolves: Minnesota has lost eight straight games to the Pistons, with its last victory coming at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Feb. 8, 2015. Minnesota allowed 24 points off turnovers and scored only two.
Pistons: Drummond’s 3-pointer was the 10th of his NBA career. Five have come this season. Zaza Pachulia missed the game with a sore Achilles tendon.
Towns Scores 41 As Timberwolves Top Thunder 131-120
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=872957 Karl-Anthony Towns had 41 points and 14 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves spoiled Paul George’s return to the Oklahoma City lineup with a 131-120 win over the Thunder on Tuesday night.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 41 points and 14 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves spoiled Paul George’s return to the Oklahoma City lineup with a 131-120 win over the Thunder on Tuesday night.
Towns has 182 points over his last five games, the best five-game stretch in team history. He fell one point shy of tying his season high. The All-Star center scored 16 in the third quarter as Minnesota kept its foot on the gas after taking a 14-point lead into halftime. He capped the victory with a thunderous dunk to give him his second 40-point game of the season.
The Timberwolves, who snapped a three-game skid, have won all three meetings against the Thunder. Minnesota began the night six games out of a playoff spot.
Derrick Rose added 19 points and Andrew Wiggins scored 18 for Minnesota.
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had a team-high 38 points on 15-of-28 shooting.
George returned to the court for the Thunder after missing three games with a right shoulder injury. He scored 25 points in his return but was 8 of 25 from the field, including 4 for 14 from 3-point range.
Rose scored eight points in the final 2:04 of the first quarter to push Minnesota’s lead to 30-22 after one. The Thunder had erased a 10-point deficit before Rose’s late outburst put the Wolves back on top.
After picking up two fouls early in the first quarter, Towns got hot in the second. He scored six straight Timberwolves points and finished the half with 15.
Oklahoma City never led by more than three and couldn’t get closer than nine in the fourth quarter.
Thunder: Will also face Portland, the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah on their four-game road trip before returning home on March 13. G Dennis Schroder picked up a technical foul midway through the second quarter, his ninth of the season. Oklahoma City had won seven of its last 10 at Minnesota.
Timberwolves: F Luol Deng missed his third straight game with a sore left Achilles. Deng was averaging 9.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in his last 12 games after playing sparingly most of the season. Towns moved into fifth place on Minnesota’s career scoring list, passing Wally Szczerbiak (6,777 points). Wiggins averaged 35 points in the first two games against Oklahoma City this season.
Thunder: At the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.
Timberwolves: Visit the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
Bogdanovic Has Season-High 35 Points, Pacers Top Wolves
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=872125 The short-handed Indiana Pacers overcame the absence of two keys players — and Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns’ fast start.]]> INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The short-handed Indiana Pacers overcame the absence of two keys players — and Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns’ fast start.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 35 points and Pacers beat the Timberwolves 122-115 on Thursday night. Towns had 42 points and 17 rebounds, scoring 23 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the first quarter.
Indiana played without Domantas Sabonis (sprained left ankle), and Tyreke Evans (food poisoning).
“All we need is (who) we’ve got in this (locker) room,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We’ve been adapting, really, all season long with guys being out. Losing Victor early in the season, losing him later in the season for the year. Our coaches do a good job of keeping guys ready to play, and they’ve been able to step in win games. We’re still trying to establish who we are.”
With the game tied at 107 with less than four minutes remaining, Bogdanovic drove for the go-ahead layup. Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins then missed two free throws on the next possession, and Bogdanovic extended the Pacers lead on the other end of the floor with a wide-open 3-pointer. The Pacers closed with a 15-8 run, with Bogdanovic scoring 11 points.
“It shows how resilient we are, how strong we are mentally,” Bogdanovic said. “We were short-handed without Domantas, then our big (men) early on get into foul trouble. But we did a great job at the beginning of the second quarter. Again, great effort, great team defense.” TJ Leaf added a career-high 18 points for Indiana. The Pacers overcame an early 12-point deficit and led 64-60 at halftime.
“It’s rough. I mean, it’s not easy to win in the NBA. And we didn’t do the things we needed to do to win and execute in the end,” Towns said. “We just got to be better on the defensive end. We had too many miscues and it cost us.”
Timberwolves: Towns had his 52nd 30-plus point game and the 15th of the season. He has had 30 or more in three straight games. Minnesota is 4-23 when trailing after three quarters, and 41-12 when leading or tied after three.
Pacers: Indiana is 9-3 on the second night of a back-to-back and 7-0 when the second game is at home. … Myles Turner has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last eight games.
Young, Collins Power Hawks Past Timberwolves, 131-123 In OT
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=871926 Trae Young and John Collins showed a glimpse of the Atlanta Hawks’ long-range plan. In the process, they helped make it more difficult for Minnesota to realize its playoff dream this year.]]> ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young and John Collins showed a glimpse of the Atlanta Hawks’ long-range plan.
In the process, they helped make it more difficult for Minnesota to realize its playoff dream this year.
Young matched the career high he set earlier in the week with 36 points, Collins had 34 and the Hawks beat the Timberwolves 131-123 in overtime Wednesday night.
Young, a rookie, and Collins, in his second season, are the foundation of the Hawks’ rebuilding effort with first-year coach Lloyd Pierce.
Veteran Vince Carter, still playing important minutes at 42 — 10 years older than Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders — said he’s enjoying watching the kids grow into winners.
“It’s just great to see two guys having wonderful games like that while still making plays for others,” said Carter, who scored 17 points, including a 3-pointer to open overtime. “That’s what it’s all about.”
Collins scored 18 points in the fourth quarter as Atlanta, which trailed by 13 points late in the third period, rallied to force the extra period.
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 37 points and 17 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins had 21 points.
It was a damaging loss for Minnesota, which fell four games behind San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers, in an eighth-place tie in the Western Conference playoff race.
“We hope that one game isn’t gonna affect our chances at the end but you can point to a lot of one games,” Saunders said. “We just need to bounce back.”
The Timberwolves (29-32) fell to 9-22 on the road.
“We made it tough on ourselves,” Towns said. “It was that simple. … We made the same mistakes. Costs us every time. So we’ll learn, we’ll learn one day.”
Atlanta’s DeAndre Bembry scored six of his 16 points in overtime, including back-to-back baskets for a 125-118 lead.
Following a timeout, Towns had a jam and a 3-pointer — his season-high fifth of the game. Bembry, who had only 10 points through regulation, answered with his third basket of the extra period, giving the Hawks a 127-123 advantage.
Each team missed last-second shots in regulation.
After Young’s basket tied it at 118, Derrick Rose missed a short jumper for Minnesota.
“Derrick is one of the best point guards that ever lived so I’m OK with him taking that shot, but obviously I wanted the ball so I could shoot,” Towns said.
Atlanta called timeout with 0.5 seconds remaining. Young made a jumper off the inbounds pass from Carter, but a video review confirmed the shot came after the buzzer.
Josh Okogie, the Timberwolves’ rookie from Georgia Tech, had 15 points in his return to Atlanta.
Timberwolves: F Luol Deng did not return after leaving with a sore left Achilles in the first half. … F Robert Covington was sent to G League Iowa as he moves closer to his return from a bone bruise on his right knee. He has missed 23 consecutive games since suffering the injury on Dec. 31. Covington is expected to practice only at Iowa while the Timberwolves are on the road. … F Cameron Reynolds was signed to a 10-day contract.
Hawks: Dewayne Dedmon had seven points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 3:06 remaining. … Kent Bazemore’s frustration grew as he missed each of his 12 shots through three quarters. He complained when no foul was called on a miss late in the period and drew a technical foul. He missed two shots — a 3-pointer and a layup — on Atlanta’s next possession and didn’t attempt another shot. … Bembry also had a double-double with 14 rebounds.
TEAGUE STILL SORE
Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague missed his second straight game with a sore left knee. Tyus Jones had 11 assists and seven points as the fill-in starter.
BALANCE, SORT OF
Young and Collins were Atlanta’s only starters to score in double figures. Young, who scored a career-high 36 points in a loss at Houston on Monday night, stayed hot with 20 first-half points. He had help; every Atlanta starter had scored by the time the Hawks led 19-10.
Timberwolves: Continue three-game trip at Indiana on Thursday night.
Ervin Santana Joins White Sox On Minor League Deal
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=871168 The Chicago White Sox have finalized minor league deals with right-hander Ervin Santana and outfielder Preston Tucker.]]> GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have finalized minor league deals with right-hander Ervin Santana and outfielder Preston Tucker.
The 36-year-old Santana made five starts with Minnesota last season after having surgery on his right middle finger two weeks before spring training. The two-time All-Star is looking to win a spot in Chicago’s rotation.
The 28-year-old Tucker played for Atlanta and Cincinnati last year, batting .229 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 97 games.
Wolves Overcome Towns’ First Absence, Beat Knicks 115-104
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=871138 Taj Gibson didn’t know when he drove by an accident back in Minnesota that Karl-Anthony Towns had been involved.]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Taj Gibson didn’t know when he drove by an accident back in Minnesota that Karl-Anthony Towns had been involved.
Gibson greeted his teammate with a hug when he saw him in New York, relieved Towns was OK.
Then Gibson helped the Timberwolves win the first time they had to play without Towns as a pro.
Derrick Rose scored 20 points, Gibson added a season-high 19, and the Timberwolves overcame the first missed game of Towns’ career to beat the New York Knicks 115-104 on Friday night.
“It’s tough but it just shows the resiliency that this team has, the number of guys that can step up,” Gibson said.
Towns’ streak of 303 consecutive starts was snapped when he was placed in the concussion protocol. Towns was able to fly to New York after the accident Thursday, but was ruled out after further medical examination Friday.
The 2015 No. 1 draft pick’s streak of starts was the longest to begin a career since 1970-71. He just appeared in his second straight All-Star Game and would have been playing not far from where he grew up in New Jersey had he not been hurt.
Towns was at the arena, but was prevented from playing by league rules once in the concussion protocol. The Wolves’ next game is Saturday at Milwaukee, and Towns would have to clear the return-to-participation steps before he can play again.
In his absence, Andrew Wiggins added 17 points after missing Minnesota’s two victories leading into the break with an illness, while Anthony Tolliver came off the bench for a season-high 16 points.
“Lean on whoever,” coach Ryan Saunders said. “Wherever the contribution comes from, we will take it.”
Damyean Dotson and Allonzo Trier each scored 20 points for the Knicks in their 18th straight home loss. DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 19 rebounds, while Kevin Knox scored 18 points.
Dotson made five 3-pointers and scored 18 points in the first quarter, when the Knicks also got an emphatic dunk from Dennis Smith Jr. and led 33-29. But the Wolves largely controlled the game from there, though the Knicks did trim it to single digits with about 4 minutes to play.
But New York couldn’t overcome its 23 turnovers that led to 20 Minnesota points.
“I don’t know if it was rust or whatever, but we can’t use the break as an excuse. We were just throwing the ball everywhere,” guard Emmanual Mudiay said.
Timberwolves: G Tyus Jones returned after missing 13 games with a sprained left ankle and had four points. C Gorgui Dieng was out for personal reasons.
Knicks: Mudiay returned from a 12-game absence with a strained left shoulder. He had 15 points and six rebounds. Coach David Fizdale said injured G Frank Ntilikina (groin) was getting further evaluation Friday and the Knicks would know more about his status Saturday.
Saunders said Towns’ streak wasn’t discussed when he spoke with his player Friday. Saunders said Towns’ only concern was trying to be on the court to help his teammates.
“I’d just like to have him out there because he’s a pretty good player,” Saunders said. “So the streak, I think that is something that everybody should definitely take note of with Karl’s durability and his toughness and how he approaches the game, but from a coach’s viewpoint you’d like to have like Karl on the floor whenever you can.”
It was the eighth anniversary of a trade the teams were part of, though the Wolves were a largely forgotten part of it. The Knicks’ acquisition of Carmelo Anthony from Denver was actually a three-team trade involving Minnesota, which got Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph from New York.
Towns Out With Concussion For 1st Missed Game Of His Career
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=871031 Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is in concussion protocol after a car accident and is missing a game for the first time in his career.]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is in concussion protocol after a car accident and is missing a game for the first time in his career.
The All-Star was involved in a car accident on his way to the airport during the break. He was cleared to fly and arrived in New York, where after further examination he was placed in the concussion protocol and ruled out for Friday’s game against the Knicks.
Towns had started all 303 games since being the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft, the longest streak to begin a career since 1970-71.
It wasn’t immediately clear where the accident occurred. Minneapolis police said they didn’t handle any incident involving Towns and coach Ryan Saunders had no other details before the game.
T-Wolves Overcome Harden’s 42 To Top Houston 121-111
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=869607 James Harden was Josh Okogie’s responsibility for much of Wednesday night. Even though Harden piled up 42 points, Okogie’s teammates were full of praise for the Nigerian rookie.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James Harden was Josh Okogie’s responsibility for much of Wednesday night. Even though Harden piled up 42 points, Okogie’s teammates were full of praise for the Nigerian rookie.
“It wasn’t a good 42,” Karl-Anthony Towns said. “It wasn’t a 42 that he’s been getting recently, you know. He had to work for it.”
Towns had 25 points, Jeff Teague had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Okogie locked down Harden when it counted most to help the Timberwolves beat the Houston Rockets 121-111.
Harden scored 30 or more points for the 31st consecutive game, tying Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in league history.
But it was Okogie — who had 16 points — drawing the most praise for making some key defensive stops. Most notably, Okogie brought the crowd to its feet with an impressive block that helped turn the tide.
After being stripped by Okogie a few plays earlier, Harden made one of his trademark step-back moves behind the arc to attempt a 3. The ball didn’t even leave his hand before Okogie leaped forward and stuffed it.
“I knew the shot clock was winding down, and I knew that he had to create some space to get a shot off,” Okogie said. “And I knew obviously the step back is one of his go-to moves, so I kind of just guessed, and I was right.”
A few plays earlier, Okogie sparked the Timberwolves to retake the lead with an 18-2 run in the third, including a breakaway dunk and a 3-pointer to give Minnesota a 77-74 lead.
“We saw him grow up tonight in a lot of ways, I thought,” Timberwolves interim coach Ryan Saunders said of Okogie. “In terms of game plan, following the game plan, just staying within the moment and not getting outside of himself.”
Derrick Rose completed a three-point play with 1:43 left in the third to give Minnesota an 85-76 lead.
Harden’s 12-footer made it 89-all in the fourth before the Timberwolves hit four 3-pointers to take a six-point lead. Harden hit three-straight 3-pointers to pull Houston within 115-111 with 1:52 to play. But Okogie dunked and forced Harden into an airball, and Towns hit a layup to give Minnesota just enough breathing room.
“You could feel the whole game there wasn’t enough enthusiasm, not enough want,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “When we do that, we struggle because we’re not physical like the other teams.”
TYING WILT’S RECORD
Harden shot 15 of 34 from the field, including 8 of 22 from 3-point range. He passed the 30-point mark on his 15th four-point play of the season, getting Okogie in the air with a step-back 3 to put Houston up 74-67 midway through the third. It was also his 22nd 40-point game of the season.
He wasn’t in a mood to say much about it afterward.
“To me, we have no tendencies right now. The tendency is just to come out slow in the third quarters,” he said.
BRUTAL PAINT JOB
Minnesota outscored Houston 70-36 in the paint, as the Timberwolves used sharp passes to find several open layups.
“The way they’re scoring was almost effortless,” Houston guard Chris Paul said. “We just couldn’t stop them. Teague lived the paint. Guys were driving. I think we’re 0-2 against them, so we’ve got to be better.”
Rockets: D’Antoni said C Clint Capela is expected to practice next week to determine if he can play next Thursday at the Lakers. Capela missed his 15th game with a right thumb injury suffered at Orland on Jan. 13. Gerald Green scored 10 points off the bench in the first quarter, including 2 of 3 from the arc.
Timberwolves: Teague is averaging 19.3 points and nine assists in his three games since returning from a sore left foot. F Andrew Wiggins missed his second straight game with an illness. F Robert Covington (knee) and G Tyus Jones (ankle) missed their 20th and 13th games, respectively. Dario Saric again started in place of Taj Gibson. He scored 10 first-quarter points on 4-of-4 shooting to help give the Timberwolves an early eight-point lead.
Untraded Davis Scores 32, Pelicans Beat Wolves, 122-117
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=868769 Anthony Davis didn’t need long to win back the crowd after being booed during his pregame introduction and the first few chances he had to handle the ball.]]> NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis didn’t need long to win back the crowd after being booed during his pregame introduction and the first few chances he had to handle the ball.
But the Pelicans sought to close out a close game without Davis on the court anyway — and narrowly pulled it off.
Playing for first time since asking to be traded, Davis had 32 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-117 on Friday night.
Jrue Holiday had 27 points and nine assists and Kenrich Williams had 19 points — and they led the Pelicans offense in the fourth quarter, when Davis was kept on the bench despite the fact that the teams were separated by as little as one basket several times in the waning minutes. Instead of playing Davis, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry sent in Julius Randle, who came through with a pair of inside baskets and clutch free throws in the final minutes.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 32 points for Minnesota, and his driving dunk pulled the Timberwolves as close as 114-112 in the final minute. But Randle responded with one of his late baskets inside and then rebounded Towns’ missed jump hook with 16 seconds left.
Davis looked determined from the outset to justify his continued presence on the court, however awkward it may be for a franchise that had seemed inclined to move on without him.
Pressured by the NBA not to sit a healthy star they had refused to unload by Thursday’s trading deadline for this season, the Pelicans announced that Davis would return to the starting lineup.
He scored 10 points in the first seven minutes. In the opening minutes, he went strong to the rim while being booed and dunked, at which point a segment of the crowd cheering largely drowned out the boo-birds. Later, as Davis stood on the foul line taking free throws, part of the crowd booed while others chanted, “A-D, A-D!”
By halftime, Davis had 24 points and his highlights included a reverse alley-oop tip at the front of the rim while being foul and crashing to the floor on his back. Davis was fine, and reached the 30-point mark before the middle of the third quarter.
Andrew Wiggins had 23 points for Minnesota, which shot and rebounded marginally better than New Orleans, but was outscored 27-16 at the free throw line.
Randle and Time Frazier each scored 12 points for New Orleans, which has won two straight.
Timberwolves: Jerryd Bayless sat out with soreness in the big toe on his right foot. Jeff Teague was available coming off the bench after missing eight games with a left foot injury. He played x minutes and had 12 points, five assists and four rebounds in 17 minutes. Pelicans: Randle finished with 12 points. Center Jahlil Okafor sat out with a left ankle sprain that occurred late in New Orleans’ victory at Chicago on Wednesday night. Guard E’Twaun Moore also was ruled out shortly before tipoff with a left thigh bruise that also had sidelined him the previous five games.
Timberwolves: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.
Ross Makes 6 3s, Magic Beat Wolves 122-112
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=868570 Terrence Ross scored 32 points and came up with a big defensive play to help the Magic to a 122-112 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.]]> ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The trade deadline came and went and Terrence Ross remained in Orlando, comfortable in his routine.
Ross, whose expiring contract and big scoring production had set him up as a potential trade asset, scored 32 points and came up with a big defensive play to help the Magic to a 122-112 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.
“Right now is not the time to change anything you’re doing,” said Ross, who was relieved when the deadline passed. “You’ve got to stay in your routine as much as possible.”
Ross, who is averaging 19.7 points off the bench over his last 15 games, made six 3-pointers and shot 13 of 23 overall.
“There are nights in this league when you’re driving home and say to yourself, ‘I’m blessed to be doing this,’” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “Terrence is an exceptional shot-maker and he’s a lot better off the dribble than I realized. He’s playing at a really high level.”
Nikola Vucevic added 21 points, Aaron Gordon 19 and Evan Fournier 18 for Orlando, which shot 54 percent and scored a season-high 71 points in the first half.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Andrew Wiggins added 23 points.
Isaiah Canaan’s jump shot gave Minnesota its last lead at 39-38 early in the second quarter, but things quickly unraveled for the Timberwolves, especially on defense.
Ross had 20 points in the first half, leading the Magic to a 71-58 halftime lead. Orlando shot 65 percent in the half.
“They came out hot. We’ve got to do a better job contesting,” said Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders. “Terrence Ross got hot in the second quarter. We were aware of how hot he’s been shooting the ball lately. You let him see one or two or even three go through early, it’s going to be a long night.”
Wiggins scored 10 points in the third quarter, but the Timberwolves could get no closer than 11 until Towns converted a three-point play with 2:39 left in the fourth.
Wiggins followed with a mid-court steal and lined up a dunk that could have cut the lead to seven, but Ross chased him down and prevented a score that could cut the gap to seven.
“I didn’t know if I was going to block it but it was worth the effort,” said Ross, who was not officially credited with a block. “You don’t know. Sometimes they hear footsteps and sometimes they will alter (the shot). I got lucky.”
Timberwolves: G Jeff Teague participated in the morning shootaround but missed an eighth game with a sore left foot. G Derrick Rose was not with the team, missing a fifth game with a sore right ankle. Towns was shocked to hear it announced that he had fouled out with 5:10 remaining after committing his third foul.
Magic: Last in the NBA with only 19 free throw attempts per game, the Magic shot 14 in a span of 5:31 in the third quarter. They made 21 of 23 in the game. Rookie C Mo Bamba missed a third straight game with a stress fracture of his left tibia. The Magic lost by 17 at Minnesota on Jan. 4.
The Magic acquired point guard Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, from Philadelphia, but it doesn’t sound like he will be playing anytime soon.
Asked when the team expected Fultz to play, president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said: “We’re going to do it right, we’re not going to do it fast.”
The Magic gave up F Jonathon Simmons, a protected 2020 first-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick for Fultz, who is out with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a nerve problem in his shoulder.
Fultz appeared in only 33 games in his 1 ½ seasons in Philadelphia, averaging 8.2 points in 19 games this season. He last played on Nov. 19.
“We look forward to getting him in here, getting our arms around him, understanding everything he’s dealing with and getting him through it,” Weltman said.
Towns Hits Desperate Shot, Wolves Beat Grizzlies 99-97
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=867084 Foul trouble forced Karl-Anthony Towns to watch much of the first three quarters from the bench.
]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Foul trouble forced Karl-Anthony Towns to watch much of the first three quarters from the bench.
Luckily for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the star center was available — and in the right spot — in overtime.
Towns hit a buzzer-beating desperation shot in overtime to lift Minnesota over the Memphis Grizzlies, 99-97 on Wednesday night. Memphis led twice during overtime, but Towns helped the Timberwolves close out their fourth win in a row.
On the final possession, Andrew Wiggins ran the clock down to six seconds before shooting a pull-up 3. The rebound fell to the right side, where Towns grabbed it, dribbled once and floated up a shot as he faded toward the corner. The ball went in, and Towns tossed up his hands before getting mobbed by teammates.
“The basketball gods weren’t treating me well, but I stuck with it,” Towns said. “I was saying, ‘All right, they owe me one. The gods owe me one and the next chance I get, I’m going to make it.’”
Towns scored all 16 of his points after halftime, and had 10 rebounds in his 26:27 of action
Jerryd Bayless had 19 points and a career-high 12 assists for the Wolves on a frigid night with an announced crowd of 13,615. Many fewer actually showed up.
Mike Conley had 26 points and eight assists for Memphis, which lost for the 12th time in 13 road games. Marc Gasol had 19 points, and Ivan Rabb had 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
“It’s a microcosm of our season, kind of like the ball bounces in a funny way and KAT’s in the right spot,” Conley said. “Not only is he in the right spot but he makes the shot. You know, tip-toes the sideline which is a heck of a play on his part. But we did everything we could to extend the game, to win the game.”
Memphis played its fourth straight game decided by one possession. It has lost three of those games.
“It’s tough, but we’re putting ourselves in position, giving ourselves a chance,” Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “Tonight, they made one more play than we did. We just have to make that play when it’s called upon.”
Minnesota signed Isaiah Canaan to a 10-day contract Wednesday with the Wolves missing three point guards because of injury. Canaan had three points and one assist in 13 minutes. A six-year veteran, Canaan played 19 games this season for Phoenix, averaging 7.5 points, 3.3 assists and 26.5 minutes.
Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green returned after missing the previous game with left knee soreness. Green was scoreless in five minutes. … Jaren Jackson Jr. was questionable to play due to an illness, but the rookie forward started and had 14 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes. Jackson is the only Memphis player to play in every game this season. … Omri Casspi (right knee soreness) and Garrett Temple (left shoulder sprain) each missed their third straight game. … The Grizzlies last road win was Dec. 23 at the Los Angeles Lakers. They won in Minnesota on Nov. 18 and are 8-18 on the road.
Timberwolves: Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose and Tyus Jones all missed the game. Teague has missed five games with soreness in his left foot. Rose hasn’t played in the past three games with a sore right ankle, and Jones has missed seven games with a sprained left ankle. F Robert Covington missed his 14th straight game with a right knee bone bruise.
BAYLESS GETS HIS SHOT
With the injuries at guard, Bayless is receiving his extensive playing time after a run of injuries and misfortune. He had his first double-double since Nov. 7, 2015, and just the fifth of his career. He was three rebounds shy of his first triple-double.
“It’s been 11 years for me to get this opportunity and I’m trying to take advantage of it as much as I can,” Bayless said. “I know how rare and how hard it is for these to come about.”
Towns Carries Timberwolves Over The Lakers, 120-105
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=866104 The Minnesota Timberwolves needed three players to step up when guard Derrick Rose went down injured.]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves needed three players to step up when guard Derrick Rose went down injured.
Andrew Wiggins, Jerryd Bayless and Jared Terrell all delivered in the absence of Rose, who didn’t play in the second half because of a sore right ankle, and another dominant performance by Karl-Anthony Towns helped the Timberwolves keep rolling.
Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds to propel Minnesota past the Los Angeles Lakers 120-105 on Thursday night.
Wiggins added 23 points and Bayless scored 16 off the bench for the Timberwolves, who have won three straight. Terrell, a rookie guard, had 10 points to help make up for the loss of Rose, who had six points in 12 minutes before exiting.
“It was a huge team win,” Wiggins said. “We have a lot of guys out, a lot of guys that (are) hurt, and people came in and stepped up.”
Interim coach Ryan Saunders did not know if Rose would be available to play Friday against Utah.
It was the frontline of Towns and Taj Gibson that put Minnesota ahead with an 11-1 run early in the third quarter. Towns had seven points, including a 3-pointer to push the Timberwolves back in front 69-66 with 7:34 to play in the period. They did not trail again.
Gibson had the other four points and finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Wiggins was effective in closing out the game with nine points and three assists in the fourth quarter. Terrell scored seven in the period after totaling nine in his first four career games.
“Guys banding together all the way, we were great,” Saunders said. “All the way down the line we had great efforts.”
Rajon Rondo had 15 points, 13 assists and six rebounds in his first game since injuring a finger on his right hand at Golden State on Christmas, but the Lakers lost their third in a row.
Brandon Ingram had 20 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13.
Rondo went right to work after missing 14 games because of a sprained finger that required surgery, getting eight points and four rebounds in the first quarter.
But Los Angeles centers Ivica Zubac and JaVale McGee had seven of the Lakers’ 20 turnovers, which led to 34 points for the Timberwolves.
“It went back to physicality,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “They didn’t get turnovers from trying to play-make. They got the ball stripped from them.”
The Timberwolves also got an unexpected contribution from Luol Deng, who had seven points and three rebounds in 11 minutes after playing in one game for the Lakers last season. Deng was bought out by Los Angeles in September after signing a four-year, $72 million free agent contract in 2016, but said he was not interested in any personal retribution against his former team.
“I tried not to make this me against them,” Deng said. “This was really the Timberwolves coming in here and needing a win. I try to clear my mind from all that. What happened, happened. I’m blessed in so many other ways. I just wanted just to focus on winning the game.”
Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma couldn’t get on track, finishing with 10 points and failing to make any of his four 3-point attempts. Walton attributed the poor performance to a hip injury. Kuzma said he landed on the hip after making his first shot and hoped that two days of treatment would be enough to allow him to play Sunday against Phoenix.
“We’re fighting to be in the playoffs, we’re fighting for seeding and the season is ticking down,” Kuzma said. “Everything has to be serious right now. Every game matters, every possession, every second.”
Timberwolves: F Jeff Teague missed his second straight game because of soreness in his left foot. … Minnesota went 3-1 in the season series. The Timberwolves are 15-8 over their past 23 games against the Lakers following a 22-game losing streak.
Lakers: Walton said he would not update a timetable for the return of LeBron James, who missed his 15th straight game because of a groin strain. “I’m not going to throw out weeks or day,” Walton said after James returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday. “He knows what he’s doing, he’s taking care of his body, and when he’s ready to go, he’ll go.” … Los Angeles shot 50.6 percent from the field despite going 8 of 28 from 3-point range.
Towns, Timberwolves Rout Short-Handed Suns 118-91
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=865715 Karl-Anthony-Towns had 25 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves took an early lead and rolled past the short-handed Phoenix Suns 118-91 on Tuesday night.]]> PHOENIX (AP) — Karl-Anthony-Towns had 25 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves took an early lead and rolled past the short-handed Phoenix Suns 118-91 on Tuesday night.
Josh Okogie added a career-high 21 points for the Timberwolves, who beat the Suns for the second time in a row, following a 116-114 win in Minneapolis on Sunday, when Derrick Rose sank the game-winner on a drive at the buzzer.
In both games, Phoenix was without centers Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) and Richaun Holmes (right foot sprain).
Devin Booker scored 14 for Phoenix before he and Minnesota’s Gorgui Deng were ejected with 5:24 left in the third quarter. Phoenix already trailed by 20 by then.
Josh Jackson had a season-high 27 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which lost its fifth straight. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 13 and Dragan Bender, who started at center, had 12 points and 10 boards.
Andrew Wiggins scored 17 and Jared Bayless 14 for Minnesota.
It was a far cry from the tight game the teams played two days earlier.
The Suns never led and were down by as many as 30 in the second half.
Phoenix trailed only 44-42 after Bender’s 3-pointer midway through the second quarter but the Timberwolves outscored the Suns 20-7 the final 6:33 of the half to lead 64-49 at the break. Towns had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the first quarters.
Minnesota stretched it to 80-60 on Bayless’ fourth 3 of the night with 6:52 left in the third quarter.
The Timberwolves led 82-62 with 5:24 left in the third quarter when Booker and Dieng got into a brief altercation, with Booker getting knocked down and responded with a hand to Dieng’s face. After a video review, both were ejected. Since Booker is averaging 24.5 points per game and Dieng 5.4, Minnesota got the obvious advantage of that one.
Timberwolves: Jeff Teague missed the game with left foot soreness. Tyus Jones missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle. Timberwolves have another pair of consecutive games against the same opponent next week, against Utah on Friday and Sunday. … Minnesota has won six of nine games. Timberwolves won the season series 2-1.
Suns: Phoenix has had four stretches of at least five losses in a row this season. … Booker drew a technical foul from the bench in the second quarter. Oubre snapped a string of seven straight games of at least 14 points, longest such stretch of his career. Booker is averaging 24 points and a career-high seven assists. James Harden and LeBron James are the only others to have done that so far this season.
Timberwolves: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
Suns: Host Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.
Popovich Ties Riley For Road Wins; Spurs Beat Wolves 116-113
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=865236 Under coach Gregg Popovich, the San Antonio Spurs have been consistent winners. That includes when they go on the road — and anywhere they play the Minnesota Timberwolves.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Under coach Gregg Popovich, the San Antonio Spurs have been consistent winners. That includes when they go on the road — and anywhere they play the Minnesota Timberwolves.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, Rudy Gay added 22 and the Spurs held on to give Popovich another milestone victory in a 116-113 win against the Timberwolves on Friday night.
Popovich earned his 520th career win on the road, tying Pat Riley for the most in NBA history.
“We got through some stuff and it’s always good to win on the road,” Popovich said. “It’s always difficult to do, but when you do it feels pretty good.”
The win also continued San Antonio’s mastery of Minnesota. The Spurs have won 16 of the past 18 games between the teams. San Antonio is 59-25 in the series since Popovich took over as coach for the 1996-97 season.
Marco Belinelli added 19 points off the bench for San Antonio, which played without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan because of left ankle soreness.
“Coach Pop said don’t think about it and play basketball, and we’ve got to win the game no matter what,” forward Davis Bertans said. Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points for the Timberwolves but fouled out after only 21 minutes. Derrick Rose chipped in 23 points and Taj Gibson added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota.
Another matchup between the familiar foes was tight throughout, with 27 lead changes and 17 ties. It also featured a heavy dose of fouls on both sides. The teams combined for 53 personal fouls and 67 free throws.
“We’re a no-excuse team,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said. “We made our own mistakes at times. We had opportunities to win. So, there’s nothing on the officials.”
Towns picked up his fourth foul less than two minutes into the second half, and again went to the bench. Josh Okogie had six points and Jeff Teague added five as Minnesota used a 14-1 run to take a 77-67 lead.
The Spurs responded with a 13-2 spurt of their own as Bertans hit a pair of 3-pointers.
“We had a 10-point lead. We didn’t close out the show,” Towns said. “We didn’t do what we needed to do to come out with a win. That’s the disappointing thing about tonight. That’s our next step in maturation of our team.”
The Wolves led 90-88 to start the fourth, but Bertans opened the quarter with another 3. San Antonio led by seven in the fourth, but Minnesota clawed back within one with 30.3 seconds left on Rose’s layup.
Belinelli hit two free throws and Rose’s 3 at the buzzer was off the mark.
Spurs: Popovich is third in NBA history with 1,224 wins overall. He passed Jerry Sloan for third place on Jan. 10. … San Antonio entered 4-17 this season when trailing after three quarters.
Timberwolves: Tyus Jones missed the game with a left ankle sprain sustained Tuesday at Philadelphia. Robert Covington missed his eighth straight game with a right knee bone bruise. Andrew Wiggins passed Sam Mitchell for second place on the franchise’s career scoring list. Wiggins has 7,174 points. Kevin Garnett is first with 19,201 points in a Wolves uniform. After scoring his 10,000th career point on Tuesday, Rose got his 3,000th assist on Friday. Minnesota announced that Jerry Sichting was hired as an assistant coach. It is Sichting’s third stint with the Wolves. He spent 10 years with the team from 1995-2005 and two seasons from 2007-09.
ON THE MEND
DeRozan said he expects to play Sunday “without a doubt” even though he’s “a little banged up.”
“I pride myself in not missing a practice, not missing a game,” he said. “When you play a lot of minutes, a lot of things accumulate that you’ve got to deal with, so it was kind of good just to get a rest. Don’t play until Sunday, get some treatment. So, a couple days for me is going to be big.”
DeRozan began the day 20th in the league in points per game (21.7) and 13th in assists (6.4).
It was the sixth time Towns has fouled out this season, and the second time against San Antonio. He entered tied for first in the NBA in fouls per game at 3.8
“I’m going to save my money because whatever I say won’t change anything,” Towns said.
Spurs: Return home against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
76ers Score 83 In 1st Half, Roll Past Timberwolves By 42
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=864575 Jimmy Butler’s final miserable months in Minnesota were blighted by trash talk toward his teammates and a sour demeanor that forced the Timberwolves to trade him.]]> PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jimmy Butler’s final miserable months in Minnesota were blighted by trash talk toward his teammates and a sour demeanor that forced the Timberwolves to trade him.
At home in Philadelphia, Butler is still working out the kinks with his new star teammates. But Butler had one final parting gift for his old team: a complete thrashing that left the Timberwolves in tatters.
Butler scored 19 points in the first meeting with Minnesota since the trade, and the 76ers scored 83 points in the first half in a 149-107 rout on Tuesday night.
“I do want to beat those guys,” Butler said, “but I want to beat every team.”
The Golden State Warriors were the only team to score more first-half points in a game this season when they dropped 92 on the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 29. The Sixers hit a team-record 21 3-pointers and reached their highest point total in the 22-year history of the Wells Fargo Center.
Jimmy Butler (credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Joel Embiid had 31 points and 13 rebounds in a final tuneup before the Sixers hit a pivotal stretch of the season.
“We’ve got some heavyweights coming in but so be it,” coach Brett Brown said.
The Sixers needed the breather against Minnesota. They play their next 12 games against teams with winning records and the Sixers are not quite where Brown wants them as they go toe-to-toe with those NBA heavyweights.
“Not to the level that I wished it was,” Brown said. “It’s not anything that I’m panicking about.”
They never had reason to worry about Minnesota.
The Sixers stuffed a season’s worth of highlights into the first half. They cut to the hoop with ease for layups and big Ben Simmons dunks. They buried mostly uncontested 3-pointers — 10 of 20 in the half — and even made all 11 free throws.
Simmons, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds, flexed and Embiid waved his arms to an adoring crowd after big baskets.
Butler took a backseat in his first game since the Timberwolves sent him to the 76ers in a package deal that brought forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric in return.
“It was everything that I thought it would be,” Butler said. “Seeing some old faces. Not too much trash talking, though, I don’t think anybody’s talking like that. I like the fact that we beat them.”
Covington and Saric were popular core pieces of Philadelphia’s Trust the Process rebuild and both received massive ovations from an appreciative crowd in tribute videos.
“It means they really appreciate what I did the last three years here,” Saric said. “I’m thankful for that. They really respect me.”
The Sixers found thumping the Timberwolves a breeze. They’re having a tougher time molding the Butler-Simmons-Embiid combination into a dominant Big 3 instead of a big mystery. The Sixers have a thin bench and are experimenting with rotations to find the right ones that can make them evolve into the Eastern Conference favorites they expected to become this season.
Sixers rookie general manager Elton Brand hits the Feb. 7 trade deadline with a major mission: strengthen the reserves. Former Sixers Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova steadied the Sixers last season as midseason pickups and Brown needs more of that punch for a deep run in the East this season.
Timberwolves: Derrick Rose led the Timberwolves with 15 points and Saric had 11 in his return. Covington sat out with a knee injury. Tyus Jones left with a sprained left ankle.
“We’ll look at the film and work on moving forward,” coach Ryan Saunders said. “Our communication was not up to our standards.”
76ers: Signed G Corey Brewer to a 10-day contract. He has career averages of 8.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 783 games.
WHAT A HALF
The team record for points in a first half is 86. The Sixers shot 66 percent (31 of 47) and had 21 assists on 31 baskets.
Butler had voiced his frustration with the state of the Timberwolves and was soon traded to the Sixers. The Sixers need more big games from him to contend.
“There are times that I wished he’d shoot more 3s. There are times I wished he’d put this thumbprint deeper into the game,” Brown said. “But he plays the game the right way.”
Sir Charles is ready for his close up.
Charles Barkley, the 76ers great whose retired No. 34 hangs in the rafters, is set to play a substitute gym teacher in Wednesday’s episode of “The Goldbergs.”
“In my gym, we’ve got two rules. Number one, we NEVER give up. Number two, aliens are real and they walk among us,” he says in the episode.
The 76ers honored broadcaster Marc Zumoff for 25 years as the team broadcaster.
Wolves’ Wiggins Clarifies ‘Gay’ Comment On Opponent’s Behavior
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=863478 Minnesota forward Andrew Wiggins attempted to clarify comments Wednesday that he used the word gay to describe Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder’s behavior during their game.]]> OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Minnesota forward Andrew Wiggins attempted to clarify comments Wednesday that he used the word gay to describe Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder’s behavior during their game.
Thunder center Nerlens Noel was taken off the court on a stretcher in the third quarter after Wiggins collided with Noel on a dunk attempt Tuesday night. Schroder, unhappy about the play and other incidents in what was a testy game, eventually was given a technical foul for an altercation with Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague.
Wiggins thought Schroder’s actions were unwarranted.
“He was just gay,” Wiggins said afterward. “He was acting crazy for no reason.”
A few hours later, Wiggins tried on social media to clarify his comments.
“Id like to clarify what I said tonight during my post game media session. I said: “I don’t know what’s wrong with him he was just getting… acting crazy for no reason,” he said on Twitter.
In his next post , Wiggins did not use the word apology, but said: “I have the utmost love and respect for the LGBTQIA community and I would never use any term to disrespect them in anyway.”
The public comments were made after a competitive game, during which Noel was injured.
On the dunk attempt, Noel took an elbow in the face as Wiggins went up, and Noel’s head hit the ground hard. A foul was called on Noel. The play was reviewed, and no additional fouls were called. Noel was down for several minutes before being taken from the court. Players from both teams jawed at each other while Noel was on the ground.
Thunder coach Billy Donovan said after the game that Noel was taken to the University of Oklahoma’s OU Medical Center. He did not offer details on the injury.
Wiggins said he didn’t mean to hurt Noel.
“I just tried to make an aggressive move and dunk,” Wiggins said. “He tried to contest it. I think he fell wrong. I didn’t really see it until I saw him on the ground. Hopefully, he’s good. I hope nothing but the best for him. I hope he gets healthy soon and comes back stronger.”
The skirmish between Schroder and Teague came a few minutes after the collision. Two technicals were called on Teague and he was ejected.
Ryan Saunders Wins 1st Game, Wolves Top Thunder 119-117
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=863383 Andrew Wiggins had a season-high 40 points and 10 rebounds, and the Timberwolves beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 119-117 on Tuesday night in Ryan Saunders’ first game as Minnesota’s interim coach.]]> OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Andrew Wiggins had a season-high 40 points and 10 rebounds, and the Timberwolves beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 119-117 on Tuesday night in Ryan Saunders’ first game as Minnesota’s interim coach.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points and Dario Saric added 15 for the Timberwolves.
Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook missed two 3-pointers in the closing seconds that would have given the Thunder the lead. He finished with 25 points and 16 assists.
Paul George scored 27 points and Steven Adams added 20 points and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma City.
Thunder reserve center Nerlens Noel was taken off the court on a stretcher in the third quarter after Wiggins made contact with him on a dunk attempt.
Ryan Saunders (credit: David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Noel took an elbow in the face as Wiggins went up, and Noel hit the ground hard. A defensive foul was called on Noel. The play was reviewed, and no additional fouls were called. Noel was down for several minutes before being taken away from the court. There was no immediate word on Noel’s condition.
In the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City guard Dennis Schroder somehow won a jump ball with Towns, and Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a 111-110 lead.
Josh Okogie’s corner 3-pointer with 26.8 seconds left put the Timberwolves up 119-115.
Westbrook made two free throws, then Minnesota’s Tyus Jones traveled with 15.5 seconds left to give the Thunder a chance.
Thunder: G Alex Abrines missed his fifth consecutive game for personal reasons. Schroder was listed as questionable with a left quad contusion, but he entered the game in the first quarter.
Timberwolves: G Derrick Rose missed his sixth straight game with a sprained right ankle. F Robert Covington missed his fourth straight game with a bruised right knee. Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague was ejected in the third quarter after a skirmish with Schroder.
Timberwolves: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.
Towns, Teague Help Wolves Recover In 120-103 Win Over Magic
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=862803 Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 23 points and 10 assists in his return to the Minnesota lineup in the Timberwolves’ 120-103 comeback victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 23 points and 10 assists in his return to the Minnesota lineup in the Timberwolves’ 120-103 comeback victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
Taj Gibson added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota. The Timberwolves recovered from a 19-point deficit midway through the second quarter with a 44-12 run through the 5:51 of the third quarter.
Nikola Vucevic had 22 points for Orlando, but just eight after the first quarter. The Magic, who had won three of four, hit 26 of their first 34 shots (76.4 percent) before fading.
Terrence Ross scored 13 points off the bench for Orlando, but he missed his final four 3-pointers after starting 3 of 5 from beyond the arc during the Magic’s hot start. Evan Fournier added 21 points.
Teague wasn’t rusty in his return after missing nine games due to left ankle inflammation.
With the Wolves also missing backup point guard Derrick Rose and starting forward Robert Covington, Teague was 8 of 10 from the field and hit all three of his 3-pointers, including a quick shot from 28 feet to beat the 24-second clock on one third-quarter possession.
It was Teague’s fourth game of the season with at least 20 points.
Minnesota found a way to slow Orlando in the second and continued the momentum into the second half. The Magic missed 12 of their final 14 shots of the first half and were 7 of 23 in the third quarter.
Teague and Towns took over offensively in the second half. Teague had nine points and four assists in the third, and Towns had 21 points in the second half after first-half foul trouble.
Magic: F Jonathon Simmons returned after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle. Simmons scored six points in 21 minutes off the bench. Orlando set a season high with the 68 first-half points. The franchise record is 78, set on Nov. 3, 2010, against Minnesota.
Timberwolves: Covington missed his second straight game with a right knee bone bruise and is sidelined indefinitely. Rose missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained right ankle. Towns had his 25th double-double in 39 games this season. Without Covington, Anthony Tolliver played for the second straight game and matched his season high with 11 points. Minnesota is 13-6 at home this season and 5-15 on the road.
Magic: Their six-game trip continues Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Timberwolves: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
Hayward Leads Celtics Past Timberwolves 115-102
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=862364 Gordon Hayward was off target on all six of his shots in Boston’s previous game and then started with a pair of long misses on Wednesday night against Minnesota. Then it quickly turned around.]]> BOSTON (AP) — Gordon Hayward was off target on all six of his shots in Boston’s previous game and then started with a pair of long misses on Wednesday night against Minnesota.
Then it quickly turned around.
A 3-pointer from the right side. Another from the left. A basket from the lane and then a dunk, followed by three straight free throws. In all, he was 4 for 4 in the second quarter and 7 of 8 in the third.
“He was disappointed in how he shot the ball, obviously, in San Antonio and got back in the gym this morning. And you could tell he was going to play pretty well,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after Hayward came off the bench to score a season-high 35 points and lead Boston to a 115-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
“I mean, 14 for 18 is an unbelievable night, and you’re not always going to shoot it like that,” Stevens said. “But you could tell he was pretty locked in.”
Terry Rozier scored 11 of his 16 points in the first quarter while making his third start of the season because Kyrie Irving scratched both of his eyes in Monday’s game against San Antonio. Hayward took over from there in his highest scoring game with the Celtics.
“Gordon’s a good player, and we gave him basically whatever he wanted,” said Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who saw Hayward score 30 a month ago when the teams met in Minneapolis. “When you do that in this league, they’re going to make you pay.”
Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 of his 28 points — and grabbed five of his 12 rebounds — in the third quarter, when Minnesota trimmed a 22-point deficit to six points. It was an 11-point game with 4:53 left before the Celtics went on an 8-0 run to clinch their fifth straight win over the Wolves.
Hayward missed all but five minutes of last season with a broken leg and has been coming off the bench the last six weeks as Stevens tries to figure out a rotation. On Monday night against the Spurs, Hayward had his only scoreless game of the season.
After missing his first two shots on Wednesday, Hayward didn’t stop shooting.
“Didn’t start that great … but Marcus Smart got me open for a 3 that got me going a little bit,” he said. “Anytime you have a game like I did last game, you want to try to come out ultra-aggressive.”
Towns said the problem was the team’s failure to maintain a consistent focus, comparing the sport to boxing.
“Boxing is such a great sport,” he said. “Those guys have to be focused every single second of every single round. We have to be focused; we have to think of ourselves like boxing. We have to make sure every single second we are tremendously focused.”
Minnesota scored nine of the last 11 points in the first quarter to trim Boston’s 11-point lead to 25-21, and then opened the second with a step-back jumper from Wiggins. It was a four-point game when Boston ran off 16 points in a row to take a 47-27 lead.
Boston led by as many as 22 in the third quarter before Towns scored 15 points during a 23-11 Minnesota run that cut the deficit to 10. He added five more in the final 90 seconds of the third to make it a six-point game.
Thibodeau called a timeout just 64 seconds into the game to settle his team down after giving up two quick baskets.
“The start of the ame was poor,” he explained. “You start off a game like that, give them a little confidence, it’s hard to slow them down.”
Timberwolves: The last time Minnesota won in Boston was March 6, 2005. Kevin Garnett was a starter in his first stint with the Wolves. Ricky Davis led the Celtics with 22 points. Robert Covington (right knee injury), Derrick Rose (right ankle sprain) and Jeff Teague (left ankle inflammation) were sidelined by injuries.
Celtics: Improved to 2-1 with Rozier starting. Even without Irving, the Celtics set a season high with 34 assists. In addition to Irving, the Celtics were missing big man Aron Baynes, who missed his seventh straight game with a broken left hand. The Celtics returned home after a 1-2 road trip to Texas and Memphis. They play four straight and 15 of 19 games at home in January and don’t leave the Eastern time zone until Feb. 21.
Smart left in obvious pain after absorbing a pick from Towns early in the second half. He walked over by the Celtics bench with his right arm dangling at his side. After Stevens called a timeout, Smart was ushered by the training staff into the tunnel to the locker room.
But Smart was back with about four minutes left in the quarter, getting a big cheer when he rejoined his teammates on the bench. He re-entered the game late in the third and finished with two points and eight assists.
The Celtics said it was a right shoulder strain. Marcus Morris Sr. left the game in the third quarter with a sore neck and did not return.
Timberwolves: Home against the Magic on Friday night.