Timberwolves Top Heat 113-104 for 7th win in 8 games – WCCO

MIAMI (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves refused to let a road loss become a streak.

Jaylen Nowell scored 16 points, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards each added 15, and the Timberwolves beat the Miami Heat 113-104 on Saturday night.

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The Timberwolves rebounded from a loss in Orlando on Friday night to win for the seventh time in eight games.

“Last season was tough. If we lost it would become a losing steak,” said Malik Beasley. “Now we are better than that. We wanted to make sure we came out with another winning streak.

Tyler Herro scored 30 points for the Eastern Conference-leading Heat. They had 37 points in the second half after scoring 42 in the second quarter. Miami lost two of three.

“Their speed and quickness, as well as their ability to play in passing lanes, makes them very disruptive, and they were disruptive at key moments in the second half,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. about the Timberwolves. “These open windows you have close very quickly with them.”

Miami’s Markieff Morris had six points and four rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench in his first game in more than four months. He missed 58 games due to a whiplash injury sustained in a Nov. 8 fight with Denver’s Nikola Jokic.

“It was awesome, man. It’s been a long process,” Morris said. “I’m grateful and I’m grateful to be playing the game I love again.”

Towns hit an 11-foot jumper with 3:53 left to give Minnesota the lead for good at 102-100.

“We felt like even though we were down 12 (at halftime), we didn’t feel like we were down 12,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch said. . “We felt like it was a much tighter game and we just had to come out with a good start, with a big goal.”

The Heat played without Jimmy Butler (irritated toes), Caleb Martin (knee) and Victor Oladipo (knee). Oladipo’s absence was expected after playing three games in five days for his first games in almost a year after the operation.

Herro scored 18 of his 21 first-half points in Miami’s 42-point second quarter to take a 67-55 halftime lead. Adebayo added 15 points in the first half.

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Taurean Prince’s 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer gave Minnesota an 89-86 advantage. Beasley scored nine points — three 3-pointers — in the third quarter for the Timberwolves.

ADVICE

Timberwolves: Barring a total collapse, Minnesota will finish with a winning record for the second time in 17 seasons. The other case was 2017-18 (47-35). … That game was the only one in an eight-game streak (ending Wednesday) in which Minnesota faced a team with a winning record. Next Saturday, the Timberwolves will begin a streak where they play seven consecutive games against teams over .500.

Heat: Butler missed his 22nd game of the season. He missed – through injury, illness or other reasons – 27% of Miami’s regular season games during his three years with Miami. … After playing seven games in 11 days, a streak that ended on Saturday, the Heat are only playing four games in the next 11.

THE END

It was the end of Minnesota’s 13th and final straight game this season. Miami finished its 12th of 14 back-to-back; the others arrive on March 25 and 26 (welcoming New York and Brooklyn) and April 2 and 3 (visiting Chicago and Toronto).

MILESTONE SPOELSTRA

The game was the 1,100th regular season contest for Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, making him the fifth coach in NBA history to have that many with a single franchise. The Others: New NBA leader wins San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich (2,031 Saturday), Jerry Sloan (1,809), Red Auerbach (1,192) and John MacLeod (1,122).

FOLLOWING

Timberwolves: At San Antonio on Monday night.

Heat: host Detroit on Tuesday night.

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