02/24 22:42 CST Edwards scores 29, Towns adds 28 as Wolves pull away for 101-86
win over Nets
Edwards scores 29, Towns adds 28 as Wolves pull away for 101-86 win over Nets
By TYLER MASON
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --- Anthony Edwards scored 11 of his game-high 29 points in
the fourth quarter, punctuated by a dunk in the final minute, as the Minnesota
Timberwolves took sole possession of first place in the Western Conference with
a 101-86 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
Karl-Anthony Towns added 28 points for Minnesota, which bounced back from a
loss Friday to Milwaukee. The Timberwolves are now 5-2 this season on the
second night of back-to-backs.
Cam Thomas led Brooklyn with 18 points. Nets leading scorer Mikal Bridges, who
entered Saturday averaging a team-high 21.7 points per game, added 15 points.
The win puts the Timberwolves a half game ahead of idle Oklahoma City in the
The Nets fell to 0-2 under interim head coach Kevin Ollie. Ollie took over for
Jacques Vaughn, who was fired during the All-Star break.
Things got chippy with 22.5 seconds remaining and the game already out of hand.
Dennis Schroder made contact with Mike Conley after Conley hit a 3-pointer,
causing Minnesota's Jaden McDaniels to shove Schroder. The play resulted in
four offsetting technical fouls, two for each team.
Both teams struggled from the floor. Minnesota shot 43% from and 31.6% from
deep. Brooklyn shot 34% and was just 6 of 35 from 3-point range.
The Timberwolves were without center Rudy Gobert, who missed Saturday's game
with a sprained left ankle. Gobert suffered the injury in the third quarter of
Friday's loss to Milwaukee. Saturday was just the second game he's missed this
Without Gobert, Minnesota struggled on the boards. Brooklyn outrebounded the
Minnesota's Naz Reid landed awkwardly in the second quarter, colliding with the
basket and hitting his leg midway through the second quarter. He walked to the
locker room under his own power and eventually returned to the game in the
middle of the third quarter.
Nets: At Memphis on Monday night.
Timberwolves: Host San Antonio on Tuesday night.
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