Minnesota hangs on in overtime, tops Miami 125-122
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 31, 2017 10:44 AM
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) takes a shot against Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) — Jeff Teague scored 23 points, Andrew Wiggins scored 22 and the Minnesota Timberwolves scored the first six points of overtime before holding on to beat the Miami Heat 125-122 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who got 16 from Jimmy Butler and 13 from Jamal Crawford.
Jimmy Butler scored 14, Jamal Crawford scored 13 and Towns grabbed 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves.
Dion Waiters tied a career-high by scoring 33 for Miami, 14 of those coming in the fourth quarter including a layup that sent the game to overtime. His 30-footer that would have tied the game as time expired bounced off the rim.
Kelly Olynyk scored 23 points and Goran Dragic added 18 for Miami — which was again without center Hassan Whiteside, out for a fifth consecutive game with a bruised left knee. Bam Adebayo started again in his place and had the best game of his rookie season, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Wiggins got to the line with 43 seconds left after missing a dunk on a play where Justise Winslow was called for a foul that left the Heat arguing otherwise. He made both free throws to put Minnesota up by four, and the Heat would eventually get back within one on a three-pointer by Waiters with 5.1 seconds left.
But Teague made a pair of free throws, and Miami's desperation heave from Waiters was off line.
Wiggins had both Minnesota baskets in the final 1:01 of regulation, a putback of his own miss and an emphatic dunk for a four-point lead.
He had a chance to put the Timberwolves up four again with 12 seconds left, but missed a layup. Winslow got the rebound for Miami and on the ensuing possession Waiters blew past Butler for a layup to tie it at 110. Towns — with Adebayo right on him — wasn't close on a three-pointer as time expired, and to overtime they went.
Timberwolves: Minnesota's first six three-pointers came from six different players. ... Towns took only 11 shots from the floor, perhaps a bit of a surprise since Miami was without Whiteside. ... The Timberwolves can get their first three-game winning streak since January with a win on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
Heat: Miami missed more free throws in the first quarter (three) than in its two previous games combined (two). ... Okaro White gave the Heat a big boost late in the third, scoring five points on a put-back dunk and three-pointer that cut Minnesota's six-point lead to one. ... Miami was cold from three-point range again, shooting 7-for-27 from beyond the arc.
Dragic came out sizzling, and that's been a trend. He was 5-for-5 in the first quarter, the second time he's done that in the last three games. Dragic is shooting 20-for-29 (69 percent) in first quarters this season, and 16-for-20 (80 percent) in the opening periods of his last four games.
THE WIGGINS RULES
Wiggins has had some big scoring games against the Heat — at least 22 in four of seven contests — but he's earned whatever he gets. Wiggins shot 7-for-23 on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), and that made him 46-for-125 (36.8 percent) against the Heat.
Timberwolves: Visit New Orleans on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), the finale of a two-game trip.
Heat: Host Chicago on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), ending a six-game homestand.