MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points, including eight in the fourth quarter before fouling out, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 119-111on Friday night.
Ricky Rubio added 17 points, and Naz Reid scored 16 off the bench as Minnesota had seven players score in double-figures to overcome 21 turnovers. Towns keyed a 22-6 run midway through the fourth as the Timberwolves.
Minnesota faced anotherplayoff contender after consecutive losses at home by at least 25 points to Brooklyn and Milwaukee. The in six games, a stretch against all East teams.
Jimmy Butler had 30 points, ten rebounds, and eight assists, but Miami lost itsgame, all coming on the road. Trevor Ariza 21 points for the Heat, who started the night seventh in the East and a half-game ahead of Charlotte.
At the start of the day, Miami appeared ready to put away the Wolves, the West’s worst team. The Heat finished the third quarter on a 15-5 and led by five points, with Goran Dragic hitting a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
Towns didn’t let Minnesota fade away. He finished the pivotal fourth-quarter run with a deep three andup the court, holding out three fingers to the hometown crowd.
Heat: G Victor Oladipo missed his fourthwith right knee soreness. … Butler, the who forced his way out with a trade, was booed loudly by the limited fans in attendance the first time he touched the ball. … Butler recorded multiple steals for the ninth straight game, setting a franchise record and of his career. Sherman Douglas had eight consecutive such games in 1990.
Timberwolves: G Jaylen Nowell missed the game with a right tibia contusion. … Towns extended his streak of games with 3 to 70 games, the longest stretch by a player in franchise history. … Edwards had a steal for the 25th straight game, the longest active streak in the NBA, and the longest by a rookie in team history. Thefor a rookie is 31 consecutive games by Chris Paul in 2005-06.
Memorial Fund. Wright was the on April 11 in a nearby suburb.
Heat: Host the Nets on Sunday.
Timberwolves: Travel to Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Sunday.
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