The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Washington Wizards yesterday, 132-129.
Gorgui Dieng connected on a 3-point shot from the left-corner to bring the game to overtime. In overtime, Zach LaVine hit two 3-pointers in a matter of 12 seconds — the second of which tied things up 121 with just over 10 seconds remaining — to force a second extra session.
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The Wolves gave themselves a three point lead after Tayshaun Prince had found a wide-open Karl-Anthony Towns streaking down the lane on an inbound play with 12.7 seconds remaining. Towns on the ensuing possession kept in front of Bradly Beal, forcing Washington’s sharpshooting 2-guard to differ the last shot to Jared Dudley, missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game at 132. Beal shot 4-of-7 from 3-point range and finished with a team-high 26 points.
From the 6:00 minute mark of the fourth quarter until the final buzzer sounded, Towns knocked down each of his six field goal attempts and scored 13 points. He finished the win with a game-high 27 points (12-of-21 FG) to go with 10 rebounds and 5 assists. During that same stretch, Dieng added 10 points having made 4-of-5 attempts from the field. He finished with 18 points (8-of-11 FG), 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
LaVine made 5-of-9 attempts from 3-point range en route to 25 points.
The Wolves finished 22-of-22 from the free throw line.
“It just shows the integrity of our team,” Towns said after the game, as was reported by The AP’s Ian Quillen, “to go out there and continuously fight no matter what happens during the game.”
With the win, the Wolves knocked Washington 3.5 games back of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference.
“It’s a horrible loss, just plain and simple,” Beal said. “There’s no explanation about it. We shouldn’t have lost that game.”
John Wall added that the loss was “pretty devastating.”[NBA.com]