Towns Scores 24, Helps Timberwolves Beat Heat 119-111 – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami / AP) – Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points, eight of them in the fourth quarter before the foul, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 119-111 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night.

Ricky Rubio added 17 points and Naz Reid scored 16 off the bench as Minnesota scored seven players in double digits to break 21 turnovers. The Cities made a 22-6 run in the middle of run four when the Timberwolves pulled back.

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After consecutive home defeats of at least 25 points to Brooklyn and Milwaukee, Minnesota met another Eastern Conference playoff contender. The Timberwolves were strong, winning for the second time in six games, one stretch against all of the Eastern teams.

Jimmy Butler had 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, but Miami lost their third game in a row and everyone hit the streets. Trevor Ariza hit a season high of 21 points for the Heat, which started the seventh night in the East and a half game ahead of Charlotte.

Miami seemed ready to drive the Wolves away, the worst team in the west at the start of the day. The Heat finished the third quarter 15-5, leading by five points, with Goran Dragic hitting a 3-pointer.

The cities didn’t make Minnesota go away. He finished the crucial run in the fourth quarter on a low 3 and walked three fingers back onto the pitch to the crowd in the hometown.

TIP-INS

Heat: G Victor Oladipo missed his fourth straight game with pain in his right knee. … Butler, the former Timberwolves star who forced his way out with a trade, was booed loudly when he touched the ball for the first time from the limited fans in attendance. … Butler had multiple steals for the ninth consecutive year, set a franchise record, and extended the longest run of his career. Sherman Douglas had eight such games in a row in 1990.

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Timberwolves: G Jaylen Nowell missed the game with a bruise to his right tibia. Towns added 3 to 70 more games to its franchise, the longest run 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. The NBA record for a rookie is 31 direct games by Chris Paul between 2005 and 2006.

SHARED FUNDRAISER

The Timberwolves and Heat agreed to auction their “With Freedom and Justice FOR ALL” warm-up shirt to raise money for the Daunte Wright Memorial Fund. Wright was the black man who was fatally shot and killed by a police officer in a nearby suburb on April 11.

The Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks – the two previous teams to play in Minnesota – as well as the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx joined in. Each shirt is signed by the players. The auction took place at the same time as the game on Friday on the Timberwolves website.

NEXT

Heat: Host the nets on Sunday.

Timberwolves: Travel to Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Sunday.

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