MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns came back from a tough two games with a career-high 33 points and 14 rebounds in the playoffs, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves move past their Game 3 slump to a 119-118 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night to even the first-round series at 2-2.
Anthony Edwards scored 24 points and backup Jordan McLaughlin went 4-for-4 from 3-point range to throw on 16 points as the Timberwolves relentlessly attacked the basket and went 31-for-40 from the foul line.
The series returns to Memphis for Game 5 on Tuesday night.
Desmond Bane, who hit his eighth 3-pointer at the buzzer to finish with 34 points, and Dillon Brooks with 24 points helped the Grizzlies continue another quiet night for star point guard Ja Morant. Morant went 4 for 13 from the floor and had 11 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds.
Jaren Jackson Jr. fouled with seven runs, and 25 of the Grizzlies’ 33 fouls were called their starters.
Towns, who took four shots and had just eight points in Game 3, made 14 of 17 free throws and was the catalyst in the streak with 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Patrick Beverley missed two free throws with 43 seconds left. As Wolves led 115-110, Morant responded with a lay-up and Edwards missed a pull-up 3. But Tyus Jones lost his 3-pointer with 10.5 seconds remaining, and Edwards grabbed the rebound . He sank both free throws as the crowd chanted, “Wolves in six! Wolves in six!
McLaughlin’s top 3 put Minnesota ahead in the second quarter to start a 17-1 run that peaked with a 50-35 lead – the biggest of the night that was quickly reduced by the Grizzles to one. figure.
Wolves might have done better to play a closer game this time, after their pair of 25-point advantages in Game 3 went to waste.
Two other animal rights protesters tried to stop the game in the third quarter. A woman jumped over the seats of Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and his wife, Becky, before being tackled by security and carried away. Her mate stayed behind the Taylors and next to the second row of Timberwolves assistant coaches, who helped security fight her off.
The group protested the way a chicken farm part of Taylor’s business allegedly handled an outbreak of bird flu. The highly contagious virus has killed around 28 million poultry.
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