Skip to main content

With KAT out, Timberwolves can't upset Nets

D'Angelo Russell stepped up but couldn't overcome Brooklyn's firepower.
D'Angelo Russell

Playing without Karl-Anthony Towns, the Minnesota Timberwolves put up a fight against the Brooklyn Nets but came up short in a 110-105 loss on Friday night.

After learning that Towns wouldn't play after bruising his tailbone in Wednesday's loss to Washington, the Timberwolves built an 11 point lead in the first quarter but let Brooklyn get back into it thanks to a rash of turnovers.

The turnover bug specifically struck Anthony Edwards, who had eight of Minnesota's 18 turnovers on the night. Despite his struggles to hold onto the ball, he still scored 17 points and put on a show with a breakaway slam in the second quarter.

With Edwards unable to take over the game, the Timberwolves had to rely on others to step up in KAT's absence. That included Naz Reid, who got the start and put up 19 points and seven rebounds.

The Timberwolves also received a spark from D'Angelo Russell. While Russell scored a team-high 21 points against his former team, he also added 11 assists that kept Minnesota in the game.

Although the Nets held a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves battled back to make it a three-point game with under a minute to go.

In the end, the Nets had too much firepower. Patty Mills knocked down four 3-pointers on his way to a 23-point night and Kevin Durant put up a game-high 30 points including a step-back jumper with 11.1 seconds remaining to put the Timberwolves away.

The Timberwolves (11-12) will try to get back in the win column when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

Next Up

Dean Evason

Tempers flare as Wild hammer Canadiens

Montreal was anything but polite after the Wild picked up an 8-2 victory.

Blaine VFW video screengrab crop N West Twitter

Authorities now looking into MN lawmaker's report of assault

Video shows Rep. Nolan West being grabbed and pushed out of a public event.

TajPharmaImages WIkimedia Commons ivermectin

COVID treatments: Essentia Health to help test 3 existing meds

The clinical trial includes the much-discussed drug ivermectin.

Screen Shot 2022-01-24 at 3.48.57 PM

Suspect crashes into Minneapolis snow plow, fires shots at plow driver

The plow driver was pulled to the side of the road when the incident happened.

cold Minneapolis

Coldest day of the winter is possible this week in Minnesota

An air temp of -30F isn't out of the question too far from the metro.

polley freeborn county jail roster jan 2022 resize

District fires school counselor accused of sexually assaulting student

He's been charged with felony criminal sexual conduct.

Moorhead family

Authorities pinpoint source of CO that killed family of 7

The victims, all members of Hernandez-Pinto family, were found dead in a Moorhead home.

polymet mining

Court issues mixed ruling on PolyMet, orders more analysis on water permit

The court, however, overruled several challenges to the permit.

SPPD Kua person of interest 01-24-2022

Police release images of woman driving stolen Audi that had puppy inside

It's not clear whether she was involved in the vehicle theft.

J R Jones - Anoka County Jail 2021.10.16 - Resize crop

Fatal hit-and-run driver can avoid prison time with plea deal

He was charged with striking and killing a 56-year-old who was walking her dog.

Screen Shot 2022-01-24 at 11.21.49 AM

Alex Rodriguez: 'I'm not a Packers fan'

He was at Lambeau screaming "Cheese!" and "Let's go!" during the playoff game against the 49ers.

Related

D'Angelo Russell

D'Lo's late takeover helps Timberwolves win double-OT thriller

Russell caught fire to help the Timberwolves get back to .500.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns' return can't save Timberwolves from 7th straight loss

The Timberwolves star returned in an overtime loss to the Spurs.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves rout Magic after KAT’s emotional Mother’s Day moment

Towns' mother Jacqueline died from complications of COVID-19 last year.

Screen Shot 2021-01-18 at 3.17.49 PM

No KAT? No D'Lo? No problem as Timberwolves defeat Pelicans

The Timberwolves were without Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell but still picked up a 120-110 win.

Karl-Anthony Towns

KAT's 35 points can't overcome Wolves' shooting woes

The Wolves couldn't get their offense going in a loss to the Suns.

Anthony Edwards

Ant's 4th quarter takeover leads Timberwolves over Kings

The Timberwolves star erupted to lead a much-needed victory.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves hang on for another win in Utah

Anthony Edwards and D'Angelo Russell helped the Timberwolves to a 2-0 start.

Karl-Anthony Towns

KAT scores 40 to help Timberwolves bury Rockets

Minnesota's offense was on point for another victory in Houston.