Without Karl-Anthony Towns in the lineup, the Wolves ended their losing streak at eight games.
The nation's top recruit, Paige Bueckers, didn't disappoint.
The Timberwolves led by as many as 18, but fell for the 15th time in the past 16 games.
As Josh Okogie put it: "What a week."
Minnesota led by as many as 17 points in the first half.
Minnesota opens the season at Brooklyn Wednesday night.
The Timberwolves need to avoid falling into a bad situation with their superstar.
Okogie got extended playing time because of an injury to Andrew Wiggins.
Thibodeau doesn't usually play rookies much, but maybe he will now.
He didn't shoot well but he was stout defensively.
Bates-Diop was thought to have been a first-round talent.