Last night’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves would mark the first of two games that these teams will play against each other. The Heat was trying to avoid a third straight loss as they try to recover from the loss they took in the hands of the Boston Celtics. The Minnesota team, on the other hand, are trying to get a winning streak going as they come fresh off a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Timberwolves were without Cole Aldrich (coach’s decision) for this game, along with Aaron Brooks (coach’s decision), Marcus Georges-Hunt (coach’s decision), Anthony Brown, and Justin Patton (toe). The Heat would play without Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision), Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision), A.J. Hammons, Matt Williams, Derrick Walton, Rodney McGruder (leg), and Hassan Whiteside (knee). Both teams would try to battle hard as the Heat hosted the Timberwolves at the American Airlines Arena.
The Miami Heat would end up shooting fifty-eight from the field in the first quarter while holding the Timberwolves to forty-one percent. Goran Dragic heated up for ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds as former Thunder guard Dion Waiters scored six points to go along with the two defensive rebounds and one assist that he recorded.
Josh Richardson was limited to just forty percent shooting from the field as he earned five points with three coming from beyond the arc. Bam Adebayo only dropped three points but he did manage to grab three offensive rebounds and one rebound. James Johnson was held to just two free-throws but would collect five defensive rebounds.
As for the Minnesota team, Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up seven points which would include one three-pointer. He also pulled down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds as he shot seventy-five percent from the field. Jeff Teague played for ten minutes in the quarter as he scored seven points, collecting three of them from behind the arc. He would also record two defensive rebounds and two assists while Nemanja Bjelica came off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer. Andrew Wiggins was held to two points in the twelve minutes that he played as the Heat walked into the second quarter with a 32-23 advantage.
The Timberwolves would have something to say about that in the second quarter as they shot sixty-four percent from the field while the Florida team shot fifty-nine percent. Wiggins would make up for last quarter as he starts to warm up for seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He ended up knocking down a three-pointer in the process while Towns also shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.
Towns collected five points in the eight minutes that he played while pulling down one offensive and two defensive rebounds. Jimmy Butler played for seven minutes as he chalked up five points along with one rebound and one assist. Teague was held to just two points but did manage to get off three assists.
On the other end of the court, Kelly Olynyk would come off of the bench to drop nine points which included one three-pointer. He also was able to pull down three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists. Dragic shot sixty-seven percent from the field but was only held to six points, three from beyond the arc and one from the free-throw line.
Justise Winslow shot a perfect one-hundred from the field as he scores six points while collecting two defensive rebounds. Dion Waiters ended up shooting fifty percent from the field but was held to only four points. Adebayo would settle for two points and three offensive rebounds as the Miami Heat went into halftime with a close 62-60 lead.
During the third quarter, the Heat ended up shooting forty-four percent from the field as the Timberwolves were held to twenty-nine percent. Bam Adebayo shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scored seven points and collected two rebounds. Okaro White would come off of the bench to put up five points as he shot one-hundred percent from the field. Three of those points came from beyond the arc as Tyler Johnson was limited to four points, two coming from the charity stripe.
On the other end of the court, Taj Gibson warmed up with seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He also collected two defensive rebounds while Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up five points, three of which came from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line. Andrew Wiggins shot only twenty percent while collecting four points and four rebounds but it was the home team who ended the third with an 82-79 lead.
The last quarter would be held closely as the Miami Heat shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Minnesota Timberwolves shot forty-one percent. Dion Waiters would continue to impress as he posts up fourteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field. Kelly Olynyk ended up shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning nine points in return. He connected for a three-pointer in the process of grabbing one defensive rebound. Winslow would gather up two defensive rebounds and two points while Adebayo took a free-throw and three rebounds.
As for the Minnesota team, Jamal Crawford came off of the bench to drop eight points, earning three of them from behind the three-point line. Jeff Teague chalked up seven points with three of them coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line. Wiggins collected six points on fifty percent shooting from the field while Butler would be held to just four free-throws. Towns was held scoreless but he did manage to gobble up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.
With only thirty seconds left in the game, the score would be 110 to 106 in the Timberwolves’ favor. Dion Waiters would go to the line off of a foul by Jimmy Butler and nail two free-throws to make the score 110 to 108. With three seconds left in the game, Waiters would make a driving layup to tie the game up at 110, forcing overtime.
The overtime period would be held closely as the Timberwolves shot fifty-seven percent while the Heat shot fifty percent. Waiters ended up shooting only forty-three percent from the field but was able to score seven points in return. He committed one steal while Olynyk knocked down one three-pointer. Goran Dragic was held scoreless but did pull down two rebounds.
The Timberwolves would finish things off in overtime, though, as Teague recorded seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line. Wiggins would be held to just three free-throws while Towns knocked down one three-pointer. Butler was limited to just two points as the Minnesota team pull away with a 125 to 122 win. Jeff Teague finished the game with twenty-three points, five rebounds, eleven assists, and six steals (tying his career-high). Dion Waiter would finish with thirty-three points (tying his career-high), five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.