Pelicans vs. Timberwolves – Game Recap – October 25, 2021


MINNEAPOLIS — — Brandon Ingram scored 27 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and a career-high 23 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped a season-opening three-game losing streak with a 107-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

Devonte’ Graham added 21 points for New Orleans, which was again without injured star Zion Williamson. Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 17 points for the Pelicans, who had a 21-point lead trimmed to four points late in the third quarter.

“To finally get one win, it’s refreshing,” said New Orleans coach Willie Green, who earned his first win as an NBA head coach. “You understand really quick how hard it is to win in this league.”

Minnesota had its two-game win streak halted as its offense failed to find a rhythm until Anthony Edwards got the offense and the crowd going by scoring 21 of his 28 points in the third.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and Patrick Beverly added 13 points off the bench.

“I felt like, for the most part, that our preparation, we kind of disrespected the game,” Beverly said. “That comes with time. You disrespect the game and the game will come back and get you, and it did tonight.”

A game after tying a franchise record with 30 turnovers, New Orleans was in sync early, using the extra pass to get its offense going. The Pelicans had eight assists as a team on their first nine baskets.

The Pelicans ended the first quarter on a 10-2 run to take control, and extended the run to 22-5 early in the second. The lead ballooned to 21 points before Edwards got involved.

“When you have 30 turnovers in a game, it’s going to be hard to beat anybody,” Graham said. “Take care of the ball. Seventeen (turnovers) is still a lot, but that’s a good defensive team. We just stuck with it.”

Much of New Orleans’ lead was built with Towns on the bench.

After fouling out in the first game between the teams on Saturday, Towns was called for an early technical foul. Shortly after, he was called for an illegal screen that sent him to the bench with two fouls. Coach Chris Finch picked up a technical foul in support of his center.

Even with Towns on the court, Minnesota’s offense was largely reduced to quick 3-pointers and one-and-done possessions with the Pelicans controlling the boards.

New Orleans outrebounded the Wolves 60-41.

Edwards, the electrifying second-year guard, was held to two points in the first half on two free throws. Edwards and D’Angelo Russell were a combined 1 for 14 in the half, while Minnesota shot 6 of 24 (25%) from long distance.

“I think we take a lot of possessions that didn’t need a shot, including myself,” Towns said. “Forced. It’s disappointing. We understand the magnitude of this game. We understood what the opponent was going to bring. But we just didn’t bring it.”

Ingram closed out the game with 18 points in the second half, including a big dunk in transition that helped halt Minnesota’s momentum.

TAKING SOME TIME

Part of his career-best rebounding performance, Valanciunas also had nine offensive rebounds. He played 39:19 and ended up taking a timeout in the fourth to get a rest.

“I’ve had several talks with him and I told him, ‘We just going to ride you, big fella.’,” Green said. “He actually called a timeout on his own because he was so tired. I just looked at him, I said, ‘Just sit down the whole three minutes and get back on the floor, we got to finish the game.’ But he’s a warrior.”

DUG TOO DEEP

Edwards’ run helped Minnesota get back in the game, but the early deficit was too large.

Edwards hit a 3 with 8:33 left in the third for his first field goal and quickly added a layup in transition to provide a much-needed jolt for the Wolves. His thunderous dunk over New Orleans forward Trey Murphy III brought the crowd to its feet.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Josh Hart missed his second straight game with right quadriceps tendinosis. Second-round rookie Herbert Jones made his second straight start and was scoreless. … Williamson remains out with a right foot fracture, and Daulton Hommes was inactive with right peroneal soreness. … New Orleans finished with 20 turnovers, leading to 23 points for Minnesota.

Timberwolves: With Russell going 1 of 8 from 3-point range, Minnesota finished 15 of 50 (30%) from beyond the arc. Russell finished with nine points on 3-of-14 shooting. … The Wolves shot 34.4% (31 for 90) from the field.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Return home following a three-game road trip to face Atlanta on Wednesday.

Timberwolves: Travel to Milwaukee for their first road game of the season on Wednesday.

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Minnesota had its two-game win streak halted as its offense failed to find a rhythm until Anthony Edwards got the offense and the crowd going by scoring 21 of his 28 points in the third.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and Patrick Beverly added 13 points off the bench.

A game after tying a franchise record with 30 turnovers, New Orleans was in sync early, using the extra pass to get its offense going. The Pelicans had eight assists as a team on their first nine baskets.

The Pelicans ended the first quarter on a 10-2 run to take control, and extended the run to 22-5 early in the second. The lead ballooned to 21 points before Edwards got involved.

Much of New Orleans’ lead was built with Towns on the bench.

After fouling out in the first game between the teams on Saturday, Towns was called for an early technical foul. Shortly after, he was called for an illegal screen that sent him to the bench with two fouls. Coach Chris Finch picked up a technical foul in support of his center.

Even with Towns on the court, Minnesota’s offense was largely reduced to quick 3-pointers and one-and-done possessions with the Pelicans controlling the boards.

New Orleans outrebounded the Wolves 60-41.

Edwards, the electrifying second-year guard, was held to two points in the first half on two free throws. Edwards and D’Angelo Russell were a combined 1 for 14 in the half, while Minnesota shot 6 of 24 (25%) from long distance.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Josh Hart missed his second straight game with right quadriceps tendinosis. Second-round rookie Herbert Jones made his second straight start and was scoreless. … Williamson remains out with a right foot fracture, and Daulton Hommes was inactive with right peroneal soreness. … New Orleans finished with 20 turnovers, leading to 23 points for Minnesota.

Timberwolves: With Russell going 1 of 8 from 3-point range, Minnesota finished 15 of 50 (30%) from beyond the arc. Russell finished with nine points on 3-of-14 shooting. … The Wolves shot 34.4% (31 for 90) from the field.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Return home following three-game road trip to face Atlanta on Wednesday.

Timberwolves: Travel to Milwaukee for their first road game of the season on Wednesday.

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Pelicans snap 3-game skid with 107-98 win over Timberwolves


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored 27 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 23 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped a season-opening three-game losing streak with a 107-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

Devonte’ Graham added 21 points for New Orleans, which was again without injured star Zion Williamson. Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 17 points for the Pelicans, who had a 21-point lead trimmed to four points late in the third quarter.

Minnesota had its two-game win streak halted as its offense failed to find a rhythm until Anthony Edwards got the offense and the crowd going by scoring 21 of his 28 points in the third.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and Patrick Beverly added 13 points off the bench.

A game after tying a franchise record with 30 turnovers, New Orleans was in sync early, using the extra pass to get its offense going. The Pelicans had eight assists as a team on their first nine baskets.

The Pelicans ended the first quarter on a 10-2 run to take control, and extended the run to 22-5 early in the second. The lead ballooned to 21 points before Edwards got involved.

Much of New Orleans’ lead was built with Towns on the bench.

After fouling out in the first game between the teams on Saturday, Towns was called for an early technical foul. Shortly after, he was called for an illegal screen that sent him to the bench with two fouls. Coach Chris Finch picked up a technical foul in support of his center.

Even with Towns on the court, Minnesota’s offense was largely reduced to quick 3-pointers and one-and-done possessions with the Pelicans controlling the boards.

New Orleans outrebounded the Wolves 60-41.

Edwards, the electrifying second-year guard, was held to two points in the first half on two free throws. Edwards and D’Angelo Russell were a combined 1 for 14 in the half, while Minnesota shot 6 of 24 (25%) from long distance.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Josh Hart missed his second straight game with right quadriceps tendinosis. Second-round rookie Herbert Jones made his second straight start and was scoreless. … Williamson remains out with a right foot fracture, and Daulton Hommes was inactive with right peroneal soreness. … New Orleans finished with 20 turnovers, leading to 23 points for Minnesota.

Timberwolves: With Russell going 1 of 8 from 3-point range, Minnesota finished 15 of 50 (30%) from beyond the arc. Russell finished with nine points on 3-of-14 shooting. … The Wolves shot 34.4% (31 for 90) from the field.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Return home following three-game road trip to face Atlanta on Wednesday.

Timberwolves: Travel to Milwaukee for their first road game of the season on Wednesday.

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New Orleans Pelicans (0-2, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (1-0, fifth in the Western Conference)

Minneapolis; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT

LINE: Timberwolves -6.5; over/under is 227.5

BOTTOM LINE: The Minnesota Timberwolves host the New Orleans Pelicans.

Minnesota went 15-27 in Western Conference games and 13-23 at home during the 2020-21 season. The Timberwolves averaged 8.8 steals, 5.5 blocks and 13.7 turnovers per game last season.

New Orleans went 31-41 overall and 18-24 in Western Conference play during the 2020-21 season. The Pelicans averaged 26.0 assists per game on 42.5 made field goals last season.

INJURIES: Timberwolves: None listed.

Pelicans: Josh Hart: out (quad), Zion Williamson: out (foot).


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Tatum, Celtics cruise to 124-108 win over Timberwolves


Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 24 points and 14 rebounds. It was his 27th game of the year with 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds. Rookie Anthony Edwards scored 23 points in the loss.

Boston’s Kemba Walker (neck), Tristan Thompson (pectoral), Marcus Smart (calf) and Robert Williams (toe) were all sidelined against Minnesota.

The Celtics connected on 13 of 30 shots from the arc in the first half to build a 66-47 halftime lead. Minnesota was just 2 of 17 from deep in the first two quarters, with its starting lineup going 0 of 14 from 3-point range.

Minnesota trailed by as many as 23. The Wolves cut the Celtics lead to 11 midway through the fourth quarter on an Edwards 3-point play but never got closer.

KG’S TEAMS FACE OFF

On the day when Kevin Garnett was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, two of his former teams faced off — and shared — memories about the talented big man.

Current Celtics coach Brad Stevens took the job the year after Garnett left Boston for Brooklyn. The two were the same year in high school and Stevens first saw Garnett play in an AAU tournament.

“When he walked out on that court and I watched him running up and down that court, I was like, ‘Oh my goodness,'” Stevens said. “He was the best kid in our class, obviously.”

Garnett spent his first 12 seasons with the Wolves and was traded to Boston before the 2007-08 season. Garnett helped lead the Celtics to an NBA title in his first year with the team.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Williams did not travel with the team and also will not play Sunday at the Knicks, Stevens said. … Center Luke Kornet made his first start of the season.

Timberwolves: Head coach Chris Finch said guard Malik Beasley won’t play in Sunday’s season finale. Beasley has been sidelined with a left hamstring strain since April 3.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Boston’s regular season ends with a game Sunday in New York against the Knicks, less than 24 hours after Saturday’s game in Minnesota.

Timberwolves: Minnesota closes out its season by hosting the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at Target Center.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 26 points and 11 rebounds as the short-handed Boston Celtics cruised to a 124-108…

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 26 points and 11 rebounds as the short-handed Boston Celtics cruised to a 124-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

Evan Fournier added 18 points and was 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Six Celtics scored in double-figures as Boston snapped its four-game losing streak.

The Celtics can’t improve their playoff positioning in their final two games but want to head into the postseason on a high note.

“It’s always important to play well, always,” Fournier said. “It doesn’t matter who you’re playing against, what the circumstances are.”

Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 24 points and 14 rebounds. It was his 27th game of the year with 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds. Rookie Anthony Edwards scored 23 points in the loss.

The Wolves have lost two straight games by double digits heading into Sunday’s season finale.

“I thought we wasted a day,” Towns said.

Minnesota trailed by as many as 23. The Wolves cut the Celtics lead to 11 midway through the fourth quarter on an Edwards three-point play but never got closer.

Boston coach Brad Stevens put Tatum and Fournier back into the game in the fourth when Minnesota trimmed the lead to 11.

“We needed to feel good,” Stevens said. “I thought it was really important when we step on this plane today to feel a little bit better about the win with the right mentality.”

Boston’s Kemba Walker (neck), Tristan Thompson (pectoral), Marcus Smart (calf) and Robert Williams (toe) were all sidelined against Minnesota.

The Celtics connected on 13 of 30 shots from the arc in the first half to build a 66-47 halftime lead. Minnesota was just 2 of 17 from deep in the first two quarters, with its starting lineup going 0 of 14 from 3-point range.

The Wolves shot 13.5 percent (5 of 37) from deep for the game, its worst percentage of the season.

“It doesn’t look like they’re locked in to finish the season the way we wanted to,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said.

KG’S TEAMS FACE OFF

On the day when Kevin Garnett was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, two of his former teams faced off — and shared — memories about the talented big man.

Stevens took the Celtics job the year after Garnett left Boston for Brooklyn. The two were the same year in high school and Stevens first saw Garnett play in an AAU tournament.

“When he walked out on that court and I watched him running up and down that court, I was like, ‘Oh my goodness,’” Stevens said. “He was the best kid in our class, obviously.”

Garnett spent his first 12 seasons with the Wolves and was traded to Boston before the 2007-08 season. Garnett helped lead the Celtics to an NBA title in his first year with the team.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Williams did not travel with the team and also will not play Sunday at the Knicks, Stevens said. … Center Luke Kornet made his first start of the season.

Timberwolves: Head coach Chris Finch said guard Malik Beasley won’t play in Sunday’s season finale. Beasley has been sidelined with a left hamstring strain since April 3.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Boston’s regular season ends with a game Sunday in New York against the Knicks, less than 24 hours after Saturday’s game in Minnesota.

Timberwolves: Minnesota closes out its season by hosting the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at Target Center.

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Minnesota Timberwolves at Detroit Pistons odds, picks and prediction


The Minnesota Timberwolves (21-47) travel to meet the Detroit Pistons (20-49) Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Timberwolves vs. Pistons odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

The Timberwolves slapped the brakes on a three-game losing streak with a 128-96 win over the Orlando Magic last time out, covering a 7.5-point number. The 96 points allowed tied their lowest yielded since Feb. 19, when they were beaten 86-81.

The Pistons have had difficulty scoring lately, going for 112 or fewer points in 10 straight outings. They’re averaging just 100.0 PPG in the past two, and they have hit the Under in seven of the previous 10 games.

Timberwolves at Pistons: Odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line : Timberwolves -300 (bet $300 to win $100) | Pistons +230 (bet $100 to win $230)
  • Against the spread/ATS : Timberwolves -7 (-110) | Pistons +7 (-110)
  • Over/Under : 227.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Timberwolves at Pistons: Key injuries

Timberwolves

  • SG Malik Beasley (hamstring) out
  • SG Jarrett Culver (ankle) out
  • PF Juancho Hernangomez (quadriceps) questionable
  • SF Jaden McDaniels (personal) questionable

Pistons

  • PG Hamidou Diallo (personal) out
  • SG Wayne Ellington (calf) out
  • SF Jerami Grant (knee) out
  • PG Frank Jackson (ankle) questionable
  • SG Jaren Jackson Jr. (teeth) questionable
  • PG Cory Joseph (ankle) questionable
  • SG Rodney McGruder (elbow) out
  • PG Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) out

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Timberwolves at Pistons: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Timberwolves 122, Pistons 111

Money line (ML)

The Timberwolves (-300) will cost you three times your potential return, and that’s just way too expensive on a team with a similar record that is playing on the road.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The TIMBERWOLVES -7 (-110) are worth a look laying the touchdown on the road. The Pistons +7 (-110) have really struggled lately, winning just twice in the past 10, while covering in three of those outings. Detroit has a laundry list of injuries, and you need to roll with the healthier team, and that’s Minny.

Over/Under (O/U)

OVER 227.5 (-110) is the play, as Minnesota has been piling up the points lately while allowing plenty, too. With the exception of its last time out in Orlando, when they won 128-96, they had allowed an average of 128.5 PPG in their prior four outings, all Over results. Detroit likely won’t come close to that kind of production, but they’ll go well over the century mark.

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Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves odds, picks and prediction


The Golden State Warriors (31-31) travel to meet the Minnesota Timberwolves (19-44) Thursday at Target Center. Tip-off is set for a 8 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Warriors-Timberwolves odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

The Warriors were bounced 133-103 at home against the Dallas Mavericks. They were pretty solid in their last foray away from home, going 3-2 SU/ATS in their five-game road trip from April 14-21.

The Timberwolves have registered three straight victories, including a home-and-home sweep of the Utah Jazz April 24-26. They’re 4-0-1 ATS across the pat five outings overall, too.

Warriors at Timberwolves: Odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line : Warriors -200 (bet $200 to win $100) | Timberwolves +170 (bet $100 to win $170)
  • Against the spread/ATS : Warriors -5.5 (-110) | Timberwolves +5.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under : 235.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Warriors at Timberwolves: Key injuries

Warriors

  • SG Kent Bazemore (illness) probable
  • SF Damion Lee (toe) out
  • SF Kelly Oubre Jr. (wrist) doubtful
  • PF Eric Paschall (hip) out
  • SG Klay Thompson (Achilles) out
  • C James Wiseman (knee) out

Timberwolves

  • SG Malik Beasley (hamstring) out

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Warriors at Timberwolves: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Warriors 121, Timberwolves 110

Money line (ML)

The Warriors (-200) will cost you two times per potential return against the Timberwolves (+170). While GSW won both games of the back-to-back set in San Francisco Jan. 25-27 by an average of 17.0 PPG, look to the spread instead.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The WARRIORS -5.5 (-110) won 130-108 at home against the Timberwolves +5 (-110) by a 130-108 score Jan. 25, and they rolled to a 123-111 win Jan. 27. Golden State is 4-1 ATS across the past five meetings overall.

Over/Under (O/U)

UNDER 235.5 (-110) is the play here, hitting in 27 of the past 39 meetings overall and 16-5 in the past 21 meetings in the Twin Cities. The trends also point to the Under due to Golden State going 14-5 across the past 19 on the road, too.

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Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves odds, picks and prediction


The Golden State Warriors (31-31) travel to meet the Minnesota Timberwolves (19-44) Thursday at Target Center. Tip-off is set for a 8 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Warriors-Timberwolves odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

The Warriors were bounced 133-103 at home against the Dallas Mavericks. They were pretty solid in their last foray away from home, going 3-2 SU/ATS in their five-game road trip from April 14-21.

The Timberwolves have registered three straight victories, including a home-and-home sweep of the Utah Jazz April 24-26. They’re 4-0-1 ATS across the pat five outings overall, too.

Warriors at Timberwolves: Odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line : Warriors -200 (bet $200 to win $100) | Timberwolves +170 (bet $100 to win $170)
  • Against the spread/ATS : Warriors -5.5 (-110) | Timberwolves +5.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under : 235.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Warriors at Timberwolves: Key injuries

Warriors

  • SG Kent Bazemore (illness) probable
  • SF Damion Lee (toe) out
  • SF Kelly Oubre Jr. (wrist) doubtful
  • PF Eric Paschall (hip) out
  • SG Klay Thompson (Achilles) out
  • C James Wiseman (knee) out

Timberwolves

  • SG Malik Beasley (hamstring) out

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Warriors at Timberwolves: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Warriors 121, Timberwolves 110

Money line (ML)

The Warriors (-200) will cost you two times per potential return against the Timberwolves (+170). While GSW won both games of the back-to-back set in San Francisco Jan. 25-27 by an average of 17.0 PPG, look to the spread instead.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The WARRIORS -5.5 (-110) won 130-108 at home against the Timberwolves +5 (-110) by a 130-108 score Jan. 25, and they rolled to a 123-111 win Jan. 27. Golden State is 4-1 ATS across the past five meetings overall.

Over/Under (O/U)

UNDER 235.5 (-110) is the play here, hitting in 27 of the past 39 meetings overall and 16-5 in the past 21 meetings in the Twin Cities. The trends also point to the Under due to Golden State going 14-5 across the past 19 on the road, too.

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Jazz vs. Timberwolves – Game Recap – April 26, 2021


MINNEAPOLIS — — D’Angelo Russell had a season-high seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to beat the Utah Jazz 105-104 on Monday night.

Mike Conley gave Utah a 104-103 lead with 6.4 seconds left, but Ricky Rubio found Russell for a layup on the ensuing possession. Conley then lost the ball in a scramble on the Jazz’s final possession as time expired.

“We got the job done,” Towns said. “Our physicality was there. The discipline was there. Execution was there. The defensive effort keeping them to 104 points tonight. I think last game it was 98, I believe. You can’t ask for much more on the defensive end.”

Minnesota, which started the day tied for the second-fewest wins in the NBA, handed the league-leading Jazz another loss. The Timberwolves (18-44) went 3-0 against Utah (44-17) this season.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time in NBA history a team with a win percentage below .300 swept a series of at least three games against a team with a win percentage of at least .700.

Anthony Edwards added 14 points for Minnesota, which has won four of its last six games.

“We’re building, gives us something to build on,” Russell said. “We got all the excuses in the world to say why we’re not what we’re supposed to be. But just the taste of us winning here and there, us executing down the stretch, something to build on, just taking those small positives out of each game, especially when we win.”

Conley had 26 points and Rudy Gobert added 18 points for Utah. The Jazz, playing their fifth straight game without leading scorer Donovan Mitchell, have lost three of five.

Utah shot 38.9% from the field and 16 of 57 (28.1%) from 3-point range against Minnesota.

“I don’t know if concern would be the word that I would choose to use, but certainly you want to win,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “I’d be concerned if we didn’t compete. I’d like to have executed better on the two possessions. But again, that’s something we have to do the same way I mentioned the other night; we have to rebound and we have to take care of the ball.”

The Jazz looked set to avenge a 101-96 loss to the Wolves in Utah on Saturday. They closed the first quarter on a 30-12 run and led by 18 points early in the second period.

Then, just like it did Saturday, Minnesota came back in the second.

Russell got the cold-shooting Wolves started. He scored 15 points in the second and hit six 3s in the first half. He connected on three straight from beyond the arc to finish off a 32-9 run that gave Minnesota the lead.

The Wolves led by as many as 13 in the fourth before the Jazz closed strong.

“It’s never going to be all good and all bad,” Gobert said. “We just got to find ways to put ourself in position to win every night. I thought we did that tonight. I thought we did that last game.”

TIP-INS

Jazz: Mitchell missed his fifth straight game with a right ankle sprain. Utah is 5-3 without Mitchell this season. … Joe Ingles started the day with a league-best 48.7% shooting percentage from 3. He finished 3 of 13 from beyond the arc on Monday.

Timberwolves: Russell’s six 3s tied a franchise record for most 3s in a half. The franchise record for made 3-pointers in a game is eight, last done by Kevin Love in 2013. … Minnesota came back from down 17 points on Saturday in Utah, its third-largest comeback of the season. The Wolves have come back from at least 15 points five times since the All-Star break.

RUSSELL’S RETURN

Russell missed two months as he recovered from knee surgery and he’s come off the bench since his return. In the 12 games since returning, Russell is scoring 20 points per game. He’s shooting 48.5% from the field and 44.7% from 3.

His 20 points and 11 assists on Monday make him the third Wolves player to have a 20-point, 10-assist game off the bench.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Continue their three-game trip on Wednesday at Sacramento.

Timberwolves: Travel to Houston to finish a back-to-back on Tuesday.

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