National Basketball Association
Minnesota 135, Washington 130
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 9, 2019
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
#42 Eric Lewis, #77 Karl Lane, #62 JB DeRosa
Karl-Anthony Towns collected 40 points and 16 rebounds before exiting with a right knee injury on Saturday, but the host Minnesota Timberwolves rallied for a 135-130 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards in Minneapolis.
Towns, who left in the final minute of regulation and did not play in overtime, reached the 40-point plateau for the third time in five games. The two-time All-Star fell just shy of his season high of 42 points, set in Minnesota's 122-115 setback to Indiana on Feb. 28.
Derrick Rose scored 16 of his 29 points after the third quarter for the Timberwolves, who have won two of three following a 135-121 loss to Washington on Sunday.
Bradley Beal, who finished with 36 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, made a curious decision by making an uncontested layup with 3.5 seconds remaining in regulation with the Wizards trailing 119-116. Rose sank a pair of free throws, but Beal calmly sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Rose drilled a jumper and Taj Gibson followed his miss with a tip-in to give Minnesota a 129-125 lead with 1:08 remaining in overtime.
Gibson recorded 15 points and 13 rebounds and Keita Bates-Diop chipped in with a season-high 12 points while making his first NBA start in place of Andrew Wiggins, who sat out with a left quad contusion.
Trevor Ariza had seven 3-pointers and finished with 27 points for the Wizards, who have dropped seven of their last 10 overall and fell to 8-27 on the road.
Towns drained a 3-pointer to give the Timberwolves a 110-107 lead with six minutes remaining, the team's first since a 7-5 advantage early in the first quarter.
Beal sank three free throws and a pair of jumpers to tie the contest three more times before Towns answered with a jumper to give Minnesota a 116-114 advantage with two minutes remaining.
Bates-Diop scored seven points during the Timberwolves' 15-5 surge to begin the third quarter to trim their deficit to one at 76-75. Jeff Teague forged a tie at 84 with a step-back 3-pointer, but Ariza answered with a 3-pointer of his own and Jeff Green converted a three-point play to give Washington a six-point advantage.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Bradley Beal 36
Karl-Anthony Towns 40
Tomas Satoransky 11
Jeff Teague 8
Bobby Portis 12
Karl-Anthony Towns 15
Bradley Beal 8
||Free Throws Made
Karl-Anthony Towns 6
Jeff Green 3
Karl-Anthony Towns 2
Bradley Beal 1
Josh Okogie 1
Team Stats Summary
Minnesota will play their next game at home against New York. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .467 after a win and .472 after a loss.
Washington will play their next game at home against Sacramento. The Wizards have a W/L % of .357 after a win and .447 after a loss.