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Minnesota 96, New Orleans 89
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 23, 2021
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials: #18 Matt Boland, #24 Kevin Scott, #50 Gediminas Petraitis
Attendance: 15343

Karl-Anthony Towns scored a team-high 25 points, Anthony Edwards finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves held on for a 96-89 win over the visiting New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

D'Angelo Russell and Naz Reid added 12 points apiece for Minnesota, which won its second game in a row to start the season. Patrick Beverley scored five points and dished six assists in his Timberwolves debut.

Brandon Ingram scored 30 points for the Pelicans, who remained winless after three games. Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker also notched a double-double with 14 points and 14 boards.

The Timberwolves entered the fourth quarter with a 69-67 lead. Pelicans rookie Trey Murphy III drained a 3-pointer to even the score at 67 with 37.5 seconds left, but Reid responded with a layup on the other end to give the Timberwolves a two-point lead going into the final 12 minutes.

Russell helped the Timberwolves hang on for the victory in the final minutes. He scored eight of his 12 points in the final 4:47, including a pair of 3-pointers and a fadeaway jump shot.

Minnesota led 54-41 at the half.

The Timberwolves opened the game on an 8-0 run thanks to 3-pointers by Edwards and Towns, in addition to a layup by Towns. The lead did not last for long as New Orleans responded with a 12-0 run to grab a four-point edge.

The Pelicans fell behind by as many as nine points later during the first quarter, but they cut the deficit to 28-27 entering the second quarter.

The score was even at 33 early in the second quarter when Minnesota went on a 13-0 run to go ahead by double digits. Edwards capped the scoring binge with a step-back 3-pointer, which followed a floating jump shot by Russell.

New Orleans rallied in the third quarter. Trailing by 10 points with 7:05 remaining in the period, the Pelicans went on a 10-0 run to even things up with 3:42 to go. Valanciunas had six points during the run, including a cutting layup off a feed from Herbert Jones.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
New Orleans   Minnesota
Brandon Ingram 30 Scoring Karl-Anthony Towns 25
Brandon Ingram 4 Assists Patrick Beverley 6
Jonas Valanciunas 17 Rebounds Anthony Edwards 9
Jonas Valanciunas 8 Free Throws Made Jordan McLaughlin 2
Jonas Valanciunas 3 Steals Naz Reid 3
Garrett Temple 2 Blocks Karl-Anthony Towns 3
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Orleans 89 34.8 9-40 18-23 15 61 5 10 30
Minnesota 96 40.6 12-38 6-10 22 47 8 13 20
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against New Orleans. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.