MINNEAPOLIS — D’Angelo Russell had 27 parts, 5 rebounds and 5 assists because the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a seven-game shedding drag with a 96-88 snatch Sunday over the San Antonio Spurs.
Russell scored eight of his parts in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer to tie the to find with 7: 02 left and two free throws to ice it with 31.5 seconds remaining. Russell and Malik Beasley, who added 24 parts, helped the Wolves salvage their first snatch since Dec. 26.
“I knowing we had a series of guys who simply purchased fed up with shedding at that level and shining that the defensive close became the build it became going to salvage performed,” said Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders.
With the to find tied at 81, Minnesota scored 5 straight parts and didn’t relinquish the lead. One amongst the splendid shots in the fourth quarter became a 3-pointer by forward Juancho Hernangómez, who had airballed his outdated two shots from 3-level differ earlier in the game.
Minnesota became playing without superstar important man Karl-Anthony Cities, who returned to action Saturday after missing six video games with a partial dislocation of his left wrist. Sunday’s absence became fragment of the concept to ease Cities aid in and no longer a result of any reaggravation of his atomize. Sunday’s snatch became Minnesota’s first without Cities this season.
The Spurs had been also without their leading scorer in DeMar DeRozan, who did no longer play as a result of deepest causes. DeRozan had 38 parts in Saturday’s further time snatch in opposition to Minnesota.
Lonnie Walker IV picked up the scoring slack with DeRozan out, with a season-high 25 parts to lead the Spurs. He paced the offense in the first half with 17 parts on 8-of-14 shooting.
“It’s been a incandescent flee right here on the road, nonetheless we simply ran out of gas,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “We hit a wall and couldn’t salvage through it.”
LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 parts for the Spurs, and Patty Mills scored 18.
Minnesota’s protection down the stretch became instrumental. This became the first time the Timberwolves had held an opponent to under 100 parts since Jan. 2, 2020.
“I felt adore defensively, the closing couple video games were lacking a spark,” said guard Josh Okogie, who returned to the ground Sunday after missing six video games with a strained left hamstring. “That’s simply why I tried to approach in right here and focal level my vitality on protection.”
Timberwolves forward Jarred Vanderbilt scored simply 5 parts off the bench Sunday, nonetheless his work on the glass got praise from his coach and teammates. Vanderbilt had a team-high eight rebounds in 19 minutes, incomes himself a comparison to some other somewhat incandescent rebounder.
“He’s adore Dennis Rodman for us,” Beasley said. “He does the soiled work.”
Spurs: Walker’s outdated season high became 16 parts in the season opener in opposition to Memphis. … Mills scored 13 of his 18 parts in the fourth quarter.
Timberwolves: Okogie returned to action Sunday after missing six video games with a hamstring atomize. He became on a minutes restriction and scored six parts in 20 minutes. … Rookie Anthony Edwards went scoreless on 0-for-8 shooting. He had a career-high 26 parts at Portland on Thursday.
Spurs: San Antonio performs in Oklahoma Metropolis on Tuesday in the ultimate game of its 5-game road outing.
Timberwolves: Minnesota hosts Memphis on Wednesday and would possibly possibly presumably play the Grizzlies twice in a 3-day span at Target Center.