The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 106-105 in a thrilling game on Saturday night at the Moda Center.
The win seemed to be in the bag for the Portland Trail Blazers after Damian Lillard made a three-point shot and a free-throw with 3.5 seconds left to give the team a one-point lead, 105-104.
After a timeout, Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns answered an impressive hook shot with 1.8 seconds left to give the Timberwolves back the lead.
Karl-Anthony Town scored 27 points and nine rebounds and Andrew Wiggins added 23 points for the Timberwolves while Damian Lillard finished a game-high 31 points and seven assists and C.J. McCollum added 21 points and seven assists for the Blazers.
“Because we probably didn’t deserve to win, we didn’t,” Lillard said via Oregonlive.com. “A play like that happens at the end, but I think it’s so much bigger than that play.”
With their win over the Trail Blazers, Timberwolves ended an eight-game losing streak in Portland.
Towns has been leading Minnesota Timberwolves all season. He has an average of 18.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1,7 blocks. Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Sam Mitchell said that 2015 1st pick Towns is a potential candidate for rookie of the year this season.
Here are some of the game highlights between Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers:
With their loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Portland Trail Blazers no longer control their own destiny in race for the Western Conference’s fifth seed. The Blazers can secure the sixth seed with a win against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, but need the Dallas Mavericks to lose just one game in order to move back into fifth.
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