D’Angelo Russell scored a winning layup in the dying seconds and finished with 27 points off the bench to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Utah Jazz, 105-104, Monday night in Minneapolis.
It was Minnesota’s second consecutive victory over the Jazz (44-17) in three days. The only good news for Utah in that three-day span is that they became the first team to land a playoff berth after Sunday’s action.
That win had some similarities to Saturday’s win in Salt Lake City, with Minnesota falling 18 points behind (17 on Saturday) but then rallying to take the lead midway through the contest and then stand to beat the leader. of the Jazz league.
What a night for D’Angelo Russell in the @Timberwolves W!
❄️ 27 PTS
❄️ 7 3 p.m., 12 AST
❄️ Winning bucket pic.twitter.com/fRXVeR9E4G
– NBA (@NBA) April 27, 2021
Once again, All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell did not play due to a sprained ankle.
Karl-Anthony Towns added 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Anthony Edwards and Juancho Hernangomez each scored 14. Naz Reid had 13 points as the Timberwolves (18-44) swept the Jazz 3-0 in their series. of the season. Edwards added nine rebounds.
Mike Conley led the Jazz with 26 points and was positioned to be the hero of the game after hitting a 3-point green light, but the game’s wild finish had more twists and turns. Russell took advantage of a failed defensive assignment by the Jazz, placing the Timberwolves by one with a wide open layup with just 4.2 seconds left.
Conley then lost the ball after the timeout and the Timberwolves took the win with a steal from Jaden McDaniels.
Ersan Ilyasova gave Jazz their biggest lead at 35-17, but Hernangomez then started a 7-0 run. The Jazz went four minutes without a scoring in the second quarter, and Minnesota finally passed them on a 12-0 push topped by a 3-point Russell.
In the fourth, Reid gave the Timberwolves a 12-point lead with a three-point game at 9:24 before Utah rallied to make things interesting.
Led by 10, the Jazz used a 10-0 run with a pair of Rudy Gobert dunks and Georges Niang and Conley’s 3s to tie at 97-97.
Russell then hit a 3 and Edwards made a layup for a seemingly secure 102-97 lead.
Conley found Gobert for an alley-oop dunk to do it 102-100 with 18.9 seconds remaining, then, after Towns made just one of two free throws, Conley split a pair of gifts before grab the ball and hit its clutch 3.
Gobert finished with 18 points, five rebounds and three blocks, Niang had 14 points and Jordan Clarkson had 13 points despite 5 of 20 shots.
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