NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jaylen Nowell hit six 3-pointers on his arrangement to a career-most effective 28 points, high total draft need Anthony Edwards scored 27 points, and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied from an early 16-point deficit to rout the New Orleans Pelicans 135-105 on Thursday night.
“It additionally became as soon as essentially the most fun that I had,” Nowell acknowledged. “We all were having fun, neutral correct delighted for every quite about a. And that’s what more or much less resulted in me feeling neutral correct, so I neutral correct made up our minds to turn it up, bring collectively more buckets. … Once I felt it became as soon as the intellectual time to start scoring, I did it.”
The unprecedented 46-point swing gave Timberwolves coach Chris Finch, a New Orleans assistant the old three seasons, his first victory in six games since taking his first NBA head-instructing job with Minnesota on Feb. 22.
“It became as soon as astronomical. , we threw a small bit water on him,” Edwards acknowledged of the birthday celebration within the locker room. “He became as soon as freezing frigid, so he bought out of there precise snappy.”
Rookie Jaden McDaniels hit his first four 3s and completed with a career-high 20 points for Minnesota, which received for neutral correct the eighth time this season — and 2d time against New Orleans.
“Lastly, we bring collectively to head encourage and occupy something to smile about, splashed coach with the water,” Nowell acknowledged. “It’s a astronomical feeling. Honestly, I forgot what this sense felt relish. So it’s astronomical to search out that out all all over again.”
Karl-Anthony Cities scored 16 points and worn LSU standout Naz Reid added 15 for the Timberwolves, who blended for 19 3-pointers on 40 attempts (47.5%).
Zion Williamson scored 24 points for New Orleans. Steven Adams had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Brandon Ingram added 13 points. However the Pelicans struggled to shoot from 3-point range, going 6 for 32. They compounded that by committing 18 turnovers, which resulted in 31 Minnesota points.
“We’re so bad defensively that we’re going to’t occupy a bad offensive night,” Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledged. “If we occupy now a bad offensive night, we’re going to bring collectively beaten relish we did.
“We didn’t compete. We didn’t encourage every quite about a,” Van Gundy persevered. “A extremely embarrassing night for us tonight. They played neatly. They were inspired to play. We didn’t seem to care and we bought what we deserved.”
After Edwards’ dunk and 3 in succession gave Minnesota an 88-70 lead within the third quarter, boos may well presumably maybe well be heard emanating from the socially distanced crowd of about 3,700.
New Orleans led 26-10 with 4: 03 left within the foremost quarter. Williamson bought going with eight early points inside, highlighted by his thunderous dunk on a baseline within the reduction of.
However the Wolves methodically rallied, helped by reserves McDaniels and Reid. McDaniels made his first 5 pictures, including two 3s, while Reid made 5 of his first six attempts.
“The 2d community came in with aggressiveness,” Edwards acknowledged. “They led us down an extraordinarily, unquestionably neutral correct route.”
Cities, who’d missed his first six 3s, at closing made one as time expired within the foremost half to present the Wolves a 40-point 2d quarter and 67-60 lead.
Timberwolves: Cities’ buzzer-beater on the give up of the foremost half extended his travel of games with on the least one 3 to 51. … Jake Layman scored 12 points, hitting three 3s. … Minnesota bought a season-high 72 points from reserves, marking the eighth time this season the Timberwolves’ bench exceeded 50 points. … The Wolves’ point total became as soon as their very best this season. … Nowell’s old career high became as soon as 18 points.
Pelicans: Williamson’s most recent struggles from the free throw line persevered as he missed 5 of 11 frightening pictures. … Josh Hart grabbed 13 rebounds nevertheless committed six turnovers. … Jaxson Hayes and rookie Kira Lewis Jr. every scored 11 points, while Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Lonzo Ball every had 10 points. … The Pelicans occupy now misplaced 5 games whereby they led by as many as 15 points.
Williamson, who acknowledged going into the All-Star smash that he believed the Pelicans were on the cusp of winning more constantly, acknowledged the lopsided loss to the closing-plan Timberwolves didn’t change his outlook.
“I cease unquestionably feel relish we’re nearly there,” Williamson maintained. “I detest to direct this, nevertheless here is the NBA, man. Losses relish that happen every so most continuously.
“With any luck we’ll uncover the sector why I acknowledged what I acknowledged,” Williamson added. “We’re all adults … You also can’t sulk over a loss relish this. We’ve neutral correct bought to switch on.”
Timberwolves: Host Portland on Saturday night within the foremost of two consecutive matchups against the Path Blazers.
Pelicans: Host Cleveland Friday night within the 2d of three homes games in four nights.
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