MINNESOTA. — The new-look Minnesota Timberwolves were a puzzle too difficult to solve Saturday, getting 24 points from Jordan McLaughlin and 23 from Malik Beasley to earn a resounding 142-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers and end a 13-game losing streak.
Three players were making their debut for a Timberwolves team that was busy in advance of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. One player who did not suit up was D’Angelo Russell, who was one of the biggest acquisitions on the final trading day.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 22 points with 13 rebounds and nine assists. Beasley made a career-best seven 3-pointers in his Wolves debut. McLaughlin’s point total was a career high. James Johnson added 15 points, also in his Minnesota debut. McLaughlin had 11 assists, and Beasley had 10 rebounds.
The Timberwolves set a franchise record with 26 3-pointers and shot 59.1 percent from long distance.
Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and Paul George added 21 for the Clippers, who looked slow to react to Minnesota’s long-shooting strategy and did not have enough firepower to compete with it.
In other games, it was LA Lakers 125, Golden State 120; Milwaukee 112, Orlando 95; Dallas 116, Charlotte 100; New York 95, Detroit 92; New Orleans 124, Indiana 117, Toronto 119, Brooklyn 118; Denver 117, Phoenix 108; and Sacramento 122, San Antonio 102.
LAKERS 125, WARRIORS 120
In San Francisco, Anthony Davis capped a big night at the foul line with three late free throws, helping the visiting Los Angeles hold new-look Golden State.
Davis shot nine of 13 at the line en route to a team-high 27 points to complement 10 rebounds. Avery Bradley sank five 3-pointers to account for a majority of his 21 points, and LeBron James chipped in with 22 points, eight rebounds and a team-high 11 assists for the Lakers, who won for the ninth time in their last 11 road games.
Andrew Wiggins, one of four players making their debut with the Warriors, had 24 points. Marquese Chriss went for a season-high 26 for the Warriors, who lost at home for the eighth time in their last nine games. – Reuters