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Minnesota Timberwolves Come Back To Defeat New Orleans Pelicans With Seconds Left


Karl-Anthony Towns scored 29 points on Saturday night, including a game-winning field goal with five seconds remaining, as the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 121-120, rallying from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit.

The Wolves also had 23 points from Anthony Edwards, 17 points and 11 rebounds from Rudy Gobert, 12 points from Jaden McDaniels, and 10 from Nickeil Alexander-Walker.

The Pelicans were led by 30 points from Brandon Ingram, 26 points and 11 rebounds from Jonas Valanciunas, 15 points from Jordan Hawkins, 13 points apiece from Herbert Jones and Dyson Daniels, and 10 more from Matt Ryan. With four games in six days, Zion Williamson was given the night off as the Pelicans finished a back-to-back.

Early in the fourth quarter, Ryan’s 3-pointer gave New Orleans a 108-94 lead.

Towns led Minnesota to within one point with seven points in a 17–4 run, but Valanciunas responded with a three-point shot.

The Wolves led 119-117 after 3-pointers from Towns and Edwards in quick succession. With 1:03 remaining, Ingram tied the game with a jump shot.

With ten seconds remaining, Ingram made one of two to give the Pelicans a one-point lead.

With five seconds remaining, Towns’ short jumper gave Minnesota the lead again, and in the last seconds, Ingram missed a jumper.

The Wolves took a 69-68 lead after halftime thanks to three points from McDaniels and five quick points from Towns, cutting the Pelicans’ lead to just five points.

With a 3-pointer from Hawkins and five straight points from Ingram, New Orleans’ lead grew to 85-74.

Before the Pelicans took a 95-85 lead at the end of the third quarter, Minnesota came within eight points twice.

The Pelicans led 35-27 at the end of the first quarter after establishing a nine-point advantage twice.

With 3-pointers from Jones and Daniels, New Orleans increased their lead to 43-28.

Edwards started a Wolves comeback that brought them within five points with back-to-back 3-pointers.

The Pelicans had stretched their lead to nine points before Minnesota cut the lead to 64-59 at the half.

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