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Timberwolves rally late, shock Heat 129-126

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat get leads. They just can't hold them.

And this time, the Minnesota Timberwolves were the beneficiaries of another late-game collapse.

Jordan McLaughlin's layup with just under nine seconds left put Minnesota ahead for good, D'Angelo Russell led all scorers with 27 points and the Timberwolves added to Miami beat the Heat 129-126 on Wednesday night.

The Wolves were down by 12 with 3:59 left, staring squarely at what was about to be their 19th loss in their last 20 games. That is, until a 20-5 run to end the game slapped the win out of Miami's hands.

''You just can't say enough about the group in the locker room,'' Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said. ''It's a special group the way these guys are pushing through a lot of unknowns, a lot of change, a lot of adversity right now so I'm just really thrilled for this group.''

Malik Beasley scored 21 points, Juancho Hernangomez tied a season-high with 17 and McLaughlin added 13 for Minnesota.

Jimmy Butler's two free throws with 13.8 seconds left put Miami up 126-125, but McLaughlin's layup on the next Minnesota possession put the Timberwolves on top to stay. Butler's layup with 3.2 seconds left got blocked by Russell, and the Wolves held on.

''We just don't know,'' Heat guard Goran Dragic said. ''This is the time we need to win. The playoffs are around the corner. It's just frustrating. Feels like we're not the same team that we were in the first half of the season.''

Kendrick Nunn led Miami with 24 points. Bam Adebayo had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Butler - back after a two-game absence for personal reasons - had 18 for Miami. The Heat fell to 23-4 at home and have dropped seven of their last nine overall.

The Heat have had major trouble closing games of late - a 22-point lead late in the third quarter against Cleveland on Monday was frittered away in what probably was the worst loss of the season, until now anyway - and a long film session and meeting on Tuesday clearly didn't solve the issue.

''I just think this is our period of the season where there's some adversity,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''It's a good thing when the thing we need to work on is what to do when we have double-digit leads. That shows we're capable of getting to that point. We just have to close out and finish.''

The Heat stayed a half-game ahead of Philadelphia in the race for the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Philadelphia lost in Cleveland earlier Wednesday, a game where 76ers star Joel Embiid departed early because of a shoulder injury.

Miami led 121-109 with 3:59 left, and 123-112 after a layup by Butler 24 seconds later.

And Minnesota - a team that came into the night with one win in a span of 48 days - still wasn't finished off. The Timberwolves scored the next 11 points to tie the game, getting five of those points from Beasley and a tying free throw from McLaughlin with 46 seconds left.

''That's a great team, well-coached, numerous amount of weapons offensively and defensively with tactics,'' Russell said. ''So for us to come out on top with the win, mano-e-mano, was great.''

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Minnesota's 27 attempts from 3-point range in the first two quarters was a first-half franchise record. ... The Wolves are 4-0 in road games against Southeast Division teams this season, and 6-19 in all other road contests.

Heat: Adebayo played through a sprained right ankle, pushing his consecutive-game streak to 144 - extending the fourth-longest such streak in team history. ... Goran Dragic's first basket was a 3-pointer, and that pushed him one point past Grant Long (5,473) for 10th on the Heat career scoring list. ... Nunn got his third consecutive rookie of the month trophy in a brief halftime ceremony.

JOHNSON RETURNS

Wednesday marked James Johnson's first game back in Miami since the trade that sent him to Minnesota earlier this month, a move that sent Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill to Miami from Memphis. ''Hell yeah, we played for him,'' Russell said. Johnson had 11 points in 23 minutes.

LOOKING AHEAD

A large contingent of fans from Slovenia were in attendance Wednesday - and more are coming Friday, when the Heat play host to the Dallas Mavericks. At last season's Dallas-at-Miami game, more than 2,000 Slovenians were in attendance to watch their nation's two best NBA players, Dragic and Dallas star Luka Doncic, go head-to-head.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: At Orlando on Friday night.

Heat: Host Dallas on Friday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:38   Kendrick Nunn missed driving layup, blocked by Naz Reid  
11:38   MIA team rebound  
11:37   Out of bounds turnover on Duncan Robinson  
11:24   D'Angelo Russell missed jump shot  
11:22   Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
11:07   Bam Adebayo missed jump shot  
11:00   Defensive rebound by Malik Beasley  
10:56 +2 Naz Reid made layup, assist by Malik Beasley 2-0
10:56   Shooting foul on Kelly Olynyk  
10:56   Naz Reid missed free throw  
10:54   Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
10:42 +2 Kendrick Nunn made jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 2-2
10:28 +2 Josh Okogie made finger-roll layup 4-2
10:07   Bam Adebayo missed floating jump shot  
10:03   Defensive rebound by Juancho Hernangomez  
9:56 +2 D'Angelo Russell made jump shot 6-2
9:45   Duncan Robinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:41   Defensive rebound by Juancho Hernangomez  
9:31   Josh Okogie missed floating jump shot  
9:28   Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
9:19   Kendrick Nunn missed driving layup, blocked by Josh Okogie  
9:14   Defensive rebound by D'Angelo Russell  
9:07   Lost ball turnover on Juancho Hernangomez, stolen by Kelly Olynyk  
9:02 +2 Bam Adebayo made layup, assist by Kendrick Nunn 6-4
8:39   Juancho Hernangomez missed driving layup, blocked by Bam Adebayo  
8:35   Defensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
8:27   Duncan Robinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:25   Defensive rebound by Malik Beasley  
8:19 +3 D'Angelo Russell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Malik Beasley 9-4
8:04 +3 Kelly Olynyk made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bam Adebayo 9-7
7:50 +2 Malik Beasley made jump shot 11-7
7:37 +3 Kelly Olynyk made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bam Adebayo 11-10
7:25 +3 Malik Beasley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D'Angelo Russell 14-10
7:17   Kendrick Nunn missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:16   Offensive rebound by Kendrick Nunn  
7:14   Kendrick Nunn missed driving layup  
7:11   Defensive rebound by Juancho Hernangomez  
7:08   D'Angelo Russell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:08   Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
7:08   Personal foul on Naz Reid  
6:59   Personal foul on Malik Beasley  
6:59   Full timeout called  
6:51 +2 Jimmy Butler made finger-roll layup, assist by Kendrick Nunn 14-12
6:32 +3 D'Angelo Russell made 3-pt. jump shot 17-12
6:15 +3 Kendrick Nunn made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 17-15
6:01   D'Angelo Russell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:59   Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
5:49   Bad pass turnover on Bam Adebayo, stolen by D'Angelo Russell  
5:46   Offensive foul on Juancho Hernangomez  
5:46   Turnover on Juancho Hernangomez  
5:31   Shooting foul on Josh Okogie  
5:31   Bam Adebayo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:31   MIA team rebound  
5:31 +1 Bam Adebayo made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-16
5:21   Offensive foul on D'Angelo Russell  
5:21   Turnover on D'Angelo Russell  
5:09   Kendrick Nunn missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:07   Defensive rebound by Juancho Hernangomez  
4:53   Jarrett Culver missed layup, blocked by Jimmy Butler  
4:49   Offensive rebound by Jarrett Culver  
4:46   Jake Layman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:44   Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
4:40   Personal foul on Jake Layman  
4:25   Bam Adebayo missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Jarrett Culver  
4:22   MIA team rebound  
4:23   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
4:11   Out of bounds turnover on D'Angelo Russell  
4:00   Jimmy Butler missed layup, blocked by James Johnson  
3:57   Offensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
3:56 +3 Goran Dragic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kendrick Nunn 17-19
3:43   Jake Layman missed jump shot  
3:39   Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
3:31   Out of bounds turnover on Bam Adebayo  
3:20   Jarrett Culver missed driving layup, blocked by Derrick Jones Jr.  
3:20   MIN team rebound  
3:12 +3 Jarrett Culver made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kelan Martin 20-19
3:08   Personal foul on Jake Layman  
3:08 +1 Jimmy Butler made 1st of 2 free throws 20-20
3:08 +1 Jimmy Butler made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-21
2:59   James Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:56   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
2:54   Shooting foul on Jarrett Culver  
2:54   Full timeout called  
2:54   Jimmy Butler missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:54   MIA team rebound  
2:54 +1 Jimmy Butler made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-22
2:35   Kelan Martin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:32   Defensive rebound by Goran Dragic  
2:22 +2 Goran Dragic made reverse layup, assist by Jimmy Butler 20-24
2:11   Malik Beasley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:09   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
1:59 +2 Goran Dragic made layup 20-26
1:40 +2 Jarrett Culver made driving layup 22-26
1:22   Duncan Robinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:20   Defensive rebound by Jarrett Culver  
1:14 +2 Kelan Martin made layup, assist by Jordan McLaughlin 24-26
1:00   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:58   Defensive rebound by Malik Beasley  
0:53 +3 Malik Beasley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Johnson 27-26
0:39   Jimmy Butler missed driving layup, blocked by James Johnson  
0:37   Defensive rebound by Malik Beasley  
0:30 +2 James Johnson made layup, assist by Malik Beasley 29-26
0:19 +2 Derrick Jones Jr. made alley-oop shot, assist by Goran Dragic 29-28
0:01   Kelan Martin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   MIN team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45   Malik Beasley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:44   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
11:43   Personal foul on Kelan Martin  
11:25 +2 Jae Crowder made reverse layup, assist by Andre Iguodala 29-30
11:07   Jarrett Culver missed jump shot  
11:05   Defensive rebound by Duncan Robinson  
10:55   Lost ball turnover on Derrick Jones Jr., stolen by Jordan McLaughlin  
10:49 +3 Jordan McLaughlin made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kelan Martin 32-30
10:30   Goran Dragic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:28   Defensive rebound by James Johnson  
10:03 +3 Kelan Martin made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Johnson 35-30
9:48   Bad pass turnover on Goran Dragic, stolen by Jarrett Culver  
9:37   Kelan Martin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:35   Defensive rebound by Duncan Robinson  
9:35   Personal foul on James Johnson  
9:21   Bad pass turnover on Andre Iguodala, stolen by Malik Beasley  
9:18   Shooting foul on Andre Iguodala  
9:18   Naz Reid missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:18   MIN team rebound  
8:56 +2 Andre Iguodala made driving layup 36-32
8:56 +2 Andre Iguodala made driving layup 36-32
8:51   Personal foul on Goran Dragic  
8:42   Turnover on Jarrett Culver  
8:34   Personal foul on Malik Beasley  
8:25   Bad pass turnover on Andre Iguodala, stolen by Jordan McLaughlin  
8:19 +3 Malik Beasley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan McLaughlin 39-32
8:05   Bam Adebayo missed alley-oop shot  
8:05   Bam Adebayo missed alley-oop shot  
8:03   Defensive rebound by Naz Reid  
7:44   Naz Reid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:37   Jarrett Culver missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Bam Adebayo  
7:37   Jarrett Culver missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Bam Adebayo  
7:35   Offensive foul on Kelan Martin  
7:35   Offensive foul on Kelan Martin  
7:35   Turnover on Kelan Martin  
7:26   Shooting foul on Naz Reid  
7:26 +1 Bam Adebayo made 1st of 2 free throws 39-33
7:26   Bam Adebayo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:24   Defensive rebound by Naz Reid  
7:13 +2 Naz Reid made reverse layup, assist by Jarrett Culver 41-33
6:59   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:56   Defensive rebound by Jake Layman  
6:53 +2 Juancho Hernangomez made finger-roll layup, assist by Jake Layman 43-33
6:40 +2 Goran Dragic made floating jump shot 43-35
6:27   Naz Reid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:24   Defensive rebound by Goran Dragic  
6:21 +2 Bam Adebayo made driving layup, assist by Kendrick Nunn 43-37
6:21   Shooting foul on Naz Reid  
6:21   Bam Adebayo missed free throw  
6:19   Defensive rebound by Jake Layman  
6:09 +3 D'Angelo Russell made 3-pt. jump shot 46-37
6:09   Shooting foul on Kendrick Nunn  
6:09   D'Angelo Russell missed free throw  
6:07   Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
6:00   Personal foul on D'Angelo Russell  
6:00 +1 Kendrick Nunn made 1st of 2 free throws 46-38
6:00 +1 Kendrick Nunn made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-39
5:54   Personal foul on Bam Adebayo  
5:46   Juancho Hernangomez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:43   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
5:32 +2 Bam Adebayo made reverse layup 46-41
5:23   D'Angelo Russell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:21   Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
5:15   Kendrick Nunn missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:15   Offensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
5:14   Out of bounds turnover on Bam Adebayo  
4:57   James Johnson missed jump shot  
4:53   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
4:47   Kendrick Nunn missed floating jump shot  
4:45   Offensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
4:44   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:41   Defensive rebound by D'Angelo Russell  
4:32   Shooting foul on Jimmy Butler  
4:32   Shooting foul on Jimmy Butler  
4:32 +1 Jake Layman made 1st of 2 free throws 47-41
4:32   Jake Layman missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:30   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
4:18   Jimmy Butler missed driving layup, blocked by Josh Okogie  
4:13 +2 Kendrick Nunn made driving layup, assist by Jimmy Butler 47-43
4:13 +2 Kendrick Nunn made driving layup, assist by Jimmy Butler 47-43
3:56 +3 Juancho Hernangomez made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Johnson 50-43
3:42   Personal foul on Jake Layman  
3:42 +1 Bam Adebayo made 1st of 2 free throws 50-44
3:42 +1 Bam Adebayo made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-45
3:29   D'Angelo Russell missed floating jump shot  
3:27   Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
3:22   Shooting foul on James Johnson  
3:22 +1 Derrick Jones Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 50-46
3:22 +1 Derrick Jones Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-47
3:07   Bad pass turnover on Juancho Hernangomez, stolen by Jae Crowder  
3:06   Shooting foul on Malik Beasley  
3:06   Kendrick Nunn missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:06   MIA team rebound  
3:06 +1 Kendrick Nunn made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-48
2:59   Shooting foul on Kendrick Nunn  
2:59 +1 D'Angelo Russell made 1st of 2 free throws 51-48
2:59 +1 D'Angelo Russell made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-48
2:38   Bam Adebayo missed layup  
2:35   Defensive rebound by James Johnson  
2:28 +2 James Johnson made reverse layup 54-48
2:15 +2 Bam Adebayo made layup, assist by Jimmy Butler 54-50
2:03   James Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:01   Defensive rebound by Kendrick Nunn  
1:53 +2 Kendrick Nunn made hook shot 54-52
1:29   Malik Beasley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:27   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
1:25 +2 Derrick Jones Jr. made finger-roll layup, assist by Jimmy Butler 54-54
1:25   Shooting foul on James Johnson  
1:25 +1 Derrick Jones Jr. made free throw 54-55
1:10 +3 D'Angelo Russell made 3-pt. jump shot 57-55
0:58   Jimmy Butler missed finger-roll layup  
0:55   Defensive rebound by D'Angelo Russell  
0:42   Jarrett Culver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:40   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
0:26 +3 Jae Crowder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bam Adebayo 57-58
0:08   Out of bounds turnover on Kelan Martin  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:46 +3 D'Angelo Russell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Juancho Hernangomez 60-60
11:30   Bad pass turnover on Jimmy Butler, stolen by Naz Reid  
11:09 +3 D'Angelo Russell made 3-pt. jump shot 63-60
10:43 +2 Jimmy Butler made fade-away jump shot, assist by Bam Adebayo 63-62
10:43   Shooting foul on Naz Reid  
10:43 +1 Jimmy Butler made free throw 63-63
10:18   Malik Beasley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:16   Defensive rebound by Duncan Robinson  
10:09   Kendrick Nunn missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:06   Defensive rebound by Naz Reid  
9:59   D'Angelo Russell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:56   Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
9:45 +3 Duncan Robinson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bam Adebayo 63-66
9:42   Full timeout called  
9:25 +2 D'Angelo Russell made fade-away jump shot 65-66
9:01 +2 Bam Adebayo made running Jump Shot, assist by Duncan Robinson 65-68
8:39   D'Angelo Russell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:33   Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
8:32   Bad pass turnover on Kelly Olynyk, stolen by Juancho Hernangomez  
8:30 +2 Juancho Hernangomez made dunk 67-68
8:23 +2 Kendrick Nunn made floating jump shot 67-70
8:11   Juancho Hernangomez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:09   Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo