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Minnesota hangs on in overtime, tops Miami 125-122

MIAMI (AP) It's never been easy for Andrew Wiggins in Miami, and Monday was no exception.

That's what made the win even sweeter.

Jeff Teague scored 23 points, Wiggins scored 22 - 13 of them coming after halftime, including a pair of huge baskets late in regulation - and the Minnesota Timberwolves scored the first six points of overtime before holding on to beat the Miami Heat 125-122.

''We have a lot of people who know how to win, know how to close out games,'' Wiggins said.

That was evident. The Timberwolves never trailed in the final 11 1/2 minutes, yet still needed to see Dion Waiters' 35-footer as time expired clang helplessly off the rim before they could escape.

''We've got some guys on this team that can really play,'' Teague said. ''Down the stretch, Wig was huge.''

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who got 16 from Jimmy Butler and 13 from Jamal Crawford.

Waiters tied a career-high by scoring 33 for Miami, 14 of those coming in the fourth quarter including a layup that sent the game to overtime. But the Heat dropped their third straight - all at home.

''It doesn't mean (anything) if we don't get the win,'' Waiters said.

Kelly Olynyk scored 23 points and Goran Dragic added 18 for Miami - which was again without center Hassan Whiteside, out for a fifth consecutive game with a bruised left knee. Bam Adebayo started again in his place and had the best game of his rookie season, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

''It was great to see,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of the rookie's stat line, which came against a star in Towns.

Wiggins got to the line with 43 seconds left after missing a dunk on a play where Justise Winslow was called for a foul that left the Heat arguing otherwise - but replays suggested was indeed correct. He made both free throws to put Minnesota up by four, and the Heat would eventually get back within one on a 3-pointer by Waiters with 5.1 seconds left.

Teague made a pair of free throws, and Miami's desperation heave from Waiters was off.

''There's a lot of work for us to do defensively,'' Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Wiggins had both Minnesota baskets in the final 1:01 of regulation, a putback of his own miss and an emphatic dunk for a four-point lead. He's had some good scoring games against the Heat - at least 22 in four of seven contests - but he's earned it all. After shooting 7 for 23 Monday, he's now 46 for 125 (36.8 percent) against the Heat.

He had a chance to put the Timberwolves up four again with 12 seconds left in regulation, but missed a layup. Winslow got the rebound for Miami and on the ensuing possession Waiters blew past Butler for a layup to tie it at 110.

Minnesota scored the next six, and found a way from there.

''We did things necessary to win at the end,'' Thibodeau said.

TIP INS

Timberwolves: Minnesota's first six 3-pointers came from six different players. ... Towns took only 11 shots from the floor, perhaps a bit of a surprise since Miami was without Whiteside. ... The Timberwolves can get their first three-game winning streak since January with a win on Wednesday.

Heat: Miami missed more free throws in the first quarter (three) than in its two previous games combined (two). ... Okaro White gave the Heat a big boost late in the third, scoring five points on a putback dunk and 3-pointer that cut Minnesota's six-point lead to one. ... Miami was cold from 3-point range again, shooting 7 for 27 from beyond the arc.

DRAGIC'S STARTS

Dragic came out sizzling, and that's been a trend. He was 5 for 5 in the first quarter, the second time he's done that in the last three games. Dragic is shooting 20 for 29 (69 percent) in first quarters this season, and 16 for 20 (80 percent) in the opening periods of his last four games.

FREE THROWS

Minnesota was 32 for 35 from the line, a huge factor in the game. Miami was 17 for 25.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Visit New Orleans on Wednesday, the finale of a two-game trip.

Heat: Host Chicago on Wednesday, ending a six-game homestand.

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Key Players
K. Towns
32 C
G. Dragic
7 G
33.8 Min. Per Game 33.8
20.2 Pts. Per Game 20.2
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
58.0 Field Goal % 50.5
58.1 Three Point % 49.4
88.2 Free Throw % 77.8
  Team rebound 0:00
  Dion Waiters missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Jeff Teague made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:04
+ 1 Jeff Teague made 1st of 2 free throws 0:04
  Personal foul on Goran Dragic 0:04
+ 3 Dion Waiters made 3-pt. jump shot 0:05
+ 2 Jimmy Butler made layup, assist by Jeff Teague 0:09
+ 2 Dion Waiters made driving layup 0:28
+ 1 Andrew Wiggins made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:43
+ 1 Andrew Wiggins made 1st of 2 free throws 0:43
  Shooting foul on Justise Winslow 0:43
Team Stats
Points 125 122
Field Goals 41-91 (45.1%) 49-93 (52.7%)
3-Pointers 11-23 (47.8%) 7-27 (25.9%)
Free Throws 32-35 (91.4%) 17-25 (68.0%)
Total Rebounds 43 61
Offensive 10 15
Defensive 30 35
Team 3 11
Assists 20 17
Steals 16 8
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 16 24
Fouls 26 28
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 5 REB, 11 AST
33 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
1234OTT
away team logo Timberwolves 4-3 2337193115125
home team logo Heat 2-43230202812122
Team Stats
away team logoTimberwolves 4-3 108.6 PPG 41.8 RPG 22.7 APG
home team logoHeat 2-4 101.2 PPG 42 RPG 21.9 APG
Key Players
J. Teague G 13.0 PPG 3.1 RPG 7.1 APG 43.4 FG%
D. Waiters G 14.3 PPG 2.6 RPG 3.8 APG 39.8 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Teague G 23 PTS 5 REB 11 AST
D. Waiters G 33 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
45.1 FG% 52.7
47.8 3PT FG% 25.9
91.4 FT% 68.0
Timberwolves
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Teague 37 23 5 11 6 0 4 5 7/18 3/5 6/6 0 5 52 +18
A. Wiggins 40 22 7 1 1 1 3 1 7/23 1/5 7/8 4 3 30 -1
K. Towns 38 20 12 1 1 3 0 4 7/11 3/4 3/4 3 9 38 +12
J. Butler 39 16 5 3 3 0 4 5 5/13 1/3 5/5 1 4 26 +5
T. Gibson 31 7 4 0 1 0 1 3 3/4 0/0 1/1 0 4 11 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Teague 37 23 5 11 6 0 4 5 7/18 3/5 6/6 0 5 52 +18
A. Wiggins 40 22 7 1 1 1 3 1 7/23 1/5 7/8 4 3 30 -1
K. Towns 38 20 12 1 1 3 0 4 7/11 3/4 3/4 3 9 38 +12
J. Butler 39 16 5 3 3 0 4 5 5/13 1/3 5/5 1 4 26 +5
T. Gibson 31 7 4 0 1 0 1 3 3/4 0/0 1/1 0 4 11 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Crawford 21 13 1 3 1 0 1 0 3/7 1/3 6/6 0 1 20 +1
N. Bjelica 14 9 2 0 2 0 1 3 3/4 1/2 2/2 0 2 12 +1
G. Dieng 14 6 3 0 1 0 2 3 2/3 0/0 2/3 2 1 8 -9
T. Jones 15 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 0 7 -15
S. Muhammad 11 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 1 5 +1
A. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Aldrich - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Georges-Hunt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 125 40 20 16 4 16 26 41/91 11/23 32/35 10 30 209 +15
Heat
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Waiters 38 33 5 4 3 0 5 2 14/28 1/8 4/5 1 4 44 -10
G. Dragic 39 18 6 5 1 0 6 4 8/16 1/4 1/2 1 5 29 +11
B. Adebayo 31 13 13 0 0 0 1 3 5/9 0/0 3/6 10 3 25 -16
J. Richardson 32 5 1 1 2 2 2 4 2/10 1/6 0/0 0 1 10 -2
J. Johnson 23 2 7 1 1 1 2 3 0/3 0/0 2/4 0 7 11 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Waiters 38 33 5 4 3 0 5 2 14/28 1/8 4/5 1 4 44 -10
G. Dragic 39 18 6 5 1 0 6 4 8/16 1/4 1/2 1 5 29 +11
B. Adebayo 31 13 13 0 0 0 1 3 5/9 0/0 3/6 10 3 25 -16
J. Richardson 32 5 1 1 2 2 2 4 2/10 1/6 0/0 0 1 10 -2
J. Johnson 23 2 7 1 1 1 2 3 0/3 0/0 2/4 0 7 11 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Olynyk 29 23 6 2 0 0 4 3 9/12 3/5 2/2 0 6 29 +6
T. Johnson 22 12 3 2 0 1 3 4 4/7 0/2 4/4 1 2 17 +8
J. Winslow 27 10 8 2 0 0 1 2 5/5 0/0 0/0 1 7 21 -13
O. White 16 6 1 0 1 1 0 1 2/2 1/1 1/2 1 0 9 +6
W. Ellington 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 0
H. Whiteside - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hammons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McGruder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mickey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 122 50 17 8 5 24 28 49/93 7/27 17/25 15 35 195 -15