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Towns, Teague lead Wolves over Nets after LeVert injury

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jimmy Butler is gone and so is Minnesota's losing streak, after a victory over a Nets team devastated by a gruesome injury to leading scorer Caris LeVert.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, and the Timberwolves beat Brooklyn 120-113 on Monday after finally trading Butler.

Jeff Teague returned from a six-game absence to score 24 points for Minnesota, which snapped a five-game losing streak.

''It's good to get a win after the slide we've been having,'' Towns said. ''It doesn't matter how it comes, pretty or ugly. As long as it ends up being a win, we're good with that.''

The Nets lost LeVert to what appeared to be a severe right leg injury late in the first half that brought the entire crowd at Target Center to a silence.

LeVert spent several minutes on the court being attended by medical personnel. Nets players surrounded their injured teammate before he was wheeled off the court.

''I just think it's a devastating blow for us, for him. That's all I really want to say about this,'' Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. ''Our thoughts should be with him and his recovery. And I really don't want to talk about the game or anything else.''

The Timberwolves officially dealt Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, along with big man Justin Patton. The Wolves received Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick in the trade.

Butler had asked for a trade earlier in the season but coach and president of basketball of operations Tom Thibodeau said Monday that the team tried to remain patient in waiting for the right deal for the All-Star. Thibodeau refuted a report that Butler's trade demand included sending him to only a handful of teams.

In the first game of the post-Butler era, Minnesota used a strong effort from the backcourt duo of Teague and Derrick Rose, who had 23 points in 39 minutes. Teague was aggressive on offense for Minnesota in his first game since Oct. 29.

''We needed the downhill play and the attack,'' Thibodeau said. ''I thought he and Derrick put a lot of pressure on them.''

A former first-round pick in his third season, LeVert was averaging a team-high 19 points entering the game. He had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists before suffering the injury with just a few seconds remaining before halftime.

LeVert was taken to a hospital for further evaluation. Players from around the league tweeted out their support for LeVert shortly after the injury occurred.

''There were really just no words,'' said Nets forward Joe Harris. ''We didn't talk even when we came in at halftime. There's nothing really to be said. You could just feel it, the emotions from everybody. Guys were crying coming in, it was really that horrific just to see.''

D'Angelo Russell made a career-high nine 3-pointers and scored 31 points for the Nets, who shot a season-worst 39.6 percent from the field.

Neither team led by more than five points until late in the third quarter, when Gorgui Dieng's 3-pointer and a pair of free throws by Teague extended Minnesota's advantage to 10 points. Brooklyn cut it to 97-96 early in the fourth before the Wolves pulled away.

Minnesota overcame a season-high 23 turnovers.

TIP-INS

Nets: C Jarrett Allen missed the game due to illness. Allen has averaged 11.4 points and 7.8 rebounds this season. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson started at center. ... Brooklyn's bench outscored Minnesota's reserves 40-18, including 14 from Spencer Dinwiddie.

Timberwolves: Teague had been out with a bruised left knee. ... SF Andrew Wiggins (right quad contusion) was back after sitting out Minnesota's game Friday at Sacramento. .. Minnesota is now 5-1 at home and 0-8 on the road.

WOLVES PLAYERS PRAY FOR LEVERT

As LeVert was on the court following his leg injury, Anthony Tolliver huddled his teammates together for a prayer.

''It's really a tough situation, because we all know that could be us,'' Tolliver said. ''We just know that sick feeling. We definitely wanted to do what we could. I got the guys together and prayed for him.''

Rose noted that he's been on the court when three players suffered serious leg injuries: Paul George, Gordon Hayward and now LeVert.

UP NEXT

Nets: Host Miami on Wednesday night.

Timberwolves: Host New Orleans on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
C. LeVert
22 SG
K. Towns
32 C
33.3 Min. Per Game 33.3
19.9 Pts. Per Game 19.9
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
10.8 Reb. Per Game 10.8
47.3 Field Goal % 47.8
46.9 Three Point % 46.4
72.1 Free Throw % 90.9
+ 2 DeMarre Carroll made layup 0:02
  Defensive rebound by DeMarre Carroll 0:09
  Jeff Teague missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:12
  Defensive rebound by Jeff Teague 0:34
  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson missed reverse layup 0:38
  Offensive rebound by Joe Harris 0:43
  DeMarre Carroll missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:48
+ 1 Taj Gibson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:54
+ 1 Taj Gibson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:54
  Personal foul on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 0:54
+ 3 D'Angelo Russell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by DeMarre Carroll 0:58
Team Stats
Points 113 120
Field Goals 40-101 (39.6%) 42-80 (52.5%)
3-Pointers 18-50 (36.0%) 10-23 (43.5%)
Free Throws 15-22 (68.2%) 26-31 (83.9%)
Total Rebounds 47 64
Offensive 19 9
Defensive 23 43
Team 5 12
Assists 28 26
Steals 10 8
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 13 23
Fouls 29 17
Technicals 1 1
31 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST
24 PTS, 1 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Nets 6-8 31223228113
home team logo Timberwolves 5-9 30273627120
Team Stats
away team logo Nets 6-8 111.6 PPG 46 RPG 23.8 APG
home team logo Timberwolves 5-9 112.4 PPG 45.3 RPG 24.5 APG
Key Players
D. Russell PG 20.7 PPG 3.7 RPG 6.9 APG 43.2 FG%
K. Towns C 24.6 PPG 12.4 RPG 3.3 APG 52.2 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Russell PG 31 PTS 2 REB 6 AST
K. Towns C 25 PTS 21 REB 3 AST
39.6 FG% 52.5
36.0 3PT FG% 43.5
68.2 FT% 83.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Russell 31 2 6 10/22 9/15 2/5 1 32 2 0 3 0 2 -9 44
R. Hollis-Jefferson 14 6 5 5/10 0/0 4/6 4 26 3 1 1 4 2 -8 33
C. LeVert 10 5 4 5/12 0/3 0/0 3 16 0 0 1 3 2 -2 22
J. Dudley 8 4 4 3/9 2/5 0/0 5 28 1 1 0 1 3 +8 22
J. Harris 8 6 1 3/15 2/9 0/0 3 33 0 0 0 2 4 -3 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Russell 31 2 6 10/22 9/15 2/5 1 32 2 0 3 0 2 -9 44
R. Hollis-Jefferson 14 6 5 5/10 0/0 4/6 4 26 3 1 1 4 2 -8 33
C. LeVert 10 5 4 5/12 0/3 0/0 3 16 0 0 1 3 2 -2 22
J. Dudley 8 4 4 3/9 2/5 0/0 5 28 1 1 0 1 3 +8 22
J. Harris 8 6 1 3/15 2/9 0/0 3 33 0 0 0 2 4 -3 16
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Dinwiddie 14 0 3 5/10 2/7 2/2 6 28 1 0 3 0 0 0 18
D. Carroll 11 5 2 3/8 2/6 3/4 1 23 0 0 3 1 4 -13 17
E. Davis 7 14 2 2/4 0/0 3/4 4 21 1 0 0 8 6 +1 26
A. Crabbe 6 0 0 2/9 1/5 1/1 1 23 2 0 2 0 0 -4 6
S. Napier 4 0 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 -5 6
K. Faried - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Pinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Musa - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Kurucs - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 113 42 28 40/101 18/50 15/22 29 234 10 2 13 19 23 -35 210
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Towns 25 21 3 9/11 2/2 5/6 5 37 1 2 10 2 19 +7 45
J. Teague 24 1 11 8/14 0/3 8/9 2 34 3 0 4 0 1 +10 46
D. Rose 23 2 6 8/18 3/5 4/4 0 38 1 1 3 0 2 +3 36
T. Gibson 17 9 1 5/8 0/0 7/8 4 33 1 1 2 3 6 +12 28
A. Wiggins 13 6 3 5/12 2/3 1/2 2 37 1 1 2 1 5 +7 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Towns 25 21 3 9/11 2/2 5/6 5 37 1 2 10 2 19 +7 45
J. Teague 24 1 11 8/14 0/3 8/9 2 34 3 0 4 0 1 +10 46
D. Rose 23 2 6 8/18 3/5 4/4 0 38 1 1 3 0 2 +3 36
T. Gibson 17 9 1 5/8 0/0 7/8 4 33 1 1 2 3 6 +12 28
A. Wiggins 13 6 3 5/12 2/3 1/2 2 37 1 1 2 1 5 +7 25
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Okogie 8 4 1 3/7 1/4 1/2 1 19 0 1 1 0 4 +4 14
G. Dieng 5 1 0 2/4 1/1 0/0 1 10 0 0 0 0 1 0 6
A. Tolliver 3 6 1 1/4 1/4 0/0 1 14 0 0 1 2 4 -5 10
T. Jones 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 13 1 0 0 1 1 -3 5
C. Williams 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Covington - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nunnally - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Saric - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Bates-Diop - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 120 52 26 42/80 10/23 26/31 17 236 8 6 23 9 43 +35 215