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Minnesota Timberwolves outlast Brooklyn Nets, 96-94, behind Towns, Edwards

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TIMBERWOLVES WIN. Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards lead the charge as the Minnesota Timberwolves secure a thrilling 96-94 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, maintaining their Western Conference lead on Thursday night (Friday, January 26, in the Philippines). MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES PHOTO

The Western Conference-leading Minnesota Timberwolves managed to hold on for a hard-fought 96-94 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
Led by the dynamic duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards, the Timberwolves secured the win, maintaining their position at the top of the conference standings.
Towns, who scored 27 points, and Edwards, who contributed 24, showcased their offensive prowess, guiding the Timberwolves to a lead of as much as 17 points in the third quarter.
Despite their early advantage, the Nets mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter, making it a nail-biting finish.
An 8-0 run by the Nets, highlighted by Mikal Bridges’ short jumper with 3:34 left, narrowed the gap to 91-89. Cam Thomas’ free throws with 1:11 remaining leveled the score at 94-94, setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion.
Reflecting on the challenging moments in the fourth quarter, Towns acknowledged the team’s mistakes but commended the Nets for capitalizing on those opportunities.
Towns said it was a good game and they did a good job at the end.
Rudy Gobert’s crucial alley-oop from Towns with 58 seconds left put the Timberwolves back in front, showcasing the effective connection between the two big men.
Timberwolves’ coach Chris Finch praised Towns for his exceptional passing ability and Gobert for executing the play despite a slightly off-target pass.
Bridges had a chance to tie the game for the Nets when he was fouled by Jaden McDaniels with two seconds left. However, he missed the first free throw, and the Nets were called for a lane violation on his intentional miss. After a timeout, Minnesota successfully inbounded the ball, running out the clock to secure the victory.
The Nets, who have now lost three straight and face a challenging stretch, found encouragement in their resilience.
Cam Thomas, who led the Nets with 25 points, highlighted the team’s fighting spirit. He said they fought back and played, adding that they kept fighting, which was encouraging.
Rudy Gobert finished with a double-double, contributing 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Mike Conley also scored 10 for the Timberwolves. Towns added 10 rebounds to his impressive scoring performance.
On the Nets’ side, Bridges had 21 points, Nic Claxton recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Spencer Dinwiddie added 14 points.
The Timberwolves’ victory showcased their resilience and ability to secure crucial wins, maintaining their position as a formidable force in the Western Conference.
Meanwhile, the Nets will look to regroup and address their recent struggles as they strive for consistency in the highly competitive NBA landscape.

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