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Wolves hold off Heat in OT to move over .500

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Wolves guard Andrew Wiggins dunks on Miami's Josh Richardson. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images)

Wolves guard Andrew Wiggins dunks on Miami's Josh Richardson. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images)

Wolves guard Andrew Wiggins dunks on Miami's Josh Richardson. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images)

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MIAMI- The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Miami Heat 125-122 in overtime in a back-and-forth game Monday, October 30, in Miami.

Dion Waiters forced overtime by making a layup with 3 seconds left, tying the game up at 110. However, his 3 point attempt at the buzzer that would have sent the game to double overtime fell short, giving the Timberwolves the win.

Andrew Wiggins has been given the closer role in close games for the last two seasons, and on Monday he came up clutch for the Wolves, scoring two crucial buckets in the last minute of regulation, including a monstrous dunk over Josh Richardson.

Once the game got to overtime, it seemed the Wolves were in control when Jeff Teague hit a 3-point jumper with 1:47 left to put them up 119-112, but the Heat refused to go away. With 55 seconds remaining, Tyler Johnson made a layup, and then the Heat stole the inbound pass and Kelly Olynyk made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 2 with 49 seconds left.

The Wolves were able to close out the game thanks to Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague making their free throws, combined with a Jimmy Butler layup.

Dion Waiters scored a layup and a 3-pointer in the final minute of overtime to continue pressuring the Wolves, but his last 3-point attempt at the buzzer did not go.

Jeff Teague led the Wolves scoring 23 points and dishing 11 assists. Andrew Wiggins had a tough shooting night for his 22 points (7-23 FG), but was able to make the tough buckets when the Wolves needed him. Towns chipped in with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Butler added 16 points.

Both Jamal Crawford and Nemanja Bjelica added a nice spark off the bench, Crawford scoring 13 points, and Bjelica scoring 9.

Dion Waiters led the Heat all night, finishing with 33 points (14-28 FG), highlighted with multiple layups high off the glass, just over Karl-Anthony Towns’s outstretched hand. Goran Dragic also played a nice offensive game with 18 points (8-16 FG).

The Timberwolves’ offense seems to be starting to gel, with better ball-movement and some highlight lobs. Jeff Teague, especially, seems to be much more comfortable, providing steady scoring and play-making. Their defense is still a work-in-progress, but tightened up in the second half. The Wolves’ perimeter defense still seems shaky with opposing guards taking advantage of it, but Karl-Anthony Towns’s rotations seem to be coming faster than the first few games.

The Miami Heat fell to 2-4 on the season.

The Timberwolves improved to 4-3 on the season, and play the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday in New Orleans.

 

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