NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Miami
(Wednesday, February 18th)
Final Score: Minnesota 111, Miami 104
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Sebastian Telfair made six of Minnesota's 14 three-pointers and finished with a career-high 30 points, as the Timberwolves topped the Miami Heat, 111-104.
Telfair went 6-for-10 from beyond the arc and Minnesota went 14-for-22 overall from long distance in the win, which snapped the Timberwolves' five-game losing streak.
Telfair also had eight assists, while Ryan Gomes added 20 points and seven boards, and Kevin Love ended with 16 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota, which outrebounded Miami 49-24.
"Sebastian was tremendous," Minnesota head coach Kevin McHale said. "The team found a way to hang in there. Miami made a run at us, and we turned around and made a run on them; that's going to happen in this league, especially on the road."
Dwyane Wade had 37 points and 12 assists, while Udonis Haslem added 17 points for the Heat, who lost in their return from the All-Star break. Miami center Jermaine O'Neal made his debut with the team after being acquired from Toronto over the break, along with forward Jamario Moon.
O'Neal ended with 13 points, but his introduction wasn't enough for the Heat to post their second consecutive win, as they beat Chicago on February 12. Miami hasn't won back-to-back games since a three-game streak from January 24-28.
"After our start, I don't think we impacted them defensively the entire game," Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said. "They absolutely annihilated us on the backboard. One-on-one, pick-and-rolls, they were just breaking us down. Pretty much nothing schematic, throwing it up from three, and they were making them tonight."
In a close game over the final several minutes, the teams quickly escalated the score with a three-point barrage. Gomes and Telfair connected from long distance back-to-back for a 97-91 lead with just under four minutes remaining.
Miami countered with eight straight points, including a triple each from Daequan Cook and Mario Chalmers, whose three-pointer put the Heat on top 99-97.
But Randy Foye connected from beyond the arc and Telfair followed with his sixth trey of the game, giving the T-Wolves a 103-99 lead with 1 1/2 minutes remaining.
Wade brought Miami within a point with a three of his own, but after Foye missed a layup, Telfair stole the ball from Chalmers and drew a foul with 31.3 seconds left.
Telfair made both shots for a 105-102 Minnesota lead, and after Wade missed a three on the other end, Love grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He also made both shots to push the T-Wolves' lead to five, and Minnesota held on for the win over the final 22.8 seconds.
Miami used a nine-point run in the first quarter to take a 15-4 lead, and took a 31-20 advantage into the second. However, Minnesota had a nine-point run of its own in the second to get within 36-34, and trailed just 49-46 at halftime.
The Timberwolves took the lead near the end of the third quarter, ending the stanza with a Craig Smith layup and Brian Cardinal jumper to take an 82-73 lead heading into the fourth.
Minnesota maintained the lead at the final quarter's outset, going ahead 86-75 after a Craig free throw.
But Miami made up the difference with a 12-0 run, which Joel Anthony began with a pair of free throws. Wade ended the surge with a layup to put the Heat in front 87-86 with just over seven minutes left, and it was back-and-forth down the stretch.
Chalmers had 12 points for Miami...Foye added 14 for Minnesota, while Smith had 10...Miami's 24 rebounds were the club's second-lowest in one game all- time. The Heat had 23 on April 12, 1990 vs. Boston...Minnesota's record for three-pointers in one game is 15, accomplished on December 8, 2004 vs. Philadelphia...Timberwolves center Al Jefferson underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. Jefferson suffered the injury in a February 8 game against New Orleans and will be sidelined indefinitely. In 50 games with Minnesota this year, the 6-foot-10 Jefferson posted 23.1 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game.
02/18 23:11:02 ET