NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Miami
(Tuesday, February 23rd)
Final Score: Minnesota 91, Miami 88
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Jonny Flynn scored 16 points and made the eventual game-winning layup with 38 seconds left, as the Minnesota Timberwolves picked up a rare road victory by taking a 91-88 decision over the Miami Heat.
Kevin Love added 17 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for the Timberwolves, who snapped a six-game skid and improved to 5-24 away from the Twin Cities this season.
Ryan Gomes donated 13 points and eight rebounds, Wayne Ellington chipped in 12 points off the bench and Al Jefferson had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the victors.
"It was just a great game," Flynn said. "It was a good win for us. Coming off of six straight losses it's always good to get a win, especially in a season where we are not getting a lot of wins. Every win is good for us."
Dorell Wright made six three-pointers on his way to a career-best 26 points while pulling down seven boards for the Heat, who have dropped two in a row following a five-game win streak.
Jermaine O'Neal scored 18 points to surpass 12,000 points for his career, while Michael Beasley ended with 14 points and nine rebounds in defeat.
"Those boys just wanted it more than we did. We are not that team at all," Beasley said. "We just got off lackadaisical. Collectively, as a team, there was no energy. No passion. We just didn't play. We didn't come today."
Miami was without star guard Dwyane Wade (left calf strain) for a third straight game on Tuesday. They were also without the services of guard Rafer Alston (bruised right hand).
Darko Milicic scored the first four points of the fourth to extend Minnesota's lead to 72-58. The Heat, though, fought right back with an 8-0 flurry, which Wright bookended with a pair of three-pointers to cut the gap to 72-66 with 9:11 to play.
The Timberwolves responded with eight consecutive points to gain some breathing room. Ellington and Love each were good from beyond the arc to end the run, making it an 80-66 contest with over 7 1/2 minutes remaining.
Miami then made things interesting by going on a 20-7 run to cut the deficit to one, 87-86, on Beasley's tip-in made with 56.8 seconds to play.
Flynn was good on a key driving layup at the other end to stop the bleeding and extend Minnesota's margin to 89-86 with 38 ticks left on the clock.
Wright made an 18-foot jumper to cut the gap to 89-88 with 28.5 seconds to go. Flynn then missed a jumper at the other end, but Love pulled down a big offensive rebound. Ellington followed with two free throws with only 1.1 seconds remaining to make it a three-point game.
Daequan Cook was off the mark on a trey to give the Timberwolves the victory.
Minnesota used a 16-7 spurt to build a 24-15 lead after 12 minutes and scored the first eight points of the second to grab a 17-point margin. However, Miami responded with an ensuing 8-0 flurry of its own and scored the final five points of the half to cut the deficit to 45-41 at the break.
Miami opened the second half the same way it ended the first, and Beasley's three-point play gave the Heat a 46-45 edge.
Ahead 57-56 with just over six minutes to go, Minnesota closed the frame out on an 11-2 burst. Love's trey ended the spurt, extending the Timberwolves' margin to 68-58 heading to the fourth.
Minnesota is 11-7 in the past 18 matchups between the clubs...Beasley passed 2,000 points for his career...Minnesota started a three-game road trip on Tuesday...The Timberwolves turned the ball over 21 times, leading to 24 Miami points.
02/23 23:34:23 ET