NEW ORLEANS — After losing to Houston, coach Chris Finch summed up his Timberwolves team by saying they were capable of beating anyone and losing to anyone.
So naturally, two nights after losing to the worst team in the NBA, the Wolves regrouped for a 111-102 victory over the Pelicans, a team that has passed them in the standings for most of the season.
The Wolves are one of the worst third quarter teams in the NBA, but they scored a goal after being down 52-46 at halftime.
Anthony Edwards was 5-for-8, including three 3-pointers, and Wolves had one of their most impressive short bursts of the season with a 15-0 run that put them ahead 75-61. They would lead up to 17 before entering the fourth quarter with an 85-73 lead.
They held on in the fourth quarter, even in a turbulent atmosphere inside the Smoothie King Center after Pelicans coach Willie Green was ejected for arguing with officials with 5 minutes and 54 seconds left. player. Jaden McDaniels had five key points in the final minutes to avoid a comeback in New Orleans.
Edwards finished with 37 while D’Angelo Russell turned it on in the second half for 19. CJ McCollum had 25 for New Orleans.
Edwards was able to come out and score in transition early as Minnesota opened up a 17-10 lead. But the Pelicans hit their last nine shots of the period and outscored Wolves 24-9 the rest of the way.
Wolves looked to be in trouble in the second as the Pelicans opened up a 12-point lead thanks to a 7-0 run. But Wolves regrouped, thanks in large part to Edwards, who finished the quarter strong and had 20 at halftime.
Wolves finished the first half without an individual catching an offensive rebound, although they did have a few team offensive rebounds that deflected out of bounds for the Pelicans.
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