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Kevin Martin scored 21 points in his first game in more than two months and Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-98 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Zach LaVine added 17 points and six assists and Martin scored nine straight points during a crucial stretch of the fourth quarter to help the Timberwolves (8-38) snap a 10-game losing streak at Target Center.
Kevin Martin has returned to the lineup for the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing the previous 34 games with a fractured right wrist. Martin was activated on Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics. The Timberwolves initially ruled him out on Tuesday, but Martin felt good enough after a workout on Wednesday morning to play.
A Newly minted All-Star starter Anthony Davis had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help the New Orleans Pelicans avoid what would have been another ugly road loss with a 92-84 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Eric Gordon scored 20 points and the Pelicans (22-21) shot 50 percent from the field to move over .500 for the first time since Jan. 2. New Orleans has won two in a row for the first time in more than a month.
The Minnesota women’s basketball team has added another in-state player. Sophomore guard Allina Starr has decided to transfer from Auburn.
Chandler Parsons scored 22 points, and the Dallas Mavericks hit 11 3-pointers while cruising to a 98-75 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Parsons hit 9 of 13 shots and Dirk Nowitzki added 16 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes for the Mavericks (30-13), who crept in front of idle Houston (29-13) for sole possession of fourth place in the demanding Western Conference.
As the losses have mounted for the Minnesota Timberwolves, injured point guard Ricky Rubio has never been missed more. It has been almost 11 weeks since he went down with a severely sprained left ankle, and the length of his recovery has drawn impatience from a fan base desperate to see Rubio throw lob passes to Andrew Wiggins.
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Gerald Henderson scored 17 points, Brian Roberts added 16 and the Hornets defeated the Timberwolves 105-80 on Monday — their seventh win in eight games. Charlotte’s Al Jefferson returned after a nine-game absence due to a groin injury. He had eight points and five rebounds in his 25 minutes off the bench.
Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will miss his second straight game because of a cyst on his left knee. Brian Roberts will start in his place Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves in a rare weekday afternoon game Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Andrew Wiggins scored a career-high 31 points and Robbie Hummel had two big tip-in baskets in the fourth quarter, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off the Denver Nuggets 113-105 on Saturday night. The rookie out of Kansas was 11 of 17 from the floor, including four 3-pointers, as Minnesota improved to 4-16 on the road this season.
Andre Hollins spun around after swishing a 3-pointer on the second straight possession, flashing a wide smile as he held up three fingers next to his forehead.
He’s the state’s leading scorer and it’s not even close. Bjorn Broman is averaging 50 — 50 points a game — this season. “I just want to get wins,” Broman said. “And whatever my role is on the team, I’ll do.”
A dream came true Tuesday night for a basketball player who has inspired her classmates with her passion for the sport.
Mo Williams scored a career-high 52 points, most in the NBA this season, and the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 110-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. Williams made six 3-pointers, including one that gave Minnesota a 102-96 lead. Andrew Wiggins added 20 points and Gorgui Dieng had 10 for the Timberwolves (6-31), who won for the first time since beating Portland 90-82 on Dec. 10.
Next year, Jarvis Johnson will join the Gophers basketball team as the first local high school recruit under coach Richard Pitino. He hails from DeLaSalle High School and will join the team as a point guard.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have now lost 15 games in a row. The latest loss came Saturday night to the San Antonio Spurs, 108 to 93. Minnesota plays again Tuesday night against the Pacers.
Austin Daye scored a season-high 22 points and had 10 rebounds to help the San Antonio Spurs hand the Minnesota Timberwolves their 15th straight loss, 108-93 on Saturday night. Patty Mills scored 19 points and Tim Duncan added 13 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes for the Spurs (23-15), who were missing Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli with injuries.
Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves were 10 minutes away from snapping a torturous losing streak that has already turned this season into a lost cause. Then an old, familiar face stepped in for the Phoenix Suns to remind the Wolves of their failures of the past and help prolong the misery of the present.
Melo Trimble scored 20 points, and No. 12 Maryland used a strong defensive performance to beat Minnesota 70-58 on Saturday in the Terrapins’ inaugural Big Ten home game. Dez Wells added 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and sophomore Damonte Dodd had a career-high 12 rebounds for the Terrapins (14-1, 2-0), who have won seven straight. Maryland hasn’t been 14-1 since 1997.
Rudy Gay had 21 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the struggling Sacramento Kings handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their 10th straight loss with a 110-107 victory on Thursday night. DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and seven rebounds after being ejected one night earlier, and the Kings shot 54 percent while each of their starters scored in double figures.
Having lost its three most recent games leading into Christmas break, Purdue was greeted in its first post-holiday practice by a routine of painful wall sits, mixed with sprints to the opposite baseline.
Gordon Hayward scored 11 of his 26 points in the final four minutes to help the Utah Jazz rally to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-94 on Tuesday night. Trey Burke set a career-high with 26 points and Derrick Favors had 15 points. Before the game it was announced that starting guard Alec Burks would have shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season.
arlos Morris scored a career-high 24 points as Minnesota defeated UNC Wilmington 108-82 on Saturday. Morris hit 8 of 15 shots and all seven of his free throws as the Gophers (11-2) overcame an early nine-point deficit to win going away.