Rose blooms with game-winner as Timberwolves dim Suns

Agence France-Presse
Rose blooms with game-winner as Timberwolves dim Suns
The former NBA MVP shows he still has plenty of gas left by powering Minnesota to an enthralling win over Phoenix

LOS ANGELES, USA – Derrick Rose nailed a three-pointer from 18 feet with just 0.6 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 116-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, January 20 (Monday, January 21, Philippine time). 

“It was about damn time I hit a shot like that,” said Rose.

Rose and Karl-Anthony Towns took turns carrying the ‘Wolves on their backs as they combined for 61 points. 

Towns scored 28 of his 30 points in the first half and Rose scored 29 of his 31 points in the second half for the Timberwolves, who had to overcome an 11-point deficit.

The Suns decided to double team Towns in the second half which opened the door for Rose to then take charge.

“I got to get back into the rhythm of things. I believe in myself and I work on this all the time,” Rose said, who shot 11-of-18 in the second half.

T.J. Warren scored 21 points and Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre each added 18 for Phoenix, who lost all 4 games on their road trip to drop to 4-20 overall on the road this season.

Elsewhere, Tobias Harris scored 27 points and flirted with a triple-double as the Los Angeles Clippers snapped a five-game losing skid with a 103-95 win over the red-hot San Antonio Spurs.

Harris also had 9 assists and 9 rebounds and Patrick Beverly finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers in front of a crowd of 18,300 at the AT&T Center arena.

The Clippers led the contest for all but 14 seconds as Beverley helped seal the victory with two late free throws.

San Antonio, who suffered their second consecutive loss at home, took the lead, 101-95, with 31 seconds to go on Aldridge’s final basket of the game but the Clippers were able to execute down the stretch.

“It was a great win,” said Harris. “Every single guy that got out here and played was effective.

“We knew tonight we were going to need everybody’s effort.”

LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 14 rebounds and a banged up leading scorer DeMar DeRozan returned from a one-game absence to finish with 8 points on a dismal 4-of-16 shooting.

Rudy Gay had 19 points and Marco Belinelli added 12 points for San Antonio. 

Spurs stung 

The Spurs, who committed 18 turnovers, took their only lead with just over 3 minutes remaining in the first when Bryn Forbes drained a three-pointer. 

The Clippers went on a 22-2 run bridging the 1st and 2nd quarters, turning a one-point deficit into a 45-26 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the first half.

Elsewhere, Victor Oladipo scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and Darren Collison finished with 19 points as the Indiana Pacers posted their fourth win in 5 games with a 120-95 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

“Me, Bojan (Bogdanovic), Vic, we were all being aggressive on the pick-and-roll,” Collison said. “When all 3 of us are aggressive, it’s tough to beat us.”

Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 23 points but didn’t get much help. Malik Monk finished with 11 points off the bench while Bismack Biyombo scored 10 as the Hornets’ three-game winning streak ended. –

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