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Wolves Defeat Heat, Winners Of Seven Of Last Eight

MIAMI (AP) — Jaylen Nowell scored 16 points, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards each added 15 and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Miami Heat 113-104 on Saturday night.

The Timberwolves have won seven of eight games.

Tyler Herro scored 30 points for the Eastern Conference-leading Heat. They had 37 points in the second half after scoring 42 in the second quarter. Miami has lost two of three.

Miami’s Markieff Morris had six points and four rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench in his first game in more than four months. He missed 58 games due to a whiplash injury suffered in a Nov. 8 scuffle with Denver’s Nikola Jokic.

Towns hit an 11-foot jumper with 3:53 left to give Minnesota the lead for good at 102-100.

The Heat played without Jimmy Butler (toe irritation), Caleb Martin (knee), and Victor Oladipo (knee). Oladipo’s absence was planned after he played in three games in a five-day span for his first games in nearly a year following surgery.

Herro scored 18 of his 21 first-half points during Miami’s 42-point second quarter that helped build a 67-55 halftime lead. Adebayo added 15 first-half points.

Taurean Prince’s 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer gave Minnesota an 89-86 advantage. Malik Beasley scored nine points — three 3-pointers — in the third quarter for the Timberwolves.