The Timberwolves accomplished a 4-recreation sweep of the season collection, having crushed the Pelicans by a mean of thirteen.three factors. Minnesota gained its twelfth consecutive house recreation and improved its house report to 22-6.
Karl-Anthony Cities added 22 factors and sixteen rebounds, Andrew Wiggins scored 15 factors, Tyus Jones had 15 and Taj Gibson scored 12.
Anthony Davis, who had forty three factors and 10 rebounds in a 114-one hundred victory at Oklahoma Metropolis on Friday, led New Orleans with 38 factors, and he grabbed 9 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic got here off the bench to play in his first recreation because the Pelicans acquired him in a commerce with Chicago on Thursday, scoring 18 factors and grabbing 12 rebounds. Cheick Diallo had 10 factors and 10 rebounds.
Butler, who scored eight factors within the last 4 minutes of the primary half to assist the Timberwolves take a thirteen-level halftime lead, scored seven as Minnesota took a seventy eight-fifty seven lead early within the third quarter.
Mirotic scored eight factors and Davis had seven, as New Orleans obtained inside eleven earlier than Cities scored the Timberwolves’ final 5 factors to take a ninety five-eighty one lead after three quarters.
The Pelicans received inside 10 on a Mirotic layup earlier than 5 factors by Jones helped Minnesota take a a hundred and five-89 lead with 7:forty four remaining. The lead by no means shrunk to fewer than 10 factors after that.
The Timberwolves scored the primary 9 factors of the sport and constructed a 26-eight cushion as Cities scored eleven factors.
The Pelicans then made a push over the past half of the primary quarter. Davis scored thirteen and Mirotic received his first area objective as New Orleans closed inside 37-29 on the finish of the interval.
Mirotic’s basket began the second-quarter scoring earlier than Minnesota created extra separation. Jones scored eight factors, and the Timberwolves took a forty nine-33 lead.
Ian Clark scored 5 factors, because the Pelicans acquired inside 10 earlier than Butler scored eight and Minnesota took a sixty six-fifty three lead into halftime.