MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Jaden McDaniels scored a season-high 22 points off the bench and the Timberwolves routed the shorthanded Utah Jazz 126- 106 Sunday night.
Towns caught fire in the third quarter, scoring 16 consecutive points as Wolves extended their four-point halftime lead to 17 early in the fourth quarter. McDaniels’ 22 points came on a perfect 9-of-9 shot, including 3-of-3 from deep.
Utah didn’t have much of an answer for Towns. The Wolves big man notched his 10th assist late in the fourth quarter from a 3-point corner from Jordan McLaughlin. It was his second career triple-double.
“The assists obviously come from my teammates, so it’s a credit to them,” Towns said. “They’re the reason it happened tonight.”
Towns’ triple-double was the 37th in Wolves history and the first since Shabazz Napier in 2020. Towns’ other triple-double came against Denver in 2016.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 goals and Mike Conley 22 for Utah, which lost its fifth straight year.
Playing without Donovan Mitchell (concussion) and Rudy Gobert (sprained left calf), the Jazz suffered another setback when veteran forward Joe Ingles left the game in the second quarter with a left knee injury. Ingles’ left leg buckled as he headed for the basket with 5:52 remaining. The Target Center crowd remained silent as Jazz teammates and staff surrounded Ingles.
Ingles was eventually helped off the field but put no weight on his left leg. The seven-year veteran was averaging 7.4 points per game for Utah this season. The team announced he will have a knee MRI on Monday in Salt Lake City.
“I feel bad for him,” said Utah assistant head coach Alex Jensen, who was replacing head coach Quin Snyder because Snyder was in health and safety protocols. “I hope it’s better than we all think.”
Mitchell, Utah’s leading scorer, missed his seventh straight game and Gobert was eliminated for his fourth straight game.
“No excuses. We had good times,” Jensen said. “We put a lot of guys in situations they weren’t used to.”
Led by Towns, Minnesota outscored Utah 40-27 in the third quarter. The Timberwolves shot 64 percent (16 of 25) from the floor in the third. McDaniels added eight of his 22 points in the third.
Minnesota was also without a few key players: point guard D’Angelo Russell missed his second game with a bruised left shin, and Patrick Beverley was sidelined with a sprained right ankle.
McDaniels came off the bench on Sunday after starting Wolves’ last four games. He was a team record plus-24 against Utah, giving Minnesota a spark off the bench after Wolves returned from a grueling road trip that included losses to Golden State and Phoenix.
“I just said to him, ‘You’re not a shooter. You’re a basketball player. So go play some basketball and the shots will go,’ Wolves coach Chris Finch said. “I thought that resonated with him, because he is a basketball player. He knows how to do a bit of everything. »
Jazz: Danuel House Jr. was absent on Sunday due to health and safety protocols. House signed his third 10-day contract with Utah on Friday and is averaging 8.3 points per game for the Jazz.
Timberwolves: Ahead of Sunday’s game, Minnesota recalled Leandro Bolmaro from the G League Iowa Wolves. Bolmaro has played 24 games for Minnesota this year.
Jazz: Utah starts a six-game homestand on Wednesday when they host Denver.
Timberwolves: Minnesota hosts Denver on Tuesday.
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