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Towns Has 27-27 Game To Lead Wolves Past Pelicans, 110-106


With 27 points and a career-high 27 rebounds, the most in the NBA this season, Towns helped the Timberwolves fend off Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans for a 110-106 victory on Saturday night, the first at home for interim head coach Ryan Saunders.


“We need him to set the tone for us, and we’ve got to follow his lead,” said Jones, who took the final 17½ minutes at point guard for the ailing Jeff Teague.


Jones and Dario Saric each added 14 points on 2-for-3 shooting from 3-point range off the bench to help offset a 7-for-33 performance behind the arc by the rest of the team.


This was a critical game for the Wolves, coming off a four-point loss to Dallas here the night before and facing some serious catching up to do in the relentless Western Conference race in order to return to the playoffs.


The Wolves played without second-leading scorer Derrick Rose, who has missed all three games against the Pelicans this season, for precaution on the second of the back-to-back nights because of his return on Friday from a six-game absence to a sprained right ankle.


“I’m sure Cal uses this as a recruiting tool,” Gentry said, “but you’re playing against great Kentucky players every night in this league so it’s not a big deal to those guys.”






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