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Rose, Towns combine
as ‘Wolves edge Suns


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 yesterday.

"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 four 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 nine assists and nine 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.

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 five 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 three 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.*AFP


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