The Miami Heat were in total control after three quarters. The young Minnesota Timberwolves decided to grow up in the final 12 minutes and delivered another comeback victory to the tune of 103-91 on Tuesday night.
Andrew Wiggins, Zach Lavine and Ricky Rubio played key roles in the fourth quarter when the Timberwolves outscored the Heat, 41-22 to snap their four-game skid and halted the Heat’s three-game winning streak.
The Heat had a 69-62 lead after the third quarter but wasted a triple-double effort from center Hassan Whiteside, who ended up with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. All Miami starters finished in double figure scoring by Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic combined to shoot just 15-of-37 from the field.
Wiggins top-scored for his team with 24 points and added 3 steals while Lavine scored 17 points off the bench. Rubio returned from a four-game absence and finished with 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals while Shabazz Muhammad added 16 points.
The Heat are currently on a seven-game home stand and had won their first three games, against the Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz. Miami aims to return to the win column when they face the Sacramento Kings Thursday.
The Timberwolves have lost their previous four games, to the Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies and will visit the Orlando Magic Wednesday.