Veterans Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade gave the young Minnesota Timberwolves a 96-84 beating Thursday night to net their third victory overall and first road vicotry of the 2015-2016 NBA season.
All five starters finished in double-figure scoring for Miami underscoring the excellent balanced attack for the Heat. Wade top-scored with 25 points and added 5 rebounds and 3 assists while Bosh had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The Timberwolves, which remained winless at home with the loss and dropped to 2-2 overall, had all of their starting five struggling in the scoring department.
Andrew Wiggins missed 13-of-18 shots for just 12 points and the rest of the starters combined to shoot 6-of-23 from the field for just 17 points. Ricky Rubio, who scored in double figures in his first three games of the year, settled for just 9 points but added 5 assists and 3 steals.
Wiggins, who played a total of 31 minutes, is shooting just 30 percent and is just 1-of-9 from behind the arc for the young NBA season.
While the Timberwolves starters struggled for most of the night, their bench players had good contributions. Kevin Martin and Shabazz Muhammad added 14 points each while Gorgui Dieng had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.
The Heat’s balanced offense also featured Goran Dragic (18 points on 7-of-13 FGs), Luol Deng (10 points and 4 rebounds) and Hassan Whiteside (12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists).
Miami takes on the Indiana Pacers Friday before a long six-game home stand while Minnesota takes the road and face the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks in their next two games.