Jarrett Culver (23) from Minnesota Timberwolves puts the ball in the basket against Los Angeles Clippers & # 39; JaMychal Green in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, February 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo / Stacy Bengs)
MINNEAPOLIS – Even without D & # 39; Angelo Russell, the new one Minnesota era Timberwolves got off to a flying start.
Malik Beasley made his debut in Minnesota with his first double-double in his career, Jordan McLaughlin scored 24 points in his career and the redesigned Timberwolves celebrated a defeat in 13 games with a 142: 115 win over Los Angeles on Saturday night.
"Amazing man," said Beasley. “First career in a double pack. It doesn't get any better. And a "W" after 13 losses, that's the most important thing right there. "
Beasley, who traveled from Denver as part of the four-team trade on Wednesday, scored 23 points and got 10 rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns just missed a triple double with 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the Timberwolves, who had won for the first time since January 9th.
McLaughlin added 11 assists in his career, while Minnesota had the season's highest score of the season thanks to a franchise record of 26 3-pointers and 39 assists in his season.
"I think my dinner will taste a little better tonight," said Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders. "I could sleep a little more. I'm just happy for this locker room. Above all, I am happy that this organization has a game like today. "
Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and Paul George had 21 for the Clippers, who had a winning streak of three games.
"I just didn't bring it with me," said Leonard. "Can't really explain it. There are no excuses for that. You played harder."
The Timberwolves handled more than half of their roster before Thursday's close. Three separate trades sent out seven players on Wednesday and Thursday and brought eight with them.
Russell, the best-known newcomer, did not play. Russell, who was acquired in a Golden State store on Thursday, prevailed with a right quad bruise.
Minnesota still had a lot to shoot. Ten Timberwolves players beat 3s and set a franchise record. Beasley made a career high seven 3s. Seven Minnesota players scored double-digit hits, including all five starters.
"When the newcomers came into the locker room, they brought a lot of energy," said McLaughlin. "As you could see, it was carried over today."
The Timberwolves shot 15 for 25 from the 3-point range in the first half and took the lead with 81-59. The 81 points were a franchise record for one and a half points and the maximum allowed by the clippers this season for half.
Minnesota led with up to 26 points in the second half. Los Angeles got no closer than 17th
"It was a terrible, terrible effort," said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. "You have surpassed us. They played harder. You were aggressive. You deserve to win. "
Beasley was 6 for 9 against 3 and scored 20 points in the first half. At the end of the second quarter, he scored 11 points in a 1:18 range.
"I was in the zone," said Beasley. "I couldn't see or hear anyone. It just felt good. I had great teammates who gave me the ball and set up screens for me."
Clippers: Forward Marcus Morris, who was acquired in a New York trade on Thursday, did not play. Guard Patrick Beverly missed the game with an injury to the right groin. … The game was the beginning of a road trip for Los Angeles with four games. Amir Coffey, who played at the University of Minnesota, scored four points in 11 minutes.
Timberwolves: Forward Jake Layman missed his 37th game in a row with a sprain in his left toe. Forward Evan Turner, who was won in the four-team trade on Wednesday, is not on the team. … Russell spoke before the tip in front of the crowd. Minnesota's nine three-point mark in the first quarter was a franchise record for a quarter.
McLaughlin has a two-way contract. With Jeff Teague and Shabazz Napier waiting for the Timberwolves debut, McLaughlin was the only real point guard on Saturday. His career in points and assists reached a team high in 37 minutes.
"The league is full of opportunities," said McLaughlin. “If you get this opportunity, you have to use the moment. That's what I'm trying to do, just go in there, play hard, play for my teammates, and try to play games. "
Clippers: Sunday in Cleveland. Los Angeles has won the last three meetings.
Timberwolves: On Monday in Toronto. The Raptors have won the last four meetings.
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