Derrick Rose scored a career-high 50 points, including the go-ahead basket with 30 seconds left, to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 128-125 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night in Minneapolis.
Rose shot 19 of 31 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Karl-Anthony Towns added 28 points and 16 rebounds for the Timberwolves, and Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points.
Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points while Rudy Gobert added 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Jazz. Jae Crowder contributed 18 points for Utah, which took its first road loss of the season after winning four straight away from home.
Rose’s performance offset the absence of starters Jeff Teague and Jimmy Butler, who both sat out of the game. Teague sat due to a sore left knee, while Butler was rested. Rose helped Minnesota shoot 58.1 percent from the floor, and his final basket broke a 123-123 tie in the last minute.
Utah had three shots at a tying basket in the final seconds, but Crowder, Joe Ingles and Dante Exum all came up short on 3-point shot attempts.
Sharp shooting helped Minnesota take control in the first half. The Timberwolves shot 59 percent from the field in the first quarter alone and shot 56.5 percent overall before halftime. They were especially effective from the perimeter in the first half — going 8 of 14 from long distance.
Down 65-56 at halftime, Utah made a run in the third quarter when Mitchell scored six consecutive field goals without a miss. His final one in that spurt brought the Jazz to within a point, and they finally took an 87-86 lead when Crowder followed with a layup on the ensuing possession.
The Timberwolves surged back in front 99-91 when Rose bookended a 13-4 run with a pair of baskets. Utah answered that surge with one of its own. The Jazz took a 110-104 lead on a dunk from O’Neale with 7:54 remaining in the game.
—Field Level Media