PHOENIX (AP) — The short-handed Phoenix Suns closed out their home season with a victory Friday and looked toward their final two games, which they need to win to match last year's 21...
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That was fine with Booker, because he knew it meant his teammates would...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams is close to etching his name in the record book as the NBA's career leader in points off the bench.
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Suns snap 17-game slide, top reeling Heat 124-121
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Suns use big 3rd quarter to beat Knicks for 3rd in a row
NEW YORK (AP) — A 4-24 record didn't discourage the Phoenix Suns, so a seven-point halftime deficit certainly wouldn't.
The young Suns wiped away the second one, and insist they'll keep chipping away at the first.
"We're building," guard Devin Booker said. "We're getting better every game."
Booker tied his season high with 38 points, T.J. Warren scored 17 of his 26 during Phoenix's 41-point third quarter and the Suns beat the New York Knicks 128-110 on Monday night for their third straight victory.
Vucevic powers Magic over Suns 99-85
PHOENIX (AP) — Nikola Vucevic knew he faced a challenge against Phoenix Suns rookie Deandre Ayton in the post on Friday night. He also knew he'd have an advantage on offense.
Vucevic deployed his veteran experience against this year's top overall draft pick and finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds as the Orlando Magic defeated the Suns 99-85.
Crawford’s last-second shot lifts Suns past Bucks, 116-114
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Phoenix Suns didn't look like the team with the second-worst record in the NBA in facing Milwaukee.
The Suns turned the tables on the league's second-best team, controlling the game from the outset and withstanding a late rally, defeating the Bucks 116-114 on Friday night on Jamal Crawford's jumper with 0.8 seconds left.
The victory gave the Suns their first road win of the season.
Suns sign G Jamal Crawford to 1-year contract
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have officially announced the signing of veteran guard Jamal Crawford.
Wednesday's announcement ahead of the team's season opener against Dallas came two days after there were multiple reports that Crawford and the Suns had agreed to a one-year deal.
The 38-year-old Crawford is entering his 19th NBA season and has a career average of 15 points per game. He averaged 10.3 points in 80 games with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season.
Timberwolves veteran guard Jamal Crawford deemed the season that just was a success while young star Andrew Wiggins chose to call it an improvement instead.
By whatever evaluation, the Wolves 47-victory regular season and first-round, five-game playoff loss to Houston were important experiences for a franchise that hadnt made the postseason since 2004.
With his first-round playoff series against Houston now 3-1, Timberwolves veteran guard Jamal Crawford has been here before.
Only on the other side.
Crawfords Los Angeles Clippers thumped this same Rockets franchise at home by 25 and 33 points while taking a 3-1 series lead in the 2015 playoffs second round and led by 19 points late in the third quarter of a closeout Game 6 they lost by 12.
If Crawford learned anything from living through such an epic collapse, its that stuff happens.
Suddenly, the Timberwolves locker room is filling with nicknames. One teammate was calling Karl-Anthony Towns Jebediah after Towns described himself as Amish-like. The Wolves have Jimmy Buckets, J Crossover and now a new contender:
Jeffs game thrives off emotion, Jamal Crawford said. Dont let that smooth taste fool you.
It had been 14 years since the Minnesota Timberwolves played host to a playoff game. They have found their point guards to be less filling for almost that long.
HOUSTON – In case you’ve forgotten these past 14 years, the NBA playoffs are all about adjusting from one game to the next.
After Game 1 of a first-round playoff series against Houston, the question is how much more the Timberwolves will feature All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns than they did Sunday, which wasn’t much.
Who’s responsible for Timberwolves not getting Karl-Anthony Towns more shots vs. Rockets?
In the aftermath of the Wolves 104-101 loss to the Rockets on Sunday, there were a lot of big opinions.
You could trash the Wolves for letting a winnable game slip away against a Rockets team that did not shoot up to its standards. You could be encouraged by the Wolves fight and defensive strategy in a competitive game. You could loudly scream that there are NO MORAL VICTORIES.
Tom Thibodeau, Timberwolves turned to veterans to help end playoff drought
HOUSTON Reputations sometimes die hard, and so it is for a Timberwolves team that drafted lottery pick after lottery pick during a 14-year playoff drought that finally ends Sunday night in Houston.
But make no mistake about the Wolves even after they chose to go forward with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins as their foundation for the future.
The four veterans brought in by Timberwolves coach/boss Tom Thibodeau before the start of the 2017-18 season have proved to be sizable assets.
Jimmy Butler is a hard-nosed star and a character likely to say anything, in the manner of Kevin Garnett. Taj Gibson is also hard-nosed and a better player than I imagined.
Jamal Crawford still has it as a shooter and has lived up to his reputation as one of NBAs great guys. Jeff Teague has a quiet manner and has put together a good season.
Towns, Crawford help Wolves edge Mavs 93-92
DALLAS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns was ready to set the pick to free Jamal Crawford for the game-clinching shot.
Crawford waved him off and made the shot anyway.
Towns had 21 points and 20 rebounds, Crawford scored 24 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the Dallas Mavericks 93-92 on Friday night to gain ground in the tight Western Conference playoff race.
Crawford scored 13 in the fourth quarter, none bigger than his 17-footer with 9.6 seconds left to put his team up by four.
DALLAS There were air balls. Lots of them. At times, the Timberwolves offense looked so dysfunctional it needed a therapist.
Against another non-playoff team, with everything on the line, the Timberwolves came out with their worst first quarter of the season, were still shooting under 35 percent at halftime.
Under the weather but not quite over the moon, Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns claimed he didn’t know just what he had done in Wednesday night’s 126-114 victory over Atlanta until coach Tom Thibodeau had delivered his postgame comments to players and locker-room attendants began collecting sweaty jerseys for laundering.
That’s when teammate Jamal Crawford suggested Towns keep his.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeaus commitment to a three-guard lineup that featured newly signed Derrick Rose over the past three games affirms he believes the star he once coached in Chicago remains a genuine NBA talent.
Its also an investment aimed to pay off in the playoffs, if a Wolves team now 4-5 without injured All-Star Jimmy Butler reach them for the first time since 2004, of course.
After all of the dramatic moves, all of the measurable improvements, the Timberwolves find themselves on a familiar path. They are a terrible defensive team in danger of missing the playoffs.
A 129-120 loss to Houston on Sunday night at Target Center left them eighth in the Western Conference standings, meaning the Wolves are a bad week away from burying themselves in the playoff race, or one good week away from a mismatch with the Rockets or Golden State in the first round.
Before Sundays game with the Rockets at Target Center, Timbewolves guard Jimmy Butler talked anxiously about his return, certain his team would be in the playoff mix when he returned either near the end of the regular season or for the playoffs.
Down 25 points 2 minutes into the second half, the Wolves rallied to within five late, but ultimately fell 129-120 to Houston.
SAN ANTONIO - One time zone away, referees ejected Phoenixs Jared Dudley and Marquese Criss after each shoved down Utahs Ricky Rubio. And the Suns are nearly 20 games out of the playoffs.
Its that time of year, Wolves veteran guard Jamal Crawford said.
Its a time of year when veteran forward Taj Gibson said he has seen the look change in the eyes of both young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins after the Wolves lost consecutive games at Portland and Utah two weeks ago.
Thursdays opponent, the Boston Celtics, already have traveled the road onto which the Timberwolves veered when four-time All Star Jimmy Butler went down clutching his knee in Houston last month.
The Celtics lost their own All Star, max-contract signee Gordon Hayward, after he sustained a gruesome fractured ankle on opening night in October.
HOUSTON Minutes after the Timberwolves 120-102 loss at Houston ended, Rockets superstar James Harden was at the visiting teams locker room, seeking to visit injured four-time All-Star and U.S. Olympian Jimmy Butler.
Harden and teammate Chris Paul were among the many Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau and Butlers teammates who surrounded him after Butler collapsed to the court after planting his right leg as he went to pass the ball. He suffered a knee injury.
For everyone but Karl-Anthony Towns who played in his first NBA All-Star Game on Sunday it has been more than a week since the last time anyone on the Timberwolves roster played a game.
Andrew Wiggins’ improvement hasn’t kept up with Wolves’
The Timberwolves defeated the Lakers 119-111 on Thursday, giving them a 36-25 record at the All-Star break.
Jimmy Butler filled up the stat sheet, finishing with 24 points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots in 41 minutes. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 19 rebounds to go with 10 points, four assists and two blocks.
Wolves happy being third in the West but have a tough schedule coming up
Jamal Crawford, on his way back home to Seattle for a few days, stressed the positive after the Wolves victory over Los Angeles on Thursday night. One locker over, Jimmy Butler, about to board a plane to Los Angeles for this weekends All-Star Game, took a different path, stressing what the Wolves had not done so far.
Not long after their practice Monday at Mayo Clinic Square, Timberwolves players Karl-Anthony Towns, Jamal Crawford and Cole Aldrich returned to the court for an entirely different kind of session.
His field-goal percentage down from his career average but his three-point percentage up, Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague is scoring 12.7 points per game, his lowest average since 2011-12.
He considered himself a scoring point guard the six seasons since then, but times change and teams change, and Teague said he has changed for the common good as a facilitator and playmaker alongside such other scorers as Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jamal Crawford.
ATLANTA Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau called for starting point guard Jeff Teague to finish Saturdays game, but Teague never did, for a reason you might not expect.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Teague told his coach to leave reserve Tyus Jones on the floor because Jones and Jamal Crawford had helped rebuild a double-digit lead over Brooklyn.
Every game, Jamal Crawford warms up only to cool back down again.
He will fire up dozens of shots before the game, then take a seat until he enters, which is usually late in the first quarter. Even in Crawfords 18th NBA season, trying to stay warm while sitting on the bench still has not become routine.
The Wolves on Thursday lost to the Warriors without Jimmy Butler, who missed his fourth consecutive game because of a sore knee. He warmed up before the game and before deciding he wasnt ready to play.
His team won games against Toronto and the L.A. Clippers without him but wilted in the third quarter of Wednesdays 123-114 loss at Portland when the Blazers outscored the Wolves 43-30.
Wiggins carries Timberwolves to 126-118 win over Clippers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Playing short-handed, the Minnesota Timberwolves grew up a bit.
Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points and Jeff Teague added 30 to help them hang on for a 126-118 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night that snapped the Wolves' four-game road skid.
Without injured Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford, the Timberwolves overcame 56 percent shooting by the Clippers and made 33 of 39 free throws — led by Teague's 16 of 17 — to win for the seventh time in nine games.
Shorthanded Timberwolves, Andrew Wiggins rise to the challenge and beat Raptors
The news came down about an hour before game time. No Jimmy Butler on Saturday night. No Jamal Crawford.
Wooed by Cleveland and superstar LeBron James last summer, veteran guard and three-time Sixth Man of the Year winner Jamal Crawford chose to sign with the Timberwolves.
Monday, he said that all likely would have changed had the Cavaliers trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston for Isaiah Thomas happened in early July rather than late August.
Timberwolves beat Lakers 121-104 for first Christmas win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves got their first-ever Christmas victory, and with the way things are coming together, it could be the first of many showcase wins.
Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points and 10 rebounds and the Timberwolves beat the Los Angeles Lakers 121-104 on Monday night.
Suddenly, Shabazz Muhammad’s not playing for Wolves
Their most energetic, productive player way back when the Timberwolves held training camp in San Diego, reserve forward Shabazz Muhammad has all but disappeared from coach Tom Thibdoeaus rotation recently.
Thibodeau addressed an underperforming and/or underused bench by shortening it and relied mainly upon veteran Jamal Crawford and big man Gorgui Dieng while reserve forward Nemanja Bjelicas foot injury lingers.
When Jamal Crawford banked in a desperation three-pointer from 38 feet away for the Wolves at the end of the first quarter of their game last week at New Orleans, it was a milestone shot on a couple of fronts.
First, it was particularly satisfying for anyone associated with the Wolves to watch Crawford make a desperation heave for Minnesota instead of against it because the 37-year-old veteran has burned the Wolves multiple times in the past.
NEW ORLEANS The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros played one Game 7 baseball game Wednesday night to win the World Series.
Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau has been there, done that.
Not for a World Series championship, of course.
Instead, he coached one Game 7 when he was a Houston assistant, one Game 7 when he was Chicagos head coach and four when he was Bostons associate head coach to Doc Rivers.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said Monday that he is ready to commit nearly $150 million to Andrew Wiggins with a max-level extension of his rookie contract. Before he does so, Taylor wants to sit down face-to-face with Wiggins to hear the former No. 1 overall pick commit to the franchise in a similar fashion.
Hawks waive center Diamond Stone 3 weeks after trade
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have waived center Diamond Stone, only three weeks he was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a three-team trade.
Stone's 2017-18 contract for $1,312,611 is guaranteed.
Stone averaged 9 points and 3.5 rebounds in four games with Atlanta's Las Vegas summer league team following the July 7 trade.
Crawford picks Timberwolves over Cavs, Warriors
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At 37 years old and having never played in the NBA Finals, Jamal Crawford certainly could have gone ring chasing when he received a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks.
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, who have met in the last three finals, were both interested in the veteran scorer. LeBron James was calling Crawford personally to recruit him to Cleveland.
So naturally, Crawford chose ... the Minnesota Timberwolves?
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves were in desperate need of a scorer off the bench. Jamal Crawford has made a living doing just that.
Crawford reached agreement with the Timberwolves on a two-year deal Saturday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he cannot be signed until he clears waivers.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have waived Jamal Crawford after agreeing to a buyout of his contract.
The Hawks acquired the three-time Sixth Man of the Year from the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday in a three-team trade that included Denver. With the Hawks apparently entering a rebuilding era, Crawford will be able to sign with a contending team if he's not claimed.
DENVER (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers acquired sharp-shooting forward Danilo Gallinari from Denver as part of a three-team trade that also involved Atlanta on Thursday.
In the swap, Los Angeles sent Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone, cash considerations and a protected 2018 first-round pick to the Hawks. The Nuggets receive a 2019 second-round pick from Atlanta.