Towns made his All-Star presence felt when it mattered most, swishing a 3-pointer with 5:54 left to give the Wolves a 99-92 edge for their largest lead since early in the second quarter.
Come back later to startribune.com/sports for a complete report on the game. Golden State covered as a 13-point favorite and the game finished with a total of 239 points, which was 9.5 points above the projected point total of 229.5 points. Towns had 14 points in the fourth quarter, including three big baskets over the final 2 1/2 minutes.
Thanks in large part to Towns' work on the court, the Timberwolves' chances of making the postseason had increased following an impressive 109-103 victory over the defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors before a sold out and raucous crowd of 18,978 at Target Center.
Thompson sprained his right thumb during the game, the Warriors said, and backup Nick Young bruised his left hip. Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points as the Jazz won their sixth in a row.
Anthony Davis returned from a one-game absence caused by a sprained ankle to play on his 25th birthday and lead New Orleans with 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks.
Minnesota ranks first in steals allowed per game (6.3) while Golden State ranks 29th (8.8).
Draymond Green flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The team needs work on defensive rebounds per game (#27), blocks per game (#23) and three point percentage (#19).
76ERS 120, NETS 97: Joel Embiid scored 21 points, Robert Covington added 19 and Philadelphia won at NY.
D'Angelo Russell scored 26 points but had little help as the Nets lost for the 17th time in 20 games since January 21.
The Raptors had no letdown after edging NBA-leading Houston on Friday in a matchup of the No. 1 teams in each conference, leading much of the game even with DeMar DeRozan shooting just 4 of 16 for nine points.