Surging Timberwolves cruise past Pistons

The Minnesota Timberwolves led the Detroit Pistons wire-to-wire, and used an 18-0, second-quarter run that gave them a comfortable lead for much of a 119-100 blowout win, Tuesday in Detroit.Anthony Edwards continued his push for the 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year with 22 points for Minnesota (22-47), which won its second straight and sixth in the last nine.Karl-Anthony Towns scored a game-high 28 points, including nine in the game’s first 5:55 to set the tone.The Timberwolves jumped to an early lead that grew to as many as 12 points in the first quarter and ballooned to 24 points on the strength of Minnesota’s 18-0 eruption before intermission. The Timberwolves’ lead reached 27 points in the second half.Detroit (20-50) never came closer than 16 points after the game-deciding run, which was the result of a 5:23 Pistons scoring drought.Detroit committed 28 turnovers, which Minnesota converted into 34 points. The Timberwolves also had advantages of 22-14 in fast-break points and 56-50 points in the paint to compensate for a 14 of 48 3-point shooting night.Minnesota shot 62 percent inside the 3-point arc at 31 of 50.D’Angelo Russell scored 15 points and dished a game-high 10 assists for Minnesota, while Ricky Rubio added 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the floor.

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