MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: T-Wolves top heat in double OT
MIAMI (SportsNetwork.com) - Corey Brewer sank the winning free throw with 1.8 seconds remaining in the second overtime, as the Minnesota Timberwolves topped the short-handed Miami Heat, 122-121, Friday night.
Kevin Love had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who snapped a seven-game skid against the Heat. Love also played a big part defensively for the visitors, as he pressured Ray Allen's final shot, which was off the mark. Chase Budinger totaled 24 points and Ricky Rubio contributed 13 points and 14 assists for the Timberwolves, who have won two in a row and four of their last six games.
LeBron James had 34 points and eight boards for Miami, which is locked in a virtual tie with Indiana atop the Eastern Conference. Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers each scored 24 for the Heat, which played without Dwyane Wade (strained left hamstring) and Greg Oden (back spasms). The Heat is percentage points ahead of Indiana. Miami, which had a four-game winning streak broken, tied the contest at 121 on Bosh's quick 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 10.8 seconds left. The Timberwolves then tried to get the ball to Brewer near the basket, but he was fouled by Norris Cole. Brewer converted his first free throw, but missed the second. Allen, under pressure from Love, missed a high-arcing shot at the buzzer.
Nick Swisher clubbed a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Cleveland Indians went on to post a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. Swisher added an RBI double in a four-run seventh for Cleveland, which opened the season by taking two of three from the Athletics in Oakland. Indians starter Danny Salazar settled down after giving up two first-inning runs in the no-decision. He gave up seven hits, walked three and struck out four in 5 2/3 innings. Josh Outman (1-0) picked up the win in relief.T he start of Friday's home opener at Progressive Field was delayed 2 hours, 13 minutes due to rain. Once play got underway, it took the Indians a while to heat up as Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey (0-1) was perfect through four innings. Carlos Santana led off the fifth with a double for Cleveland's initial hit, and Yan Gomes ended the shutout the next inning with a leadoff home run to center field. Reliever Casey Fien retired the next two batters to end the sixth, but the Indians extended their lead against the Minnesota bullpen. Nyjer Morgan hit an RBI single and Michael Brantley ripped a two-run single after Swisher's RBI-double. Brian Dozier had three hits for the Twins, who were coming off a series loss in Chicago against the White Sox. He doubled to begin the game and scored on Josh Willingham's sacrifice fly. Chris Colabello followed with a home run to right-center.