Although it may very well change after tonight’s Final Four match-ups, last night’s Minnesota-Miami game is the frontrunner for basketball game of the week. The two east coast powerhouses were dead even through regulation and the first OT, but the Timberwolves finally pulled away with a 122-121 win thanks to a clutch free throw from Corey Brewer. The King and Co. were in top form, with LeBron netting 34 points and Mario Chalmers chipping in a season-high 24, but it just wasn’t enough to stop Minnesota’s deep roster. Chase Budinger (picutred, right) had a huge night for the Wolves with 24 points, 4 boards, and 4 assists, while Kevin Love (left) added 28. But the most interesting stat of the night is that the Heat fell to 2-4 in overtime games this season, a stark contrast to their 5-1 OT record last year.
Around the league, Michael Carter-Williams had a strong showing as Philadelphia was able to pick up a rare win in Boston and Jeff Teague led Atlanta to a blowout win over the Cavs.
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Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.