Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with 30 点和 10 篮板, D’Angelo Russell added 22 points and seven assists, and the Timberwolves were in control from start to finish.
Christian Wood had 16 points and nine rebounds and Eric Gordon added 15 points off the bench for the rebuilding and overmatched Rockets.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the third time in franchise history the Timberwolves had three 20-plus-point scorers on opening night. The star trio went right to work, putting up 26 of Minnesota’s 32 第一节积分.
Towns did his usual damage inside and outside, 包含 12 points during a 32-14 Timberwolves run to close the first half. Edwards had the crowd buzzing every time he touched the ball, and the arena went wild when he hit his fourth 3-pointer of the second quarter for a 72-43 铅. The first overall pick in the 2020 draft yelled in celebration and made multiple mocking timeout signals toward the Houston bench, daring them to try to stop his hot streak.
Edwards came on strong down the stretch of his rookie season, but due to the pandemic there were hardly any people at Target Center to watch him. He clearly thrived in the atmosphere, offering a highlight reel of swishes and dunks to start his second year in the NBA.
Incoming Timberwolves owner Marc Lore, who’s partnering with Alex Rodriguez to buy the club from Glen Taylor, sat courtside in a blue mask and a gray hat and had a blast watching the action. The Timberwolves went 15 对于 36 from 3-point range and, more important, played the kind of intense defense that has been badly missing for several seasons.
Second-year coach Stephen Silas has his hands full with these exceptionally young Rockets, who fell behind by a game-high 35 points early in the fourth quarter. Daniel Theis, 小凯文·波特. and Alperen Sengun each had 11 点数.
Second overall draft pick Jalen Green had nine points, four rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes in his NBA debut.
The last 20-point trio for the Timberwolves in an opener was Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Andrew Wiggins on Oct. 17, 2018. 十月. 31, 1997, they had four players reach that mark: Chris Carr, Kevin Garnett, Tom Gugliotta and Cherokee Parks.
火箭队: 小丹努尔之家. didn’t play for an unspecified personal reason. … 绿色, 搬运工, Theis and Wood were joined in the starting lineup by Jae’Sean Tate at the small forward spot. Tate made 58 starts last season.
森林狼: Patrick Beverley served his one-game suspension for shoving Chris Paul during a timeout 在游戏中 6 of the Western Conference finals, while he was with the Los Angeles Clippers. … With Beverley out, Jordan McLaughlin backed up Russell at point guard. 麦克劳克林 (groin strain) was a game-time decision. … Josh Okogie started at small forward. 他有 37 starts last season.
火箭队: Play their home opener against Oklahoma City on Friday.
森林狼: Stay home for two straight games against New Orleans, on Saturday and Monday.