Timberwolves beat Warriors after early ejections in tourney game


Karl-Anthony Towns scored 11 of his game-high 33 points in the fourth quarter, Mike Conley buried a lead-extending 3-pointer with 9.6 seconds remaining and the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the Golden State Warriors 104-101 on Tuesday night in San Francisco in a game marred by three ejections.

Warriors stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels were all kicked out of the contest.

The trio of ejections occurred just 1:43 into the game, when Thompson and McDaniels grabbed a hold of each other’s jersey on their way down the court after Anthony Edwards missed a 3-pointer.

Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert was one of the first to separate the two, but in doing so, prompted Green to retaliate by placing the Minnesota big man in a headlock.

Shortly thereafter, the referees, after conferring with the NBA review officials in New Jersey, decided to eject Thompson, McDaniels and Green.