NBA Summer League recap: Wolves top Warriors 78-76 in sudden death
Yep, you read that headline correctly.
C.J. Williams' jumper off the glass in double overtime lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves 78-76 over the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas.
The two teams each scored three points in the first overtime, forcing a "sudden death" second overtime that is decided by the first basket of the period.
And Williams was there to answer.
C.J. Williams wins it for the @Timberwolves! Williams banks it home & gives MIN the victory in double OT.
MIN - 78 / GSW - 76#NBASummer pic.twitter.com/BAXwg0UQYc
— NBA (@NBA) July 12, 2017
Down six points heading into the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves went on a 8-0 run to take the lead. Golden State battled back, but former Dayton guard Charles Cooke was there to beat the buzzer and tie the game 73-73 to send it into overtime.
Charles Cooke beats the buzzer to send the game to overtime! #WolvesInVegaspic.twitter.com/ZJqPS7u77E
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) July 12, 2017
Cooke's basket put him at 13 points on the night. Williams finished with 14 points, six rebounds and three steals. Perry Ellis sunk a trio of 3-pointers on his way to 13 points, and Matt Costello tacked on another solid performance to his resume with 14 points, 15 rebounds and a pair of blocks.
That marked Minnesota's final preliminary game before the Las Vegas tournament begins Wednesday. The Wolves won two out of their three contests.
Starting five: Minnesota started C.J. Williams, Matt Costello and Perry Ellis in the frontcourt, and Levi Randolph and Marcus Paige in the backcourt.
Stat corner: It's not a surprise, but these Warriors aren't the same sharpshooters as their NBA squad. They shot 29.2 percent from the 3-point line, while the Wolves sunk 11 3s. Ellis (3), Paige (3) and Jack Gibbs (2) all made multiple shots from downtown.
Next: The Wolves begin the tournament Wednesday. The bracket is yet to be announced, but these Wolves might have something up their sleeve. Last year, Tyus Jones led the team to the title game.