MIAMI – Making one free throw at the end of regulation wasn’t enough for the Miami Heat, nor was making just one again at the end of the first overtime.
In the second extra session, one made all the difference for Minnesota.
Corey Brewer hit one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds left after getting a call on an awkward-looking play, and that was enough to help the Timberwolves escape a three-hour thriller with a 122-121 victory over the Heat on Friday night.
“Great call,” Brewer said. “He pushed my back.”
Kevin Love scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which got 24 from Chase Budinger, 15 from Gorgui Dieng and 13 apiece from JJ Barea and Ricky Rubio, who also added 14 assists. Referee Ken Mauer called the last foul on Miami’s Norris Cole, who was guarding Brewer near the basket as a pass was coming his way.
“You just want to see the players decide it at the end,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said calmly after the game. “I didn’t get a good look at the replay. . . . Still, we had many more opportunities to close that game out.”
Ray Allen missed a wild jumper as time expired for Miami, which blew a chance to move two games clear of Indiana in the loss column atop the Eastern Conference standings.
“We gutted one out,” Love said. “This was a fun win.”
LeBron James scored 34 points for the Heat, who got a season-high 24 from Mario Chalmers and 24 more from Chris Bosh, including a tying 3-pointer with 10.8 seconds left in the second overtime.
James said he wanted the last shot. It’s the second straight end-of-game play where Miami didn’t go to James when trailing.
“It’s a little frustrating,” James said, wearing a Pharrell Williams-esque mountain hat at his locker after the game. “I’m a little over it right now, but right after the game I was a little frustrated.”
Wizards 90, Knicks 89
In New York, Bradley Beal made the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left and scored 28 points, and Washington took advantage of nine turnovers by Carmelo Anthony to edge the Knicks.
Hawks 117, Cavaliers 98
In Atlanta, Mike Scott ended a scoring slump with 26 points and the Hawks beat Cleveland in a costly setback for the Cavaliers’ late-season playoff push.
Nets 116, Pistons 104
In New York, Shaun Livingston scored 23 points, and Mirza Teletovic made six 3-pointers and added 20.
Raptors 102, Pacers 94
In Toronto, Terrence Ross scored 24 points.
Grizzlies 100, Nuggets 92
In Memphis, Marc Gasol had 24 points and the Grizzlies kept their playoff hopes alive.
76ers 111, Celtics 102
In Boston, Michael Carter-Williams scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.
Bobcats 91, Magic 80
In Charlotte, Al Jefferson had 29 points and 16 rebounds.
Rockets 111, Thunder 107
In Houston, James Harden scored 39 points and the Rockets clinched their second straight playoff berth.
Suns 109, Trail Blazers 93
In Portland, Gerald Green scored 18 of his 32 points in the second half.
Warriors 102, Kings 69
In Oakland, Klay Thompson scored 21 points.
Mavericks 107, Lakers 95
In Los Angeles, Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and nine rebounds.
Bulls 102, Bucks 90
In Chicago, Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich had 17 points apiece to lead seven players in double figures.
Jazz 100, Pelicans 96
In Salt Lake City, Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward each scored 21 points.