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NBA notebook: Timberwolves snap 13-game losing skid

Minnesota Timberwolves' Malik Beasley smiles on the court after hitting a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday in Minneapolis. Beasley made a career high seven 3-pointers in his Minnesota debut. [AP Photo/Stacy Bengs]
Minnesota Timberwolves' Malik Beasley smiles on the court after hitting a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday in Minneapolis. Beasley made a career high seven 3-pointers in his Minnesota debut. [AP Photo/Stacy Bengs]

Jordan McLaughlin scored a career-high 24 points, Malik Beasley added 23 in his Minnesota debut and the new-look Timberwolves snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 142-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

Karl-Anthony Towns just missed a triple-double with 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the Timberwolves, who won for the first time since Jan. 9. McLaughlin added a career-high 11 assists as Minnesota scored its highest point total of the season thanks to a franchise-record 26 3-pointers.

Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and Paul George had 21 for the Clippers, who had a three-game win streak snapped.

The Timberwolves turned over more than half their roster before Thursday's trade deadline. Three separate trades Wednesday and Thursday sent out seven players and brought in eight.

The most high-profile addition, point guard D'Angelo Russell, did not play. Russell, who was acquired in a trade with Golden State on Thursday, sat out with a right quad contusion.

Minnesota still had plenty of shooting. Ten Timberwolves players hit 3s, setting a franchise record. Beasley, who arrived in a four-team trade Wednesday, made a career-high seven 3s.

BUCKS 112, MAGIC 95: Giannis Antetokounmpo nearly had a triple double with 19 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists while falling short of becoming the first player in league history with at least 30 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists in six consecutive games.

RAPTORS 119, NETS 118: Fred VanVleet scored 10 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Pascal Siakam added 20 points, including the tiebreaking free throw with 22 seconds remaining, and Toronto extended its franchise-record winning streak to 14.

PELICANS 124, PACERS 117: Jrue Holiday scored 14 of his 31 points in the final 2:26, including a go-ahead 3-pointer, and New Orleans handed Indiana its fifth straight loss. Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson missed the game for the Pelicans because of ankle sprains.

MAVERICKS 116, HORNETS 100: Seth Curry scored 26 points in his return to Charlotte, making his first 10 shots from the field including six 3-pointers, as Dallas snapped a two-game losing streak.

KNICKS 95, PISTONS 92: Julius Randle scored 17 points, including a bank shot with 13.5 seconds left that helped New York secure its fourth straight victory.

Tip-in

The Los Angeles Clippers waived guard Isaiah Thomas on Saturday, two days after acquiring him as part of a three-team trade.

The move had been expected since Thursday's deal with the Wizards and Knicks.

Thomas has averaged 18.1 points and 5.0 assists during his career with seven NBA teams. The 31-year-old guard was drafted by Sacramento out of the University of Washington in 2011.

Wire reports

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<strong>Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots over Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz (20) during Saturday's game in, Orlando, Fla. [AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.]</strong>

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots over Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz (20) during Saturday's game in, Orlando, Fla. [AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.]

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