Credit: Reuters - Scanpix
Credit Reuters - Scanpix

Led by D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns, who both played less than 20 minutes, the Minnesota Timberwolves won 117-114 (28-25, 17-40, 33-29, 36-23) against the New Orleans Pelicans in their pre-season debut. 

Despite the final score, the Timberwolves were in control for most of the game, and they looked much better than New Orleans. Minnesota scored 40 points in the second quarter and finished the first half up by 20 points. 

The Pelicans tried a comeback in the final quarter, cutting down the lead all the way to just 2 points, but in the end, they couldn't finish what they started. 

D'Angelo Russell finished with 19 points and 5 assists, while Karl-Anthony Towns had 15 points and 7 rebounds.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker was the top scorer for the Pelicans with 22 points, while Trey Murphy had 21 points.

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