LAS VEGAS – Tyus Jones hit two free throws with 0.4 seconds left and the Timberwolves advanced to the semifinals of the NBA Summer League tournament, beating top-seeded Toronto 81-79 on Saturday.
The Wolves won their third game in a row, all in the tournament, after starting play in Las Vegas 0-3. The three victories have all come without first-round draft pick Kris Dunn, who again sat out with a concussion suffered last Sunday after he got hit in the jaw by the Raptors’ Jakob Poeltl in Toronto’s 82-80 victory.
In Saturday’s rematch, the Wolves trailed 70-63 before going on a 9-0 run, but Toronto tied the score with 20.2 seconds left on Norman Powell’s off-balance three-pointer.
The Wolves didn’t take a timeout right away on their ensuing possession, with Jones trying to drive to the basket. The ball was knocked out of bounds with 1.1 seconds left, and after a Wolves timeout they found Jones in the left corner.
Jones didn’t get a shot off right away, but with Toronto’s Yanick Moreira jumping out at him, Jones stuck out his right leg as he jumped and officials whistled the Raptors for a foul, giving the Apple Valley High School product two free throws.
“He was flying out with only a second left,” Jones told ESPN after the game. “I didn’t catch it clean, so it would have been a terrible shot. Luckily, I got the call.”
Xavier Silas finished with 22 points, Jones had 21 points and eight assists and Adreian Payne had 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Wolves will play Phoenix at 5 p.m. Sunday.