Boston plays Minnesota following Brown's 43-point performance

Boston Celtics (47-22, second in the Eastern Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (35-34, seventh in the Western Conference)

Minneapolis; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Boston visits the Minnesota Timberwolves after Jaylen Brown scored 43 points in the Celtics' 111-109 loss to the Houston Rockets.

The Timberwolves are 20-16 in home games. Minnesota ranks fifth in the Western Conference with 15.1 fast break points per game led by Anthony Edwards averaging 3.6.

The Celtics are 21-13 in road games. Boston is sixth in the Eastern Conference with 14.0 fast break points per game led by Brown averaging 4.4.

The teams square off for the second time this season. The Celtics won 121-109 in the last meeting on Dec. 24. Brown led the Celtics with 36 points, and Edwards led the Timberwolves with 30 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Edwards is averaging 24.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.7 steals for the Timberwolves. Mike Conley is averaging 2.1 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

Jayson Tatum is averaging 30.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists for the Celtics. Brown is averaging 24.6 points over the last 10 games for Boston.

LAST 10 GAMES: Timberwolves: 5-5, averaging 115.6 points, 43.0 rebounds, 26.9 assists, 9.2 steals and 6.9 blocks per game while shooting 49.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.8 points per game.

Celtics: 5-5, averaging 116.9 points, 45.0 rebounds, 25.7 assists, 6.6 steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 47.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.0 points.

INJURIES: Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns: out (calf), Jaylen Nowell: out (knee), Austin Rivers: out (back).

Celtics: Payton Pritchard: out (heel), Robert Williams III: out (hamstring), Danilo Gallinari: out (knee).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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