ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— Karl-Anthony Cities scored 20 factors in 17 minutes, Naz Reid added 16 and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-99 within the first NBA preseason sport of the yr Thursday.
Luka Garza and Shake Milton every scored 12 factors for the Timberwolves, who led by as many as 29 and by no means trailed.
Luka Doncic scored 25 factors in 17 first-half minutes for Dallas, and Jaden Hardy added 13.
Many of the prime gamers from every staff didn’t play within the second half, and Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards didn’t play in any respect. He was held out with an ankle challenge.
It was the primary of two video games that the groups will play in Abu Dhabi, with the rematch on Saturday earlier than the groups return to the U.S.
This journey marks the third time in a yr that NBA gamers have played in Abu Dhabi. The league despatched Atlanta and Milwaukee to the United Arab Emirates for a pair of preseason video games final season, and a variety of NBA gamers took half in a collection of video games within the UAE earlier than this summer season’s World Cup — with the U.S., Greece and eventual World Cup champion Germany all taking part in these exhibitions.