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Wolves top Nets in OT, Irving scores 50 but misses last shot

Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 points and 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves.
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Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan (6) watches as Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) releases a 3-point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Kyrie Irving scored 50 points in a record-setting Nets debut, but lost his balance and missed a potential winning shot that allowed the Minnesota Timberwolves to pull out a 127-126 victory over Brooklyn in overtime Wednesday night.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, and Andrew Wiggins finished with 21 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:19 remaining.

Irving had the ball in his hands with a chance to cap his dazzling debut with a victory, following a Nets timeout. He ran the clock down and then began his drive, but lost his balance near the foul line. He retained his dribble, got up and shot, but his jumper missed.

After signing with the Nets in July, Irving broke Kiki Vandeweghe's record for most points by a player in his first game with a team. Vandeweghe scored 47 for Portland at Kansas City on Oct. 27, 1984.

Irving finished with eight rebounds and seven assists. Caris LeVert added 20 points.

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