- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - Making one free throw at the end of regulation wasn’t enough for the Miami Heat, nor was making just one again at the end of the first overtime.

In the second extra session, one made all the difference for Minnesota.

Corey Brewer hit one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds left after getting a call on an awkward-looking play, and that was enough to help the Timberwolves escape a three-hour thriller with a 122-121 victory over the Heat on Friday night.

“Great call,” Brewer said. “He pushed my back.”

Kevin Love scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which got 24 from Chase Budinger, 15 from Gorgui Dieng and 13 apiece from JJ Barea and Ricky Rubio, who also added 14 assists. Referee Ken Mauer called the last foul on Miami’s Norris Cole, who was guarding Brewer near the basket as a pass was coming his way.

“You just want to see the players decide it at the end,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said calmly after the game. “I didn’t get a good look at the replay. … Still, we had many more opportunities to close that game out.”

Ray Allen missed a wild jumper as time expired for Miami, which blew a chance to move two games clear of Indiana in the loss column atop the Eastern Conference standings.

“We gutted one out,” Love said. “This was a fun win.”

LeBron James scored 34 points for the Heat, who got a season-high 24 from Mario Chalmers and 24 more from Chris Bosh, including a tying 3-pointer with 10.8 seconds left in the second overtime.

James said he wanted the last shot. It’s the second straight end-of-game play where Miami didn’t go to James when trailing.

“It’s a little frustrating,” James said, wearing a Pharrell Williams-esque mountain hat at his locker after the game. “I’m a little over it right now, but right after the game I was a little frustrated.”

Miami went 24 for 30 from the line, but three of those six misses proved particularly costly. James missed one of two free throws with 16.2 seconds to go, and Chalmers missed the first of two on his trips to the line in the final seconds of both regulation and the first overtime.

“We had our chances,” Spoelstra said. “Either a key stop, one less turnover, a free throw here or there, we had our opportunities. They made one last play.”

Said Chalmers, who was 8 for 10 from the line: “I missed the two most important ones.”

The Heat (52-23, .693) remained percentage points ahead of Indiana (53-24, .688), which lost earlier Friday night at Toronto, 102-94.

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