ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -Al Jefferson had 11 points and 17 rebounds, fellow newcomer Ryan Gomes scored 12 points, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat Efes Pilsen 84-81 Saturday in the first game of the NBA Europe Live tour.
Gomes had 10 points and nine rebounds in the first half. Ricky Davis scored 12 points.
Drew Nicholas scored 24 points, and Andre Hutson had 15 points and 19 rebounds for the Turkish team.
The Timberwolves spent the past week training in Istanbul as part of the Europe Live tour, helping dedicate a new basketball court and community center at a local school. They also distributed hearing aids to more than 1,000 children.
The Timberwolves traded longtime star Kevin Garnett, the NBA's leading rebounder each of the previous four seasons, to the Boston Celtics during the offseason. Jefferson and Gomes were two of the five players Minnesota got back in the deal.
The Timberwolves play the Celtics next week in London.

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Celtics improving Finals odds The Boston Celtics are showing signs that they want to be in the hunt to win the NBA Finals next season. Do oddsmakers feel the Celtics are...
Thumbnail Warriors re-sign Curry, Iguodala The Golden State Warriors are committed to keeping their championship team together. The team re-signed a number of players last week to improve their odds to...
Thumbnail Paul George joins the Thunder The Oklahoma City Thunderwon the Paul Georgesweepstakes last week. How has this impacted the team’s ability to win the NBA...
Thumbnail Rockets improve Finals odds After making a big splash this week, are the Houston Rockets making a push to win the 2018 NBA Finals?
Thumbnail Updated NBA Finals Odds After a busy week with the NBA Draft taking place, which team improved their odds to win the 2018 NBA Finals?

NBA Team Pages