"The Big Ticket" was in his old stomping grounds and he looked quite at home. The Celtics may have been without Ray Allen and backup swingman Mickael Pietrus, but they had no trouble against a VERY shorthanded TWolves team.
The Wolves were without three of their top four scorers. J.J. Barea, Nikola Pekovic & Michael Beasley were all out and there's a chance we may not be seeing them anytime soon. J.J. won't travel with the team on their road trip (starts Sunday vs. Portland), Pek & Beas will go, but there's no certainty they'll even play.
The result of not having those three guys tonight? The Timberwolves' lowest scoring output of the season: 79 points. The team's previous low was 80 vs. the Grizzlies on Feb. 8th.
The TWolves got off to a bad start as the Celtics outscored them 31-20. The Celtics held a double-digit advantage--basically through the remainder of the game. After three quarters the TWolves were down by 12. The TWolves scored 12 points in the fourth quarter while the Celts went off for 21 to finish the game; 79-100.
Kevin Love had a chance to score 500 points in the month of March, but fell just 9 points short. He finishes his UNBELIEVABLE month of March with totals of: 491 points, 223 rebounds and 48 three-pointers made.
Let's take a look at some of tonight's top performers for each team...
Kevin Love: 22pts, 11reb, 3ast, 3tos, 1fl, 5-18 FG, 2-5 3PT, 10-11 FT in 39 min.
Luke Ridnour: 15pts, 2reb, 8ast, 1stl, 4tos, 3fls, 7-13 FG, 1-3 3PT in 36 min.
Kevin Garnett: 24pts, 10reb, 4ast, 1blk, 2tos, 3fls, 12-18 FG in 34 min.
Paul Pierce: 21pts, 9reb, 2ast, 1stl, 2tos, 4fls, 9-20 FG, 2-6 3PT, 1-3 FT in 34 min.
NOT: The Timberwolves. Minnesota shot 35% on the night. Kevin Love connected on just 5 field goals in 18 attempts. Starting power forward Derrick Williams shot just 5-of-14 on the night and finished with 14 points. Beyond Love, Luke & D-Will, no other TWolves players scored in double digits.
MISC.: Rajon Rondo had two more assists than the entire TWolves team! He finished with 17 on the night.....Ray Allen was out, but Avery Bradley started in his place and had 17pts on 6-of-9 shooting.....Bass added 12pts & 6reb......
Fast Break PTS
PTS in the Paint
Team TO's (PTS off)
FINAL NOTES: Vanilla Ice performed at halftime at the Target Center and hear from people in attendance it was a lot of fun and no one left their seat after the first half!.....Check out our injury report to get full updates on Pek, Beas & J.J. for the upcoming two-game road trip (and beyond)......The Timberwolves are now 0-6 against the Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics......
UP NEXT: Sunday April 1st vs. the Portland Trailblazers, at the Rose Garden, tipoff 8pmCT
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