The Timberwolves kept things close through the first half, it was just a one-point game after two quarters, 49-50. Then midway through the third quarter, George Karl protested a offensive foul on Ty Lawson in which he lowered his shoulder and sent Rubio to the floor. He had to be contained by his assistant coaches and even shoved one of his own players out of the way as he came out to near mid-court, barking at the officials. The tantrum he threw, obviously garnered a technical foul.
Karl knew exactly what he was doing, however. The 'fit' he threw energized his team as they rattled off possession after possession with easy baskets to pull away.
The Wolves didn't got within single digits just one more time after that big run as the Nuggets closed it out for the 23-point victory.
Midway through the fourth quarter, with the outcome of this one no longer in doubt the Nuggets began to 'clown' the Wolves. They were running the break for easy transition dunks and on a specific possession, Andre Miller threw the ball off the backboard to Kenneth Faried who attempted (but missed) the oop. He didn't make that shot, but it was that kind of fourth quarter for the Timberwolves.
The Wolves have now lost 38 games and will head back home to facet the Dallas Mavericks tomorrow night at the Target Center.
Let's take a look at tonight's top performers...
M. Gelabale: 19pts, 4reb, 3ast, 1blk, 4fls, 8-10 FG, 2-2 3PT, 1-1 FT in 31 min.
J.J. Barea: 15pts, 2reb, 4ast, 3stls, 3tos, 5fls, 6-14 FG, 3-6 3PT in 27 bench min.
R. Rubio: 11pts, 4reb, 6ast, 3tos, 3fls, 4-9 FG, 0-1 3PT, 3-4 FT in 29 min.
Ty Lawson: 32pts, 1reb, 3ast, 1stl, 4tos, 3fls, 12-17 FG, 4-4 3PT, 4-4 FT in 34 min.
C. Brewer: 15pts, 1reb, 2ast, 2stls, 2tos, 1fl, 7-13 FG, 0-2 3PT, 1-2 FT in 25 bench min.
A. Iguodala: 11pts, 5reb, 3ast, 4stls, 3blks, 1to, 2fls, 4-10 FG, 1-1 3PT, 2-3 FT in 32 min.
I was expecting a good duel from Lawson & Rubio, but Ty absolutely killed the Wolves tonight. He had 14 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter (and 14 of the Nuggets' 28 total 4thQ points) as the Nuggets easily closed out Minnesota. Former Wolf Corey Brewer had a good time against his former squad. He added 15 and had 6 of those in the final quarter as he was above the rim for the majority of the night. Iguodala had a spectacular all-around game as he stuffed the stat sheet.
I realized while I watched tonight's game that I had almost completely forgot that Andrei Kirilenko & Nikola Pekovic even played for the Wolves! It's only been 4 games for AK & 3 games since Pek has been out, but its definitely seemed like a lot longer. They'll also miss tomorrow's game vs. Dallas and will be re-evaluated next week.
Team TO's (PTS off)
Fast Break PTS
PTS in the Paint
That's all for now, Wolves are back in action tomorrow night at the Target Center vs. Dallas. Until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!